New build ~gaming help $600 - $900 CAD

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks, willing to wait if something great is coming

Budget Range: $600 - 900 after rebates, a little bit flexible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe, probably not

SLI or Crossfire: probably not.

Additional Comments: I'd like something that will last a little while, but I'm fine with running my games on medium and such. This will be for SWTOR, but I would like to run shooters and rpgs, current and upcoming.


NCIX Bundle Deal - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor & Saphire Pure CrossFireX 890GX Motherboard

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 Intelli Power 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

Coolermaster Elite 371 ATX Tower Case 3X5.25 1X3.5EXT 5X3.5INT Front USB Audio *No PS*

XFX Radeon HD 6950 XXX 830MHZ 1GB 5.2GHZ DDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2XMINI DisplayPort Video Card

OCZ ZX Series 850W ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC 80 Plus Gold 70A Power Supply 140MM Fan Black 5 Yr Wrty


This comes in at ~$820.
What am I missing?

Thanks all.

Edit: Added dvd drive.
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  1. Since your running autocad, I suggest that you upgrade to phenom ii x6 since it's multithreaded and get a 9XX chipset mobo as 8XX will NOT support AM3+ after the first generation of bulldozers. Then you can upgrade to a 8 core bd and have a very enjoyable time computing. Hope this helps. :)
  2. Something great is coming along this month so you'd better hold your horses :). It will change alot of of prices.
  3. Sorry, what's this about autocad now?

    @Cutebeans: lol good point.
  4. pascau said:
    Sorry, what's this about autocad now?

    @Cutebeans: lol good point.

    he thought CAD meant a program (AUTOCAD), didn't know it was canadian dollars :)
  5. Ah, ok that makes more sense now haha.
  6. Added DVD drive.
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    You would easily eat SW:TOR with a 6950 and can play games at med to high. More times at high and occasionally at med depending on the game. :)

    Get this PSU btw, your PSU is overkill. You can easily power a 6950 with 500w but this adds a lot of headroom.

    It's better if you get a AM3+ motherboard for future upgradability.

    Anyway, that board you bought is not needed as you are not overclocking or crossfiring. It's cheap because it's AM3 not AM3+.
    Am3+ can be used to upgrade to bulldozer
  8. Cool, thanks for the advice.

    Ordered with changes made to an AM3+ mobo and such.

    Thanks again!
  9. Best answer selected by pascau.
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