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November 16, 2010 1:10:31 PM

Hello,
This my first time building a PC and i'd greatly appreciate help and advice.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before December 1st, 2010.

Budget Range: Around 1400$

Usage: Mostly for gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca and ncix.com

Country of Origin: Toronto

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Parts:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965FBGMBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1259
Should I go with the 970?

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked Fermi 797MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=56600&vpn=015-P3-1582-AR&manufacture=eVGA

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=35156&vpn=CMPSU-850TX&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1259


Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=29853&vpn=TWELVE%20HUNDRED&manufacture=Antec


Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=34286&vpn=WD6401AALS&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1259


ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313


MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=52499&vpn=870A-G54&manufacture=MSI/MicroStar


Thanks!

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November 16, 2010 1:31:16 PM

Use shopbot.ca to find the lowest prices on all those components and you can PM them @ NCIX.

1) Get the AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE its cheaper by $20 and you can jsut OC it to the 970 by changing the multiplier.

2) Antec twelve hundred is nice, but the cable maangement isnt very good. Consider the Coolermaster HAF X, should be in the same price range.

3) For video cards/Motherboards, if you want to go single gpu the mobo you have now is fine. If you want to go multi gpu, I would consider an 890gx mobo such as the gigabyte 890gpa-ud3h which is a bit more expensive but allows crossfire at 8x/8x on the two pci-express slots. You can also get two Radeon 6870 cards, which scale really well.

4) You're current power supply is kind of high. You could probably get away with a 750W PSU. Also it is more expensive but consider a modular power supply. It helps make you're build much neater.
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November 16, 2010 6:11:15 PM

On the Coolmaster HAF X, looked it up and it looks solid. I'll use that one instead.

Thanks for the tip on shopbot.ca, found about $40 off so far but didn't Check Out yet.

If anyone else has advice it'd be appreciated!

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