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issamhay April 24, 2009 10:34 AM

BUdget Gaming Build, need opinions
Hello Everyone, my name is Issam and im new here. I would really appreciate your opinion on this pc that I'm planning to build for under 1300 (LCD included). Please note that this is my first time building a PC.

1. Videocard - Radeon HD 4870 - 249.99
2. Motherboard - XFX nForce 750i SLI Extreme Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 750i, 45nm Support, Socket 775, ATX, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID. - 130 (This is compatible witht he videocard , correct?)
3. CPU - Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 - 103
4. Case: Apevia X-Cruiser ATX Black Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Audio and Firewire Ports - 110
5. Hardrive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB Hard Drive - 3.5", 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM - 68
6. CPU Cooler: ZEROtherm / Butterfly BTF90 / Socket 775/754/939/AM2 / Copper Base / Heatpipes / CPU Cooler - 58
7. PSU - Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan - 80
8. Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE - 42
9. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz (2 x 2048MB) - 40
10. DVD Burner: Lite On IHAS222-06 DVD Burner - 22x DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 22x DVD-R, 6x DVD-RW, 16X DVD-ROM, SATA, Lightscribe - 42
11. LCD Screen : eMachine ET19T6W 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Refurbished, 5ms, 800:1, 720p, VGA, DVI-D, HDCP, 16:10, 1440x900 (WXGA)

- 110

Now, to mee this setup seems pretty solid, the only thing I can think of that could maybe save me money is if I could get a case with a PSU that comes with it that can power this build, but I highly doubt it as well a cheaper but effective CPU cooler. Oh and I plan to buy all this from Tigerdirect.ca, is that a cheap site compared to the other ones that ship to Canada?Thank you for your time.:canadianwave:

rapmaster April 24, 2009 11:05 AM

why get a SLI board when you buying an ATI card?

get this instead

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte EP45-UD3P ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E SATA2 RAID HD Sound 2GLAN 1394A CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-EP45-UD3P In Canada.

and a 4870 is way overkill for an 19" monitor

rapmaster April 24, 2009 11:07 AM

You should buy at NCIX and price match or DirectCanada for their free shipping over 300$

Dave510 April 24, 2009 11:08 AM

Get the 512mb 4870. It's 50 dollars cheaper and you don't need the 1GB memory for a 19 inch screen.

dataxpert April 24, 2009 11:42 AM

OEM hard drive, pay attention to this , it may be imposible to RMA those one to WDC. ask to make sure it's not a surplus from a company like Dell, compaq, hp etc. those are the one you will have no RMA.

issamhay April 24, 2009 02:22 PM

Thank you very muthe tips, they were very helpful.

issamhay April 24, 2009 02:26 PM

Oh, when purchasing the monitor they list different contrast ratios, is the higher the ratio, the better it is? I plan on getting ASUS VH196T 19IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1440X900 5ms 5000:1 VGA DVI W/ Speaker from direct canada because it has the highest ratio, if it's not good could someone recommend a cheap 19 inch monitor from direct canada, thanx in advance.

rapmaster April 24, 2009 02:38 PM

from my understanding, the bigger the contrast radios is, the black is blacker and the white is whiter, I don't know if it will make a real difference

Realityshift April 24, 2009 05:44 PM


from my understanding, the bigger the contrast radios is, the black is blacker and the white is whiter, I don't know if it will make a real difference
Thats pretty much exactly what it is, although this number is always inflated and they almost never post their actual ratio, normally its the dynamic one or whatever... pretty well most stats on a monitor these days are marketing. just get something that has the features you want in a size your looking for.

hossdaddy April 24, 2009 05:58 PM

well to truly help you if you provide some detailed info we could help you better.

use of the machine?
If gaming what games will you be playing?
Do you have any preference for ati vs. nvidia amd vs. intel etc?
will you be overclocking?

We can provide input on the system you chose but not knowing how it will be used is only giving us half the picture.

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