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Old November 21, 2008, 02:29 PM
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Default $800 Budget Gaming Build

Hi all! Was lurking for a while but finally decided to make my first post! I'm planning on building a gaming computer this coming month or so, hope I can get some advice from all you experts. Here we go:

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Mostly light gaming with the usual word processing, internet surfing, instant messaging and HD movies. I do plan on plugging this into a 32 - 40" LCD TV. Gaming mostly just consists of Spore and Warcraft 3 so far.
2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
I'm looking at spending no more than $800 tax in. That being said, I do plan on waiting out and hoping for prices to drop. I do know about the new Intel processors coming out around Jan 18, so was wondering how that's going to affect prices. My budget is +/- $50 at most, tuition sucks...
3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
I don't have any big preferences, but I have had ASUS mobo's that have worked great for me in the past. I'd just like whatever is good, best bang/buck and good customer service.
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
I have already grabbed a pair of Corsair ram thus far.
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit - TWIN2X4096-6400C5 In Canada.
6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Yes I have done my research but I am still a novice to current technology.
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
No OCing is currently planned.
8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Timeline as mentioned above is sometime end of December to early 2009. I'm just waitng for prices to drop back down... Our dollar is taking quite the beating.
So as to the parts I'm currently looking at:

MOBO: ASUS P5Q ATX LGA775 P45 ($146)
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P5Q ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - P5Q In Canada.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 ($146)
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.66GHZ 1066FSB 3MB Retail Box - BX80571E7300 In Canada.

RAM: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB ($65 - $30 MIR)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?affiliateid=4352418&sku=25228&promoid=10 29

VID: HIS Radeon 4670 ICEQ3 750MHZ 512MB GDDR3 ($110 - $10 MIR)
NCIX.com - Buy HIS Radeon 4670 ICEQ3 750MHZ 512MB GDDR3 2XDVI HDTV Out Video Card - H467QS512P In Canada.

HD: Seagate or WD 1TB... Which one is better? ($130ish)


CASE: Thermaltake ARMOR+ MX Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($129)
NCIX.com - Buy Thermaltake ARMOR+ MX Black ATX Mid Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT No PS W/ Front USB eSATA Audio - VH8000BWS In Canada.

PSU: Mushkin HP-550 550W ATX 12V 24PIN ($95 - $15 MIR)
NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin HP-550 550W ATX 12V 24PIN SLI Ready ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan - 550200 In Canada.

DVD-R/W: Something $30ish that's decent? ($30ish)

SUB: $851
MIR: $55
TOTAL: $796~

As you can see I'm at $800 before tax. Hopefully going to see prices drop for me to grab parts $800 after tax. Prices were taken from PriceCanada and I'll pricematch accordingly as deals come along. The Video card, I'm just looking for best bang for my money and it has to be quiet to an extent. As I'm lazy I prob will stick to stock cooling.

So, what do you guys think? Thanks in advance for all your help. :help:
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