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Old October 16, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Default Going to build my first gaming rig

Hello everyone. I'm new to posting
on these forums, (as can be seen by my rediculously
low post count) but I am not new to reading them.
I have found them a wonderful source of knowledge,
for the most part. And with that knowledge, I will
finally be building my first mid-high end gaming rig. :D

I will be ordering the parts from NCIX, and my monitor from
Tigerdirect, both in around 4-6 weeks from posting this.
The computer will be used mainly for gaming, as well as some Photoshop,
InDesign and other photo editing programs, but not at the professional
level. I do plan on lapping the cpu, and the heatsink. I will be overclocking the cpu.

My overall price range is approximately $2000 - $2400 CAD. including the monitor.

The parts I have decided on (and am now asking the veterans for
there opinions on) are as follows

CPU - NCIX - Intel E8400, Core 2 Due E8400 Wolfdale Dual-Core Processor

EDIT - CPU Heatsink - - Buy OCZ Vendetta 2 Triple Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 120MM Fan 800-1500RPM 20-32DBA - OCZTVEND2 In Canada.
Will be putting a Noctua NF-S12 fan on it.
EDIT - Motherboard -

Ram - - Buy Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - 996593 In Canada.

Vid Card - - Buy Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 X2 750MHZ 2GB 3.6GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - GV-R487X2-2GH-B In Canada.

Power Supply - - Buy OCZ Elitexstream OCZ800EXS 800W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black - OCZ800EXS In Canada.

Case - - Buy Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - RC-932-KKN1 In Canada.

Hard Drive - - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1000GB 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM - ST31000340AS In Canada.

DvD Writer - - Buy Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBD TruDirect 22X DVD+R/-R Lightscribe DVD Writer Black SATA OEM - SH-S223Q/BEBD In Canada.

Network Card - - Buy D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter 802.11 Draft N B/G Triple Antenna PCI Adapter - DWA-552 In Canada.

EDIT - Total before monitor - $1950 CAD. And I believe I remembered everything. (Forgot to include the price of the mobo.)

Monitor I am considering (because of the viewing angles and response time it seems like it isn't a TN panel)
- SVA 2400w 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 6ms, 800:1, 1920x1200 (WUXGA), VGA, DVI, Black in Canada at

As a side note, I will be purchasing the Premier Partner before I order my computer parts, and am considering a 30" monitor depending on how much money I have after ordering the computer itself. I have not read any other posts regarding this but I plan on it tonight after work. Thank you in advance. :)

Last edited by Zankras; October 17, 2008 at 01:27 PM.
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