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February 13, 2012 9:46:44 PM

Hey guys, I'm from Canada and I'm debating on getting a new computer, reason why I want one is to do some gaming on it. I have a capable laptop already, (i7 2630QM, 6gb of ram, 6770m), but sometimes I want to play some demanding games but can't because of my laptop's limitations. Another deciding factor is that I'm heading off to university next year and it's pretty far so I don't know if it's realistic to bring my desktop and laptop with me. I don't know also how often I'll actually be playing games as I do have homework and projects since this is my last year of highschool.

This would be the build I'm going with:

PSU:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52176
RAM:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57869&promoid=10...
Videocard:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65860&promoid=10...
Motherboard (I can get it for 130):
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_72...
Case(I can get it for 105):
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112...
CPU:
http://infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=455899

I already have an OS, Hard drive, and DVD drive and everythinig else. I know this isn't computer advice only, but if you guys could also give me advice on whether I should really build one or whether I should wait it would be great. Also any tips on components is welcome too. I'm trying to keep it under 1000 after tax and right now it's at 933.

Thanks in Advance

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February 13, 2012 9:59:52 PM

Pretty good selection of components (although you should get different RAM - 1.65V does not mix well with Sandy Bridge) but it's your call.
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February 13, 2012 10:05:14 PM

could you recommend me better ram for around the same price range?
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February 13, 2012 10:31:26 PM

corruptfate said:
Hey guys, I'm from Canada and I'm debating on getting a new computer, reason why I want one is to do some gaming on it. I have a capable laptop already, (i7 2630QM, 6gb of ram, 6770m), but sometimes I want to play some demanding games but can't because of my laptop's limitations. Another deciding factor is that I'm heading off to university next year and it's pretty far so I don't know if it's realistic to bring my desktop and laptop with me. I don't know also how often I'll actually be playing games as I do have homework and projects since this is my last year of highschool.

This would be the build I'm going with:

PSU:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52176
RAM:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57869&promoid=10...
Videocard:
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65860&promoid=10...
Motherboard (I can get it for 130):
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_72...
Case(I can get it for 105):
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112...
CPU:
http://infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=455899

I already have an OS, Hard drive, and DVD drive and everythinig else. I know this isn't computer advice only, but if you guys could also give me advice on whether I should really build one or whether I should wait it would be great. Also any tips on components is welcome too. I'm trying to keep it under 1000 after tax and right now it's at 933.

Thanks in Advance


That laptops nice...not sure you are going to get a ton more out of a desktop in a reasonable price range
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February 13, 2012 10:38:47 PM

That ran that g-unit recommended is okay. But to utilize the ram to it's full potential, given your cpu choice (good one by the way) I would recommend 1600 Mhz. I suggest looking up corsair vengeance. Corsair has amazing quality control on their products and you can almost never go wrong with them. Everything else looks good. As far as building it since you're going off to college soon, I would say go for it. It will last you for a while and may come in handy when doing other intensive tasks, such as if you go into any sort of graphic design classes. I would say that it would definitely be worth it. When you leave though, I would suggest taking out your hard drives and placing them some where safe, where they wont be shaken as much (that is if you are driving) If not dont worry about it. Also, I wouldn't recommend that case if youre going to be going places with it, but if you will only be moving it once, that is fine. It is a verrryyy nice case, and I my self just bought the full tower version. Best of luck. If you have any other questions go for it! I'm more than willing to answer.
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February 13, 2012 10:40:38 PM

Oh and one more thing, that is quite a nice laptop, so you don't really NEED to build, but it is quite useful in my opinion, to have the option. Just food for thought
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February 13, 2012 10:42:45 PM

Best answer selected by corruptfate.
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February 13, 2012 10:43:17 PM

Thanks I think I'm going to hold off, as I just found out I'm going to need some money for university, so I'll save up and wait for later
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February 13, 2012 10:44:59 PM

Yeah that's a good idea. How ever, if you are really into gaming, as games become more demanding, it would be a good idea to sometime in the future, after you are already enrolled in school and have some extra cash to blow, build a computer. In the meantime though, saving up is a good idea. Best wishes!
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