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Old April 3, 2009, 10:40 AM
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Default AMD Phenom II Build - $1500.00 gamer/multimedia

Looking to get this in the next couple days from NCIX.

If price matches are accepted, including taxes, insurance, delivery and the assembly, it comes out to $1,451.58.

I believe that everything listed below will work together (ram, motherboard, video card, psu, and cpu) BUT PLEASE - let me know if I'm missing something here!!

I'm a casual gamer, and will use it also for multimedia. It's been 7 years since my last build and I feel way overdue.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM2+ 3.0GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box

Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H AMD790GX ATX AM2+/AM3 Sideport 2PCI-E Sound GBLAN HDMI CrossFireX Motherboard

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card *IR-$50*

Patriot Extreme Viper PVS24G8500ELKR2 4GB 2X2GB PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN *IR-$10*

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBS 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Black Lightscribe OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

PC Assembly and Testing with 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG OS If Purchased)


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Old April 3, 2009, 10:47 AM
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Everything looks good, Id prefer a Corsair PSU over the earthwatts but from what Ive heard the earthwatts arent bad PSUs. $1500 seems like alot for that build... Drop that 4870 for the new 4890!

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB 850MHZ 1GB 3.9GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDTV Video Card - HD489AZDFC In Canada.

Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 1GB Review

theres a review done on site.
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Yea the powercolor 4890 is 269.99 after rebate. That would be a good choice.
NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 4890 1GB 850MHZ 1GB 3.9GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDTV Video Card - HD4890 1GB GDDR5 In Canada.
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Old April 3, 2009, 11:22 AM
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You may want a heatsink too with that 940 black? The ziggys

Buy Xigmatek [HDT-S1283] Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W 120MM PWM Fan

or these

http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=OCZ

are effective and affordable.
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Old April 3, 2009, 11:27 AM
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thanks very much for those video card choices! will definitely be considering them.

But that aside, do you still believe it's too expensive even with taxes, shipping, insurance and the price of build and OS config?
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Old April 3, 2009, 11:33 AM
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I do plan on overclocking, but is a heatsink a necessity? i've heard that the stock fan/heatsink with the 940 is not too bad.
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An after market HSF combo seems to be the way to go to get better results. I am not really familiar with the AMD CPU/HS combos though. Can't hurt though!
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Even though I don't support it, with that kind of money you could get a Core i7.

If you're serious bout going Phenom II, get a X4 920 or 810. If you don't mind getting a triple core, you could get the X3 720 and see if you could unlock that 4th core. These chips overclock very well as well and the performance hit shouldn't be huge.

Get a Corsair HX620 instead. Corsair has great PSUs.

I recall seeing a $199.99 ATI 4870, but I don't remember if it was the 512MB or 1GB one. Or you could get the 4890, but the prices are probably inflated since they were just released yesterday.

If you're in Ontario, Canada Computer has the OCZ Vendetta 2 on sale. I have this cooler myself and it's excellent.

Also, your parts seem to be VERY expensive. Don't forget to check out NCIX's weekly sales, price match the competition, and check the forums here for some hot deals.

Edit: Just saw the Powercolour 4890 for $269.99. Omg.
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Even though I don't support it, with that kind of money you could get a Core i7.

If you're serious bout going Phenom II, get a X4 920 or 810. If you don't mind getting a triple core, you could get the X3 720 and see if you could unlock that 4th core. These chips overclock very well as well and the performance hit shouldn't be huge.

Get a Corsair HX620 instead. Corsair has great PSUs.

I recall seeing a $199.99 ATI 4870, but I don't remember if it was the 512MB or 1GB one. Or you could get the 4890, but the prices are probably inflated since they were just released yesterday.

If you're in Ontario, Canada Computer has the OCZ Vendetta 2 on sale. I have this cooler myself and it's excellent.

Also, your parts seem to be VERY expensive. Don't forget to check out NCIX's weekly sales, price match the competition, and check the forums here for some hot deals.

Edit: Just saw the Powercolour 4890 for $269.99. Omg.
Thanks for the input! I guess i could save a few bucks and get a x4 920 or 810, i will definitely consider this.

I was feeling like my build was VERY expensive, I'll also consider getting a corsair psu if the price is right, but i want to buy all the components from NCIX, as I'll be paying them to build it.

Also - Powercolour 4890- good savings if i can get it at that price, i was also thinking i could get a less expensive motherboard that supports the RAM i've chosen as well as the CPU - but want to be able to have a board that can still handle overclocking.

Any other ways to drop down the price?? I have pricematched almost every component so far if that helps.
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Thanks for the input! I guess i could save a few bucks and get a x4 920 or 810, i will definitely consider this.

I was feeling like my build was VERY expensive, I'll also consider getting a corsair psu if the price is right, but i want to buy all the components from NCIX, as I'll be paying them to build it.

Also - Powercolour 4890- good savings if i can get it at that price, i was also thinking i could get a less expensive motherboard that supports the RAM i've chosen as well as the CPU - but want to be able to have a board that can still handle overclocking.

Any other ways to drop down the price?? I have pricematched almost every component so far if that helps.
Your motherboard will support the RAM just fine.

If you want to drop the price a bit more, get the GPU that is meant to replace the 4850, or get a 9800GTX+ or GTX260. What resolution are you gaming at?
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