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Help me build a 1000$ gaming computer with a few restrictions

Hey everyone,

I'm on the lookout for a new gaming computer that respects the following criterias:


Approximate Purchase Date: In the upcoming weeks

Budget Range: 800-1000$ CAN

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (newest games), Word processing, Videos

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

MANDATORY Website for Parts: https://www.pcczone.com/pc-builder?subid=1

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: - I won't be going for a Seagate HD (I passed through 3 of 'em in the last 7 months... did read about a firmware problem?)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I own a 24 inches screen and would like the best possible resolution

Additional Comments:


- The computer has to be able to run the newest games on highest settings

- Quality / Reliability is important

- Possibility for future upgrades is a plus


For those wondering why I need to buy from that place, well it has to do with government subvention (student here) as long as I buy from local merchant.


Thanks a lot in advance for the advices, am really lost atm.
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  1. 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.

    Again, thanks for the help!
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  3. 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).

    Can you make a similar build from the parts offered at this store?: https://www.pcczone.com/pc-builder?subid=1

    Thanks!
  4. This is what I have right now:

    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.

    Hopefully it helps you guys give me your 2 cents.
  5. Replace above components accordingly with following

    Mobo: https://www.pcczone.com/asus-m4a88td-v-evo-usb3-am3-ddr3-motherboard-atx.html
    HDD: https://www.pcczone.com/wd-caviartm-green-wd10ears-1-tb-sata-64mb-cache-hdd.html
    CASE: https://www.pcczone.com/cooler-master-haf-912-rc-912-kkn1-mid-tower.html
    PSU: https://www.pcczone.com/ocz-fatal1ty-550w-atx12v-v2-2-and-eps12v-ocz550fty.html

    Hopefully it might do a bit of deduction in total budget but unfortunately couldn't select my preferred components cause they r out of stock or either price is higher then regular.
  6. @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...
  7. Why can't you use Newegg.ca? I bought the components for my computer there. (I live in Montreal)
  8. 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.
  9. @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.

    Do take note of wat gkay09 said if u r going to add another card in future then buy this board https://www.pcczone.com/asus-m4a89gtd-pro-usb3-am3-ddr3-motherboard-atx.html which is 10$ expensive then the gigabyte he listed but i will prefer Asus. Also get the 700w PSU https://www.pcczone.com/ocz-stealthxstream-2-ocz700sxs2-700w-atx-power-supply.html if budget is tight or else get the Corsair 750w PSU https://www.pcczone.com/corsair-tx750w-cmpsu-750tx.html

    In GPU side if u r going crossfire later then drop 470 and get any one of these https://www.pcczone.com/asus-engtx460directcutop-2d-1g-1gb-ddr5-video-card.html https://www.pcczone.com/sapphire-toxic-hd-6850-1gb-gddr5-pcie-100315txsr-video-card.html it will help u buy the Mobo and PSU i listed above.
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