Thanks gkay09, that amounts to 923$ + tx which is right on budget. However, I'd like a little explanation around your build. For example, any tough choices in there? Is there anything I can downgrade (and thus save $$$) for a minimal performance decrease or upgrade but for a bigger bang?
Also, I'd like to hear from a few others since having 3-4 ppl go in the same direction will make me buy in confidence.
Asus board is based on 890FX chipset and have 2 x (PCI-E 2.0 x16) better for future when adding another GPU. Samsung HDD has better performance then W.D. 750w PSU is a lot for it but is better for future upgrades. If u wana save some $$ then go with this GPU http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Thanks for your input mianmars. I do see many great advices around the forum coming from you and so, I highly value your input here. However, I can't buy from newegg (has to be from a physical store in my home province of Quebec).
1 x AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHZ Black Edition HDZ955FBGMBOX 144.99$
1 x Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 DDR3 Motherboard ATX 144.16$
1 x Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600MHZ KHX1600c9d3K2/4G 94.50$
1 x WD Caviar™ Black™ WD1001FALS, 1 TB SATA 92.22$
1 x ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5/V2 1280MB DDR5 Video Card 270.30$
1 x LG GH22NS50 SATA Black 23.13$
1 x Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600W RS600-PCARE3-US 79.99$
1 x Cooler Master 690 II Advanced RC692KKN2 ATX / MATX Mid Tower 98.99$
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit English 1PK DVD OEM (GFC-00599) 109.99$
1 x Complete assembly and testing of the system includes 6 months warranty 55.00$
Total Price : 1113.27$
However, this is overbudget for me so I'd like to know if there's some components that I can cut on without compromising a lot of quality / performance.
@MtlPat Better to stay away from the CM Extreme Power PSUs,...
Mobo - If you will not go Crossfire then get the board that mianmars linked, but if you want to go Crossfire, then get the one that I have linked.
PSU - Again for Crossfire go with the Corsair, but if you wont go Crossfire, then get the OCZ Fatality...
mianmars: thx a lot, looking into it and at first glance, looks pretty much like something I'll end up with.
gkay09: thx for the heads up on that PSU, will go have a look at why they have a bad rep.
wortwortwort: The government gives away those great 0% interest loans to buy a computer BUT we need to buy it from a store that operates physically in the province of Quebec. Unfortunately, newegg doesn't qualify.
@Mtlpat Cooler Master PSU are wrongly advertised of their specs, a 600w wont be full 600w but some where 500 in reality or even less, though their high end PSU's are fine just there 400-600w unites have bad reviews every where. Best known are Corsair, Antec, OCZ etc.