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October 4, 2010 3:28:28 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: A week or so

Budget Range: Under a $1000 CAD please

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, and Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca & NCIX.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Nothing specific

Overclocking: Probably

Built to Last: 3-5 years

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: Mostly going to used for GW2, TF2, CSS, and some other newer games

Thanks for your help guys!

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October 4, 2010 3:41:12 AM

At just 1440 x 900 i would say a HD 4850/GTS 250 on the cheap or a GTS 450 would be fine and your project could be concluded well under $1k CAD
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October 4, 2010 4:47:35 AM

Do you think I could get an i5 750 Setup or would I have to go with the more budget friendly AMD
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October 4, 2010 5:48:58 AM

^^ IMO if the OP wants to play the current games @1440x900 with relatively high settings, I think he would need more than a GTS 450...
HD 5770/ even better the GTX 460 would a very good option IMO...
For just gaming, IMO AMD would offer better VFM,...
X4 955 + ASUS 890GX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

HD 5770
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CASE - Any
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|11-146-061^11-146-061-TS,11-147-153^11-147-153-TS

Mushkin 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU - Antec EA 650
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD - Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DVD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Total - ~CAD 866(Not including any additional charges)
Also check in ncix and other CA sites as they might offer better prices...
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October 4, 2010 6:07:34 AM

TF2 is actually requires a fairly good GPU to run it smoothly at max settings at even 1680x1050. CSS is no biggie, since i max out 300fps on every map (including custom mod maps). So I'd actually agree with gkay, about the 5770 or a GTX 460. But to be more assured you should go with a 5850 DirectCU or TwinFrozr, that way you could OC up to a 5870 stock performance easily. Plus the 5850s are only 240-280, and the directcu is only 280$ (after rebate its 260$ US). while the twinfrozr is 260$ + a MIR which totals to only 240$ so.... That'll be really cost effective.

The 955 or 965 will defiantly will be sufficient enough for your usage. Those two cases, I would only recommend the Gamma, but even that is a maybe. As if you want to OC you won't be able to fit most CPU coolers. Plus the airflow is kind of iffy.
So GPU OCin would be out of the question as well. I'd actually recommend the Cooler Master Scout: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Or the Cooler Master 922:http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Or a cheaper option, The Antec 300 Illusion: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

A good CPU cooler if you do plan to OC is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ or the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B. I'd recommend going to NCIX to buy those since Newegg is kind of pricey for those.
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October 4, 2010 6:19:57 AM

I'll comment in a couple of days when Ncix's new sale starts.
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October 4, 2010 11:44:38 AM

This is the build im working on

CPU = Intel i7 950 3.06ghz...............................$309.99 at NCIX

Mobo = Asus Sabertooth x58...........................$214.99 at Canadacomputers

PSU = Corsair HX 750W....................................$159.99 at Canadacomputers

RAM = Mushkin Blackline 6gb 1600mhz.............$142.00 at Canadacomputers

Case = Coolermaster HAF 922 Mid-ATX.............$89.99 at NCIX

GPU = eVGA GTX 460 756mb sc.............................$199.99 at Tigerdierct.ca

HDD = WesternDigital Caviar Black 650gb.........$57.99 at NCIX

DVD = ASUS Black 24x........................................$24.99 at NewEgg.ca

Total = 1199.93

you may not want i7 since ur only for gaming. i want it for video editing. Just switch to i5 and get a sabertooth x55 or another lga 1156 socket which i didnt research much on. ur costs gonna go down for sure.

I also need to get a heatsink and probably some more fans for the case.

I already have mouse, keyboard, monitor, and also an external 1TB.

I would reccommend 750W plus psu if you plan on SLI or Crossfire anytime in the future. The corsair psu have some really awesome reviews. so ive read.
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October 4, 2010 2:12:06 PM

OP never said he wanted a i7.
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October 5, 2010 12:28:56 AM

I was thinking the i5 750
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October 5, 2010 12:35:44 AM

Ermm.... although i5 is good, but OP doesn't really need the 750, since intel chipsets usually total up to more money, OP isn't really playing that cpu intensive things so.... The AMD way is good enough, and its much cheaper total with AMD.
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October 5, 2010 1:21:23 AM

I kinda want to go Intel because I want to SLI eventually, but you can't really do that on an AMD chipset, so either an MSi NF980-G65, an MSi Fuzion board, or just go with Intel
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October 5, 2010 2:15:16 AM

Sli rarely offers a good upgrade path, by the time you want more performance (which I imagine will be a while at 1440) there will be much better single card upgrades to be had for the money.

In fact, SLI scales pretty badly at low resolutions like that anyway.
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October 12, 2010 2:53:09 AM

Best answer selected by Pengle.
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