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October 6, 2012 1:29:47 PM

Hello everyone! I'm building a new PC build for gaming.
Here's what I have in mind so far:
(Please note: This list has been updated, the total cost being $644)

Video card - ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


CPU - AMD FX6100
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...



MOTHERBOARD - MSI 970A-G46 AMD 9 Series
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


PSU - Thermaltake 750W Modular PSU
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...



CASE - Thermaltake V3 Black edition MID tower case
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...



RAM - Kingston HyperX Red Series 8GB (4x2) DDR3 memory
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


Hard Drive - Hitachi Deskstar 1TB
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


CD Drive - Samsung internal DVDRW
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


Questions and concerns:

I've reviewed the video card that I've chosen, It appears that its a 6pin connector, however my motherboard is ony 8 pin and 24 pin. Where would i plug in my card? do I need a different motherboard? Thanks to anyone who can help me with this.

Note: I like the parts that I've chosen, and I like purchasing from tigerdirect. Please do not refer to a different company, I really just want answers to my questions. My monitor only supports VGA connectors, which is why i chose the asus 550 ti. I'm on a budget (No higher than $720). Thank you for your time.

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October 6, 2012 1:33:18 PM

MRC390 said:

Motherboard - MSI 970A-G46 AMD 9 Series Motherboard (ATX, Socket AM3+ AMD 970 chipset)
My question : It says that this motherboard supports up to 32GB of ram - 64bit. What does it mean by 64bit? Does ram come in 32bit and 64bit? How do I know if ram is 32bit or 64bit?

My main concerns are: Will the ram i chose work with the motherboard?

Do i need a full tower case for my video card and motherboard? Since the motherboard is ATX so could I use a mid tower case instead?

64-bit is referring to the OS. There's Windows 64-bit and 32-bit. You'll want 64-bit.

Mid tower will be fine, even plenty.

I find your GPU and CPU choice quite bad btw.
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October 6, 2012 1:41:05 PM

I chose my cpu and gpu based on price and my monitor. My monitor is VGA output. The 550 ti has 1GB of GDDR5 and can run BF3 on high settings. If you have a better card please name one for me as i'm open for suggestions. Make sure it supports VGA (Im on a budget, buying a new monitor isn't really something i wanna do) Also, if the CPU is bad, what is a better alternative? Please keep in mind (budget, price, etc) That whole build costs 627$ which is really good. What cpu and gpu should i switch to?
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October 6, 2012 2:20:10 PM

Just want to point out, do NOT buy from TigerDirect. Their pricing sucks.
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October 6, 2012 2:26:01 PM

^On my experience helping Canadians build their rigs, the above statement is true.
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October 6, 2012 3:07:52 PM

what? how so? New egg is more pricey, and I don't know of any other site thats decent. NCIX isn't bad either.
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October 6, 2012 3:14:47 PM

And why do you think the 550 ti is a bad card? Its got vga support for my monitor, its small, its powerful. If your going to say something is bad, or isn't good, atleast provide a reason.
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October 6, 2012 3:21:38 PM

I didn't say it was a bad card, I said it was a bad choice. Almost every 550 Ti out there has reference cooling to compensate for its cheap price.

And I wouldn't call it a 'powerful' card; performance-wise, it's a decent low-end card though.
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October 6, 2012 4:35:04 PM

excella1221 said:
I didn't say it was a bad card, I said it was a bad choice. Almost every 550 Ti out there has reference cooling to compensate for its cheap price.

And I wouldn't call it a 'powerful' card; performance-wise, it's a decent low-end card though.


I see. So your saying that its cooling system isn't very good? and Do you have another card in mind for vga output?
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October 6, 2012 4:35:46 PM

xTactical Llama said:
Just want to point out, do NOT buy from TigerDirect. Their pricing sucks.

Who should I buy from then?
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October 6, 2012 5:13:55 PM

none of those support vga.
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October 6, 2012 5:38:04 PM

If it means getting a better video card, why wouldn't you just buy a DVI to VGA adapter? It might mean some extra calibration on your monitor to get the most out of your setup, but check out the link in this thread and it will walk you through the process: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284998-33-performance....
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October 6, 2012 11:59:51 PM

Vdub20 said:
If it means getting a better video card, why wouldn't you just buy a DVI to VGA adapter? It might mean some extra calibration on your monitor to get the most out of your setup, but check out the link in this thread and it will walk you through the process: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284998-33-performance....

I didnt think of an adapter, thanks! Unfortunately, the link you sent me to had an error saying "the page could not be found"
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October 7, 2012 12:02:46 AM

Never mind, I got to the page, however it wasn't very explanatory. Sorry, I'm very new to this.
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October 7, 2012 12:04:02 AM

I wanted to buy from Newegg.com because its got way better prices than tigerdirect.ca (sorry i was wrong before) But Unfortunately i heard the newegg.com doesn't ship internationally, And newegg.ca Is more pricey than tigerdirect.ca
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October 7, 2012 3:20:07 AM

^Not on all counts. NCIX, Newegg, and Direct Canada probably have the best prices there.
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October 9, 2012 11:03:07 PM

excella1221 said:
^Not on all counts. NCIX, Newegg, and Direct Canada probably have the best prices there.

I searched the parts i wanted (different ones that the ones i listed previously) and the price was almost the same.
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October 10, 2012 3:08:29 AM

Ah, okay. If you say so. :) 
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October 13, 2012 1:57:42 PM

Thanks for all the advice, it really helped, I decided on all new parts for a cheaper and more efficient build. My video card (asus geforce gtx 550 ti) is a 6 pin connector, but my motherboard is 8 pin and 24 pin, So will this mean i need a different motherboard? my powersupply has PCI-E connectors but they arent 6 pins...please help :/ 
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October 13, 2012 2:13:25 PM

btw, i changed some of the parts that i plan on buying.
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