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Old April 22, 2009, 07:31 PM
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Looking to build a gaming rig myself with new parts..

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHZ 1066FSB 3MB $152
EVGA 9800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ 256BIT GDDR3 $138
Corsair 4GB DDR2 2X2GB $50
ASUS P5KPL-CM $76
500GB HD $60
Power Up Black Gamer ATX Mid-Tower Case w/ 450-Watt PSU $50

Total $526 CAD before tax.

Any suggestion or imporvements? my budget is very limited that is $550 CAD max before tax.

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Old April 22, 2009, 07:46 PM
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You will have fun with this setup. What size of monitor you have ? For sure I will update the PSU, PSU with age loose power due to condenser leakage. So better go with a 650 , I look at your case, the ventilation is not great , and forgot this PSU. I see to many of those kind short the output regulator and send 120 volts to the drive , the board and kill every parts in the system

Since you go with a GPU , you can choose a P31 instead of a G31, here a link to an example with Gigabyte only $ 63
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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Old April 22, 2009, 07:56 PM
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You could save some more money, use shopbot.ca :] shows u lowest price, and if ur using NCIX they price match :]
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Old April 22, 2009, 08:35 PM
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Drop the E7400 for an E5200, the E7400 isnt worth the price difference, only step up from the E5200 thats worth it is the E8400. Other then that the build would be much better then the AMD one you listed. E5200 would save you $60 atleast.
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Old April 22, 2009, 09:01 PM
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Definitely get a bigger PSU, at least a 500W or perhaps up to 650W if you can afford it. There's a TX650W on sale at NCIX for $100 but then again that might make you go OB. Don't trust OEM PSU's for full-on gaming rigs, only trust them for little office or folding rigs, as far as I'm concerned.

You can definitely save some money if you use Shopbot or Pricecanada to find the lowest prices and then pricematch them at NCIX. Definitely switch to the E5200, it's hella-overclockable and has allegedly reached 4.0Ghz by an overclocker on NCIX forums, using a Gigabyte G31M-S2 (link is the closest avaliable thing to that board, the ES2L).

Right now there's a sale at NCIX, $130 for a GTS 250 after $20 MIR, if you don't mind MIR's.
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Old April 22, 2009, 09:23 PM
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+1 to the GTS 250, 9800GTX+s (GTS 250s) are great gaming cards and a steal at $130.
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Old April 23, 2009, 01:04 AM
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Thanks to all of you for the great suggestion! I love shopbot.ca

Here is what i came up to :
E5200 / 2.5 GHz 800 MHz $85
GTS 250 Superclocked 771MHZ 512MB 2.246GHZ DDR3 $130
Corsair DDR2 PC2-6400 C5 Twinx 2 x 2GB $35
ASUS P5KPL-CM $61
500GB HD $70
Case $31

and now for the power supply:
Whats my best catch on these PSU's
Power Supply Units - Price Comparison - Canada's Cheapest Prices
max price willing to go on the PSU is $80

and again thanks a lot..
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Old April 23, 2009, 04:47 AM
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Case $ 31 ? do you have a link
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NCIX has some good power supplies in their surprise sale this week:
Corsair TX650W $80 after MIR
Corsair VX450 $60 after MIR
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Old April 23, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Yeah I was gonna sudgest those PSUs at NCIX, plus you should try and grab an antec 300 case, their dirt cheap but garranteed better cooling then that $31 case. and bumped the HD which im assuming is a seagate up to a western digital 640gb, its a much faster drive for not much more.
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