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September 30, 2010 5:24:16 PM

Ok so my desktop PCs mobo/processor just fried (was 4-5 years old) so I now need to buy a new one...I wanna keep it under 1000$ CDN after rebates and taxes.

Purchase Date=ASAP

just a quick question- wondering if i can salvage anything from it and use in my new build (i know the RAM is useless)

But first some background information...

1) 22" LCD Monitor with 1680x1050 native resolution
2) I use it for every day use and tons of things, some gaming/movie watching (Starcraft II, Warcraft III, WoW, CS, Call of Duty)
3) Dont need: monitor, mouse, keyboards, optical drive, most perfierals
NEED: Case, CPU/mobo, RAM, Hardrive,
Maybe Need: GPU/PSU (currently i have an EVGA Nvidia 9800GTX+ 1gb and my PSU is the Ultra 750W LSP

So help me Build for under 1000$ CDN taxes in

Ive been recommended an AMD with AM3 socket...but i am open to Intel Builds

most say I can salvage my PSU cuz its good and my GPU is personal preferance and should be fine for now
i would like more opinions on this

I would like to be able to crossfire or sli in the future (not with this card tho) so a mobo that does either or would be good

Ohh add Windows 7 into the cost because I need an OS

In the post below I have a temp build gime your advice

1)as for the MOBO was wondering if i should get the FX instead duno what the 40$ diff is tbh....

2)should I upgrade my GPU and if so can someone recommend one? or is my 9800 GTX good enough?

3)Also instead of the CM690 Case what about the HAF920 for like 5$ more which is better? or can i save some money and get an even cheaper case like a HAF 912 or something (it will be in the basement so it is already a bit cooler down here)

More about : buying final review build

September 30, 2010 5:47:49 PM

incase that wishlist doesnt work heres what i got

case= CM 690 (or the HAF 922 u tell me ;) )

CPU= Phenom II X4 955 Black AM3

MOBO= ASUS m489 890GX (or the FX if its worth the 40$ duno what the diffs are)

RAM= Patriot G Series Sector 5 2x2gb DDR3

HD= Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb

OS= Windows 7
September 30, 2010 7:13:02 PM

about to order/buy anyone make any recommendations?
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September 30, 2010 7:22:59 PM

the case is fine, either the 922 or the 690.

good processor with easy overclocking (It should safely overclock on teh stock cooler to 3.5 GHz, same as a stock 970.
(the stock cooler is good up until you actually increase the voltage, after that, you need aftermarket)

I'd get a Samsung Spingpoint F3 500 GB, cheaper and faster.

Look for combos.

Mushkin Essentials DDR3-1333 is only $69.99.
September 30, 2010 7:25:31 PM

ok but do i need a new PSU or GPU?
September 30, 2010 7:25:59 PM

and can i save some $ on the case by getting say a 912 instead?
September 30, 2010 7:34:14 PM

sure, a 912 should be ok.

I'd recommend a new PSU since your old motherboard blew out.

I'd also recommend a newer GPU to get more life out of the upgrade, but that can wait a bit if you can't afford i t yet
September 30, 2010 7:44:06 PM

You are better off with the Antec 300 Illusion. It's less after rebates and has 4 fans compared to one in the 912.

Personally, I would get another GPU, Ultra's aren't known for their quality, and you don't want your old questionable PSU taking out your new parts.
This XFX is good, especially if you plan on crossfiring, and it has a good rebate.

This Antec is also solid, especially if you want to avoid the rebates

This Corsair would be more than enough if think that you might not crossfire. Rock solid and a great price.

The GPU is up to you. If you are satisfied with that card now, stick with it. If not upgrade.
Think about an Nvidia GTX460 1gb if you can afford it, and if not, the 768MB version. If its still too much, try a Radeon 5770.