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850$ Gaming PC (First Build)

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May 2, 2011 1:09:46 AM

Hello there, I really want to build a computer, and I visited this site frequently searching for information on all the different parts and whatnot. You guys obviously know a lot about computer hardware, so I thought I would show you the parts I had picked out to see if they're actually decent.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: 800-850$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing Photos/Videos, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Websits for Parts: newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: From what I've read, Sandy Bridge CPUs seem like the best, so that's what I want. Also, an HDMI output for sure.

Overclocking: Not likely

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: My first build, so go easy on me. And I realize that wireless internet is not exactly ideal for gaming purposes, but there is no way possible for me to have a wired connection short of moving the PC out of my room and into our home office (Which, by the way, doesn't have any space for another PC).

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CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

Motherboard - ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card - MSI R6850 Cyclone PE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL

Power Supply - COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

Hard Drive (OS) - Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive (Storage) - Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disk Drive - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 DVD Burner - OEM

Case - APEX Vortex 3620mini Black Metal / ABS MicroATX Tower Computer Case

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Wireless Adapter - Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant/ Vista/ Win7

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Thanks in advance.

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May 2, 2011 6:45:22 AM

Try those two outfits down below. They offer Free Shipping on orders over $50. Both of those retailers use the same address in BC but don't always have the same product and prices...so use both to your advantage. btw that board is a single card board...just to let you know.

http://www.directcanada.com/contact/ <----- Contact info for Direct Canada

http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/ <----- Contact info for Best Direct
May 2, 2011 5:18:46 PM

You marked crossfire/sli as a maybe but your board doesn't support them since it has only one pci-e 2.0x16. I would reccommend going with a board that at least has two that run at dual x8 or dual x16. That is if you want crossfire/sli in the future.

If I were you I would wait to get the ssd and put the money towards a better motherboard.

Also the Sapphire HD 5850 might be a better choice since it is a bit cheaper and slightly better.
May 2, 2011 7:03:54 PM

mlcaouette said:
You marked crossfire/sli as a maybe but your board doesn't support them since it has only one pci-e 2.0x16. I would reccommend going with a board that at least has two that run at dual x8 or dual x16. That is if you want crossfire/sli in the future.

If I were you I would wait to get the ssd and put the money towards a better motherboard.

Also the Sapphire HD 5850 might be a better choice since it is a bit cheaper and slightly better.


I agree on every point here with the exception of of dual x16. It is a waste of money. At best, you get about 2-4% increase in fps over x8/x8. Not worth the extra price (cheapest board that does x16/x16 is the ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution).

Sapphire 5850 Xtreme

ASUS P8P67-M Pro <--Good inexpensive board for Crossfire, does x8/x8

WS Revolution <--for price comparison

XFX 'XXX Edition' 650w PSU <--enough power for Crossfire, better quality than that Cooler Master you listed.

The money saved from ditching the SSD and switching GPUs can go towards the better motherboard and PSU, allowing you to stay in your budget, and giving you better future upgrade options (Xfire, unlocked CPU).
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