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New Gaming System < $800 Canadian

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January 1, 2011 6:48:10 AM

Hi There - I posted for a computer system 6 months ago and these forums were a big help. Now I want to order parts for a system for my son.

I am trying to stay under $800 and the system is mainly for gaming. I'm pretty sure I will go with the following - but if there is something I'm not aware of with the compatability or such - PLEASE let me know. Thank you in Advance :-)

Ordering in Canada -> preference is Newegg.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week)
Budget Range: (e.g.: $800 Cdn) After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.ca)
Country of Origin: (e.g.: Canada)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I would like to use an AMD CPU)
Overclocking: not to start
Crossfire: Potentially in future
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)
Additional Comments: (I would like a quiet PC and perfer to go with standard heatsink)

...here is my proposed system:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $64.99
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / $89.99
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model $25.99

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $114.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core $167.00
GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 $189.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $53.99

total: $776.93 (leaving a bit for shipping)

** I liked the Antec case - great ventilation...sadly it doesn't have internal speakers...that threw me on previous build.

...anyone see anything wrong or could be made better for same cost?

Thanks
Kellie

January 1, 2011 9:03:04 AM

good ram cpu gpu but look at the usa Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2, i ordered mine yesterday for this great deal, sucks that it isnt priced for ca like that.. you'll also have to overclock your motherboard for the ram which i dont think should be too much of a problem. i think i should tell you that quite a few people said the stock 965 be cpus stock fan was noisy and bad but im still going to use it untill i can upgrade to a different one.. im sure if you make another thread or search exsisting threads on tomshardware you can find a suggestion for a aftermarket 965 cooler

side note: i dont believe that psu can do crossfire for GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 but you can look into it with a watt calculator - entering your system specs. the newegg watt calculator i believe over calculates but im not one to say
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January 1, 2011 2:15:20 PM

That psu is way more than enough for Crossfire 6850. Good choice by the way because if your tech savvy you can unlock your 6850 to a 6870.

Good aftermarket cooler is the Coolermaster Hyper 212+.

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January 2, 2011 12:57:55 AM

Thanks for the input.

Do you think the cpu needs an after market cooler if it isn't overclocked? Or is that because the one comes with it is noise and not very good? (if it gets overclocked later than I was thinking I could add one then).

Not very tech savy at the moment - but my thought is that if the need arises later - I could be come savy ;-)

Kellie
January 2, 2011 1:51:24 AM

Stock cooler works fine IF not overclocking...
January 2, 2011 1:34:25 PM

r-sky said:
Stock cooler works fine IF not overclocking...


people overclock it to 3.8ghz on stock cooler that ive read, and in a few days i can tell you how it goes
January 2, 2011 1:52:26 PM

geekapproved said:
Good choice by the way because if your tech savvy you can unlock your 6850 to a 6870.


that's a 6950 to a 6970 (not the 68xx series)
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January 4, 2011 3:33:35 PM

wasupmike said:
that's a 6950 to a 6970 (not the 68xx series)


My bad, your right.
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