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October 17, 2010 2:12:35 AM

hi guys, I'm trying to buy parts for a gaming PC, my limit is about $1000 CDN, here are the parts I picked out and I would like some opinions on them.


CPU Heatsink:
Zalman CNPS9700LED CPU Heatsink 110MM Fan LGA1156 775 AM3 939 940 754 1250-2800RPM Blue LED
$44.64
HD:
Western Digital 7501AALS Caviar Black 750GB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
$71.79
Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 720MHZ 1024MB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card
$229.79
CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box
$147.92
DVD:
LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM
$19.72
RAM:
Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
$73.29
Motherboard:
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 DDR3 ATX AMD 870GX SB850 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI SATA 6GB/S USB3.0 Motherboard
$102.72
Network Card:
ASUS PCE-N31 Wireless Network Adapter 802.11B/G/N Up to 300MBPS PCI-EXPRESS
$24.08
Power Supply:
Coolermaster Silent Pro 850W Modular Power Supply SLI ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC PCI-E 135mm Fan
$129.80
Sound Card:
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE PCI 7.1 Surround Sound Card (OEM)
$26.13
Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio
$92.49
Subtotal $962.36

My main issues are:
1. Is 850 W enough/too much and is the model any good (it's much cheaper than the competition)?
2. Is the Motherboard OK or should i look into something cheaper/more expensive/ into competition? I'm not looking to OC or CF at any point (I'm not really good with comps)
3. The ASUS GeForce GTX 465 Fermi 607MHZ 1024MB GDDR5 Dual DVI MINI-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card is practically at the same price as my 460, which should i buy?
4. Is the Zalman overkill (they practically only have Zalman's though at bestdirect.ca, where I'm buying the parts)?
5. Is the CPU powerful enough if I'm mostly interested in gaming? I also use Lightroom for photos and stuff, so that's a factor too?
6. Sound card/network card suggestions?? I pretty much chose random cheap ones from good manufacturers.
7. Anything else I'm missing??

Also, please note that I won't buy at Newegg, I'm in Canada and it's much cheaper to buy through bestdirect.ca, they also have free shipping on orders over $500 :D 

Thanks!

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October 17, 2010 3:08:15 AM

All of this stuff I just checked is cheaper on newegg.ca and if youre looking to buy real soon heres a great deal on better mobo for same price http://www.newegg.ca/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=Sh...


1. 850 is over kill, a 500-550w PSU from Corsair would suffice.
2. Its a good mobo can get lower if wanted since not OC. Newegg.ca has the 890GX(better) for 150.
3. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/295379-33-tomshardwar...
4. Its fine not the best but good for your uses.
5. Its a nice processor for gaming and for the money however it is a bit outdated.
6. Onboard sound is known to be fairly good these days, dont need a sound card unless you want better quality but decide after you try it out and Asus is a good brand should be a good wireless card.
7. Looks like it will be a nice build.
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October 17, 2010 3:18:06 AM

For the sound card, see how you think the onboard sounds (this only works if you're using at least semi-decent speakers) and for most people it'll be enough these days. If you don't like the sound still, try borrowing some better speakers from a friend, as it's hard to tell the difference in sound cards with low end speakers.
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October 17, 2010 4:59:33 PM

Mark Heath said:
For the sound card, see how you think the onboard sounds (this only works if you're using at least semi-decent speakers) and for most people it'll be enough these days. If you don't like the sound still, try borrowing some better speakers from a friend, as it's hard to tell the difference in sound cards with low end speakers.



okay, so i can keep the on-board sound card, but what about the on-board network card?
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October 17, 2010 5:20:48 PM

Mark Heath said:
For the sound card, see how you think the onboard sounds (this only works if you're using at least semi-decent speakers) and for most people it'll be enough these days. If you don't like the sound still, try borrowing some better speakers from a friend, as it's hard to tell the difference in sound cards with low end speakers.


that is, if i don't want wireless, or should i buy a separate network card?
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October 17, 2010 7:02:37 PM

If you dont want wireless network, use onboard
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October 24, 2010 6:01:55 AM

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