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Need advice for my first build

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February 23, 2011 1:18:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or later

Budget Range: 500-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, xfire & steam in game text chat, skype to voice chat in game, kaspersky internet security, fraps recording, surfing the internet, watch HD movies/videos, homework, audio/video editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (local computer stores in Ottawa, Ontario:,, other

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I would like nvidia because it has purevideo HD, physx & cuda.

Overclocking: Maybe only CPU

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080-1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want to play World of Warcraft Cataclysm, Guild Wars 2, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Call of Duty 4, World at War, Modern Warfare 2 & Black Ops, Need for Speed Shift & Hot Pursuit, Mafia 2, Grand Theft Auto 4 & Episodes from Liberty City, Blur, Fear 2 & Battlefield Bad Company 2 running very smoothly on ultra max settings with max AA/CSAA, AF, Refresh Rate, Foreground FPS, Background FPS, UI Scale, resolution 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, Advanced DOF, Advanced PhysX, CUDA, DirectX, Tessellation, everything except VSync & ultra max sound quality too without any problems/issues. Maybe in the next 3 years I'll upgrade my build to run all Enthusiast High-end games & most intense graphics games on ultra max settings and sound quality too. I want my built to last 5 years or longer.

I'm not good at pricing so yeah heres my rig

My guest build

CPU - Intel Core i5 650

CASE - Any case has good airflow cooler with glowing lights

HDD - 1.5TB

PSU - unkown

RAM - 4GB or 6GB

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (I have the disc)

MOBO - Asus P7P55D-E

ODD - Anything can burn, write & read Blu ray disc, DVD & CD & can watch Blu ray movies/videos

GPU - Evga Geforce GTX 460 1GB

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February 23, 2011 7:04:16 AM

You have champagne taste and a beer budget. $900 CAD...and you want a build that runs $1,200+ CAD. I can't make that budget on here...but maybe someone else can... $99.99
ASRock H67 M Socket 1155 Intel H67 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 1333/1066Mhz 7.1 CH HD Audio Gigabit LAN 2x SATAIII 6.0 Gb/s 4xSATAII 3.0Gb/s 2x USB 3.0 6x USB 2.0 Micro ATX $89.99
Intel Core i5-2300 Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 2.80Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I52300) $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL)

February 23, 2011 1:41:35 PM

I agree with Why-me^.

A sandy bridge based build is much better. We should soon see the fast dual core chips being released, and they would free up some $ to spend on the graphics card which is THE important component for gaming.

The Antec 300 illusion case has great cooling and a bit of "bling".

Spend your budget on a great graphics card, I think the GTX560Ti would be better.

I think you will still have a problem with your budget.