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Lone Apothecary May 12, 2009 05:52 PM

1500-2000$ Gaming Build
This is my very first build so I'm not very familiar with building computers or buying parts. I'm making it mostly for gaming but also for everyday tasks such as going on the internet, watching movies and the like.

I'm buying it in Canada from newegg.ca unless anyone has suggestions for a better site. I'd like to buy it all from the same site if possible just for convenience.

I'm going with an Intel processor but I'm deciding between the i7 or the core 2 quad. Whichever one will work better with the 4870 is what I'll most likely go with.

I'm buying the ATI 4870, but I'm not sure which brand to get. I'm leaning towards xfx for their warranty, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm going to buy one to start with and maybe add in another one later in crossfire.

I'm going with this Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives for my hard drive unless there's a better 320 gig one. I don't need anything over 320 gigs but nothing under 200 gigs.

I'm still deciding on what ram to get , but I'm thinking of getting 4 gigs of ddr2 ram from either G.Skill or Corsair but other suggestions for brand or type would still be great. Also suggestions for a motherboard that goes well with the ram would be great.

I'm buying a Lian Li full tower case because I'm planning on upgrading the computer whenever I need to. I'm just wondering which case most people think has the best quality for the price. Lian Li is the only brand I've really researched a lot so any other suggestions would be great.

I can't really decide on any motherbaords yet because I'm not sure exactly which parts I'm getting so if you could suggest a motherboard that would go well with your other suggestions it would be a great help.It would also be great if the motherboard was crossfire compatible.

I'm getting this Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies for my power supply unless it's overkill for the parts I'm getting.

I'm not planning on overclocking it so I don't really need a better heatsink.

I'm planning on getting windows Vista for the operating system but that's really just a sidenote.

Once I've chosen all the parts I'll also be getting a monitor, but going over the budget with the monitor wouldn't really be a problem. I've read a few threads on different forums about new builds around this price but not many of them were built with the parts I had in mind so I'm just going to ask for your opinions. Sorry if this has already been asked in another thread. Sorry if I've left anything out or made any mistakes and thanks in advance for any help you can provide. :thumb:

rapmaster May 12, 2009 06:00 PM

you should go with i7 with that budget and if you planning to crossfire a 4870 or anything higher, get a corsair TX850 instead

rapmaster May 12, 2009 06:02 PM

here one of the built I suggested, just replace the video card to the one you prefer


martin_metal_88 May 12, 2009 06:09 PM

The only thing I change is the ram. Patriot isn't the worst but for the same price you can get this G.skill wich most of the time perform better
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ In Canada.
The rest is pretty good and a realy well balaced rig. You can also try to see if you can find a GTX 275 for about 50$ more
Don't forget to price math that can make you save big and order bigger:P

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Lone Apothecary May 12, 2009 06:58 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely go with the g-skill ram and I'll look up some comparisons between the 275 and the 4870.

Realityshift May 12, 2009 07:15 PM

GTX 275 stomps the 4870, the GTX 275 is very close to the GTX 285 in terms of performance but is $100 less, you could also take a look at the 4890 but from what ive seen the GTX 275 is a bit faster and similarly priced.

Honestly I would spend the extra and get a WD 640gb black hard drive, its not so much about the extra space as it is the speed of the drive, they are very fast and very affordable. also the TX750 will easily be able to handle a dual card setup, it MIGHT struggle with 2 GTX 275s, but I know it can run 2x GTX 280s so I think 2 GTX 275s would be easily handled.

Oh and theres a review of the GTX 275 as well as the 4890 on this site..



They both tend to hover around $275 or so on most ETailers.

Lone Apothecary May 12, 2009 07:25 PM

Thanks for suggesting the gtx 275 I didn't take the time to look at it and assumed it was meant to compete with the 4870 when it wasn't. Again thanks for suggesting the 275 because it seems like a better choice than the 4890.

martin_metal_88 May 12, 2009 07:31 PM

We are all here for advise;) ask anything if ever needed

Lone Apothecary May 12, 2009 08:33 PM

One last question for now : Which brand is the best for Nvidia cards? I know xfx is a good brand because of the research I did on it while browsing ATI cards, but that's it.

rapmaster May 12, 2009 08:37 PM


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