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June 20, 2011 4:15:01 PM

Its been years since I've updated my computer so I wanted to seek out some advice to make sure that
A) I haven't made a stupid error in part compatibility (I've done it before)
B) This is the most economical use of my money in getting what i need.
So the build that I propose including the prices (from newegg.ca)

MotherBoard: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Price: $141.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
Price: 189.99
Video Card: ZOTAC ZT-40408-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Price: 149.99
Memory: .SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT (2)
Price: 66.98 (33.49 each)
Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
Price: 62.99
Case: Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Price: 69.49

I'll be using a fairly new 1TB Harddrive as well, although i already have that.

Overall the total cost including the shipping and taxes will run me 808.14

The computer will be used for some light gaming. Games like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Portal 2, SW TOR when it comes out. So mainly RPG type games, simulation games, the occasional FPS.

Any thoughts/advice/etc on this build would be very appreciated.

-Brad

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June 20, 2011 4:26:38 PM

Hey Brad, welcome to the forums. I'm going to do this as kindly as possible.
-Ditch the 1100t. Go with an i5-2400 or i5-2500k. Both will smoke the 1100t in almost every category.
-If you are gaming, get a better GPU. Games require more GPU power than CPU power.
-Screw that raidmax. Get a better power supply, a 500/650w from XFX, Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or Silverstone.

With an I5-2400, you could upgrade the GPU to a 6870 because of cheaper motherboards.

Also do me a favor and please fill out this form: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... It will allow us to gauge what you need, and subsequently help you tailored to your needs.

Cheers!
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June 20, 2011 4:50:19 PM

Thanks for the advice, I've filled out the form from the link you provided:


Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or two


Budget Range: 600-800 after taxes


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work, Internet Browsing, Gaming


Parts Not Required: Harddrive, monitors, mouse, keyboard


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've used Newegg.ca but any Canadian computer website works


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Full tower case, but I'm not overly brand loyal

Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution:1280X1024


Additional Comments: None
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June 20, 2011 5:06:29 PM

Ok, I have a pretty sweet build. I'm lazy, so pardon the formatting.

CPU: i5-2400 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: 6870 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

mobo: Gigabyte Z68 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Case: HAF 912 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: spinpoint f3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU: corsair cx500 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: G.skill ripjaws http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

that comes to $765 pre shipping.

Now, I suggest you do NOT order from newegg.ca. They charge a horrendous amount of shipping. I used them simply because it would be easiest to collect the parts in. Look at NCIX.ca and Directcanada.ca. Both offer free shipping on orders over $50 (might be $25) and are very good on prices. NCIX will match newegg prices.

Tell me what you think!

P.S. A benchy for you: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=203 Pay attention to higher is better/lower is better. No reason to get the 1100t lol.
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