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Old December 6, 2008, 12:00 AM
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Christmas is coming and I got a surprise for my brother. I want to build him a computer. Here are the parts I have chosen and wanted some comments and recommendations on the parts I have chosen.

Notes before I begin listing:

My budget is between 1000 - 1300 CAD. Less is always better.
This computer will not be used for overclocking.
This computer does not need SLI or Crossfire.
He uses headphones so he will not need a dedicated sound card or a speaker system.
This computer will be used for gaming and watchig videos.

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Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 22IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1680X1050 8000:1 DVI VGA - $199.00

Corsair HX520W CMPSU-520HX ATX Triple 12V 40A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E - $110.14

Patriot Viper Extreme Performance 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 Memory Kit - $39.99

Gigabyte EP43-DS3L ATX LGA775 P43 FSB 1600 OC 1PCI-E 2PCI DDR2 SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard - $99.99

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio - $55.83

Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBD TruDirect 22X DVD+R/-R Lightscribe DVD Writer Black SATA OEM - $32.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty - $85.61

Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse 5 Button 1800DPI Infrared Optical USB - $54.99

Creative Fatality Gaming Headset 8FT Noise Canceling Microphone W/ Volume Control - $41.00

Steelpad Qck Mini Mouse Pad 9.8X8.2IN - $10.49

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail - $193.31

Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card - $193.99

YOUR TOTAL $1,117.33

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Could you guys please give me any comments and recommendations you have. If you think I should switch, remove, or add anything, please say so and why.

Thank you,
Hermes.
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Old December 6, 2008, 12:34 AM
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I dont see a cpu cooler up there might i suggest an Ocz Vandetta 2 cheap and efficient? Everything looks good im not familair with gigabyte boards im an Asus fan. The Asus P5Q- pro but its 50-70 bucks more atleast but for his needs i dont think its needed. I got basically the same cpu its great.
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I dont see a cpu cooler up there might i suggest an Ocz Vandetta 2 cheap and efficient? Everything looks good im not familair with gigabyte boards im an Asus fan. The Asus P5Q- pro but its 50-70 bucks more atleast but for his needs i dont think its needed. I got basically the same cpu its great.
Thanks for your input. I did realize I did not add a CPU cooler. This is mainly for the fact that my brother won't be overclocking and that a simple stock cooler should do fine. I also prefer ASUS, but the P5Q-Pro is more then what he needs. It has many features not needed such as crossfire, for example.

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If you can afford to go a "tad more" I'd ditch that 4850 and go with this...very good deal!! Was in the Hot Deals section, you would have to to a little more research to ensure that PSU is up to snuff for this Card though!
NCIX.com - Buy BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC Maxcore 590MHZ 896MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - BFGEGTX260MC896OCE In Canada.
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Yea i prefer Nvidia as well but i figured yu had yer reasons for the ati and its cheaper. I have the Asus P5Q-E its a solid board man. And well i think its a good investment to put an aftermarket cooler even if hes not overclocking.
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I will definitely look into the Nvidia card as well as an aftermarket cooler.

Though the only question is: Is the Nvidia card overkill? Surley the 4850 won't allow me to play Crysis Warhead or Far Cry 2 on max settings with great FPS, but I can live with a bit less detail, and I have always learned not to buy something for just 1 reason. Some people buy 3 GTX 280's in SLI to ply Crysis max settings, that is just stupid.

I guess it depends what my needs are, but this price is quite nice and may serve me well. Does it work well with my motherboard?
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Some people buy 3 GTX 280's in SLI to ply Crysis max settings, that is just stupid.
I got 2...guess I'm not stupid...just a little twisted!
That is a very good deal on that Card (with the MIR...not sure if that Thread I read about a Rebate company going tits up included BFG stuff or not...?..someone will ring if it is I'm sure)...as for gaming quality....its all in what you want , expect, want to spend etc etc etc...personally ..you're building a gaming Rig..on a Budget granted...so no..I don't think a GTX 260 Core 216 at that price is Overkill!
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And well i think its a good investment to put an aftermarket cooler even if hes not overclocking.
....yeap particularly if its an E8400.....they always say "not planning on OC'ing".....then they see what the potential is and voila..."what is vCore anyhow"? :)
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I will definitely look into the Nvidia card as well as an aftermarket cooler.

Though the only question is: Is the Nvidia card overkill? Surley the 4850 won't allow me to play Crysis Warhead or Far Cry 2 on max settings with great FPS, but I can live with a bit less detail, and I have always learned not to buy something for just 1 reason. Some people buy 3 GTX 280's in SLI to ply Crysis max settings, that is just stupid.


Actually dont think of it as if the Nvidia card is Overkill. I was actually going to suggest to you the 9800GT or 8800GT or even an 9800GTX its like 125-200 bucks these are now well bottom prices for very good performance. Now the only thing is your resolution is kinda high so i dont know how well it does that high. And the other reason i recommend Nvidia is the Warranty. But its really up to yea, choose which ever is in your budget.


And the cpu cooler more for cooling and temp control if you have a small room like me a decent cooler can really help not make yer room a Sauna.
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Seagate 7200.11 500gb
Seagate 7200.10 320gb
Antec Spot Cool
Logitech X-230
Samsung 32" 720P HDTV



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Old December 6, 2008, 11:39 AM
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Hmm, you guys do make some good points. I will stil researching aftermarketing coolers. Though is my motherboard good enough for this GTX 260?
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