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Old May 27, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Looking to build a brand new PC, but I want to future proof it as well. I intend crossfire some 4870s at some point. This is the build I'm looking at right now.

AMD Phenom? II X3 720 Triple-Core Black Edition w/ Asus M4A78-E Motherboard Bundle at Memory Express Computers
ANTEC Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case at Memory Express Computers
Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400 Enhanced Latency Dual Channel Kit at Memory Express Computers
Corsair TX 750W Power Supply w/ 140mm Fan at Memory Express Computers
Western Digital 640GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA II w/ 16MB Cache at Memory Express Computers

Total cost is $707.95, but I'm trying to lower that. I already have a 4870 so I'm set for the video card. Anyone else have any cheaper suggestions?
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Old May 31, 2009, 05:42 PM
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I think that case is rather pricey but that's your choice, memory seems priced well for what it is. I'd imagine there are cheaper motherboards however that will do the same thing.
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Old May 31, 2009, 05:51 PM
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I'll buy from NCIX and price match, unless you want to buy local. The Antec 900 have horrible cable management and it's missing a few feature, take a look at some Coolermaster case, like the 690 or the Storm Scout
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Old May 31, 2009, 07:30 PM
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Good future proof build DNE
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A case, if you know you want it, is a decent investment no matter the cost (to a point, of course) It's the only thing you'll buy that you don't HAVE to replace if you don't want to....
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A case, if you know you want it, is a decent investment no matter the cost (to a point, of course) It's the only thing you'll buy that you don't HAVE to replace if you don't want to....
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Old May 31, 2009, 08:59 PM
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Check out NCIX's hot deals. The following are both excellent CPU and motherboard combo.

NCIX.com - Buy AMD Power of Black Bundle Deal Phenom X3 720 2.8GHZ & MSI 790GX-G65 DDR3 Motherboard - 720-790GX-G65 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 & MSI P45 NEO3-FR ATX DDR2 Motherboard -UNASSEMBLED - E8400-MSI-P45 In Canada.

P.S. A computer can never be future proofed. At least that's what I learned whenever I see or mention future proofing at other forums.
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Old June 1, 2009, 04:51 PM
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Alright thanks for the help guys. I've decided to go with this.

LG 16X DVD-ROM Drive Internal SATA OEM - $17.50
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive - $59.88
G.SKILL F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - $60.91
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail Box - $84.83
Asus P5Q Pro Atx LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound Gblan Esata Motherboard - $131.88


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Sapphire Radeon Hd 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card - $204.99
Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - $97.99
Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 Atx 9 Drive Bay No Ps Top USB2.0 1394 Audio - $89.99

Total Cost: $747.97

I've decided to go with a E5200 because I've heard it overclocks well and the extra core on a 720 doesn't seem to have any benefits. I was also able to get the Corsair 750W PSU for $97.99 and the Antec Nine Hundred for $89.99, both on sale at Memory Express. Rest I'll be ordering from DirectCanada

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Future proof is a myth... but the build should be good for a year or so if thats what your looking for. BTW the x3 720 will overclock higher easier then the E5200 in most cases, the E5200s seem to hit alot of walls between 3.6ghz and 3.8, where as pretty well all x3 720s hit 3.8 without problems. I agree with others the 900 sucks but thats your choice.
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Future proof is a myth... but the build should be good for a year or so if thats what your looking for. BTW the x3 720 will overclock higher easier then the E5200 in most cases, the E5200s seem to hit alot of walls between 3.6ghz and 3.8, where as pretty well all x3 720s hit 3.8 without problems. I agree with others the 900 sucks but thats your choice.
Yeah, 1 year was about what I was going for. Going to stick another 4870 in once it starts showing its age :P And I'm going with the E5200 because it's half the price and seems great for just gaming (I don't use photoshop or anything CPU intensive). And why exactly isn't the 900 good? Somebody recommended a Coolermaster 690. I was looking at that case but decided to go with the 900 because it was just on sale for less and it has an extra fan.
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