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Old February 5, 2009, 03:56 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Mainly, web browsing, gaming and media viewing.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

Approximately $550-$600.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

USA, Newegg

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.

A bit of an Intel fan but I could go AMD if I need to.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

Vista 64, keyboard, mouse and monitor.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

I was unable to find any.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

Yes, most likely only the CPU though.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Within a month.

I'm looking for a decently portable desktop that's stable, reliable and fairly fast. I would like it to be somewhat future proof to minimize the impact on my wallet later down the road when I upgrade.

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yikes, that budget is small...what's the resolution of your monitor? I tihnk we need to add that question into the required ones too! For gaming, resolution matters in regards to what vga you use!
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1680 x 1050.
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When pricing, keep in mind the OP is talking $550 - $600 USD purchased down south so it's a little bit more wriggle room than equiv. CDN.
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Hd4850, 9800gt.
...which takes a large chunk out of that budget...but that doesn't mean we can't work with it...
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Well, I'll do my plug for something....

To minimze cost , Ultra XBlaster is on sale now at TD which is all over the states too.

It is light enough, has enough room, no flashy stuff at all. Just get the one with the solid side.

Its cheap but it works.

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Any other opinions?

Edit: Good news, budget just upgraded to 700 USD!

Last edited by Trevor; February 13, 2009 at 05:21 PM.
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Old February 14, 2009, 08:13 AM
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Try this...

CM 590 case
ASUS P5Q Pro
Intel E5200 (OC this thing to the max!)
Pioneer DVR-216DBK
Corsair PSU (If you want to futureproof, maybe get a TX650/750 or something)
XFX Radeon 4850
Any hard drive you want, but preferrably not a Seagate 7200.11 due to bricking issues from firmware etc. You can try the 7200.12's though.
Heatsink of your choice...I prefer the Xigmatek S1283 with backplate mounting kit.

That should come close to your budget I think.
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Ok, I went a little (a lot) over budget to make this rig great. What do you think?

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