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Old May 29, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Hi,

I am looking to building a computer that will cost me about 1000$ 10%
I do a bit of gaming(WoW, occasional RTS, occasional shooter, depends on what my friends are playing).

I intend on re-using my hard drives and my dvd-rw drive from my previous pc, as well as monitor/mouse/keyboard/etc.

I have done a bit of searching and am currently leaning towards a Phenom II 940BE with an AM2+/AM3 motherboard, but I am still willing to take opinions.

I am also hoping to order the parts from NCIX as soon as next week, so any input would be great.

So far the build I have put together(I've only done research on the CPU, the rest was sort of rushed together):


CPU - NCIX.com - Buy AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM2+ 3.0GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box - HDZ940XCGIBOX In Canada. - $247

Motherboard - NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P ATX AM3 AMD790X DDR2 CrossFireX 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-MA790X-UD4P In Canada. - $135

Memory(not really sure, please suggest better) - NCIX.com - Buy Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-8500C5 4GB 2X2GB PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Memory Kit - TWIN2X4096-8500C5 In Canada. - $95

PSU - NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada. - $123

Case - NCIX.com - Buy Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio - THREE HUNDRED In Canada. - $80

GPU - (Was thinking about getting a 4770 in hopes of getting a second for CrossFire) - ~$140/each



I also would like to OC so I am open to suggestions on a good HSF that wont break my budget. Well, I'm open to opinions on everything. I dont really have any preferences on parts. I just need to get something better than my current X2 4200+ (socket 939).

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Old May 29, 2009, 01:09 PM
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That looks like a good build to me, the power supply may be a bit overkill but more power never hurts I guess. I would price match the cpu as it can be found cheaper.
Buy AMD [HDZ940XCGIBOX] AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM2+ 3.0GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box 218.79
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Old May 29, 2009, 01:15 PM
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Good luck ordering a 4770 ... ordered mine 2 weeks ago, still no news and NCIX can't even give me a rough ETA so ....

Rest looks nice!
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Old May 29, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Consider getting this AMD Phenom II combo instead:

NCIX.com - Buy AMD Power of Black Bundle Deal Phenom X3 720 2.8GHZ & MSI 790GX-G65 DDR3 Motherboard - 720-790GX-G65 In Canada.

Also you might want to change your RAM. It's clocked a bit lower, but you should easily be able clock it to DDR900 and up speeds.

NCIX.com - Buy Patriot Viper Extreme Performance 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 Memory Kit - PVS24G6400LLK In Canada.

For the GPU, get the EVGA GTX260 Core 216. It might be overkill for you though since you said you're an occasional gamer, so look into the NVIDIA GTS250 and ATI 4850 as well. NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 55NM 576MHZ 896MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1255-AR In Canada.

You still have a bit of money left, so you might want to purchase a new hard drive. The current 640GB hard drives are very fast and speeds are comparable to the Raptors.
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Old May 29, 2009, 02:01 PM
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get a HD4850, it cheap and you won't find a HD 4770 anywhere.
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Old May 29, 2009, 02:35 PM
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Patriot Viper Extreme Performance 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 DDR2-800 $67.99
AMD Phenom II X4 940 $246.99
Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P ATX AM3 AMD790X $134.27
Corsair TX650W 650W $114.99
Coolermaster CM 690 $95.20
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB $141.68

$801.12 before shipping and taxes leaving about $200 for a HDD and a CPU heatsink. (and some $80 or so in mail in rebates it's up to you to chase and any difference you can save through price matching)

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Xigmatek HDT-S1283 $43.82
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB $79.98
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Old May 29, 2009, 05:08 PM
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You have a choice of i7 as well.
i7 920 $340
Gigabyte x58 UD3R $ 197
total = $537

Your AMD = $381
Difference = $156

The rest of the system should be the same, except the 3 channel memory will be about $80, but you get 6 GB.
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Old May 29, 2009, 06:58 PM
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Chris: I dont see that mobo anywhere for that price. Can you post a link? I'll consider it if I can get those prices confirmed.

I'd really prefer to go for more power if I can, which is why I wasnt really considering the 940 over the 720, although I did take a look at it for a bit

I will get the patriot viper over the one in my original build.

After a thorough search it doesnt look like the 4770 are in stock anywhere, so 4850 it is. Eventually I want to go crossfire/sli with whatever video card I get in case I do end up playing a bit more.

So far its looking like:

CPU - NCIX.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - $218 with a P.M from Buy AMD [HDZ940XCGIBOX] AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM2+ 3.0GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box

Motherboard NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P ATX AM3 AMD790X DDR2 CrossFireX 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-MA790X-UD4P In Canada. - $135

Memory - Patriot Viper Extreme Performance 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12. - $68 before 25$ rebate

GPU - Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply -$142

Case - Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case - RC-690-KKN1 In Canada. - $96

PSU(Will this be enough if I decide to do crossfire?) - Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-650TX In Canada. - $112

Heatsink - Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink - $44

Total - $815 before rebates or $957 if I go Crossfire from the get-go.

I'm hesitating on the HDD since I'm already moving a 1TB, and 2 500GB into this machine. I'm leaving the 160GB in this old machine since it still runs.

I'm loving the input guys. Keep it coming!
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The 650 can handle 4850's in crossfire higher power cards your probably best to go with the tx750w you originally posted. If the difference is still only about $20 between the two you should probably go with the 750 for better usability in the long run. I was a bit rushed and didn't notice the the price difference 650-750 wasn't significant.

I'd take a closer look at whether you want or need to crossfire. (and it's too early for me to elaborate that right now )
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Old May 30, 2009, 10:12 AM
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oh and
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
the 750 is on sale too

and your post listed the psu in the gpu slot
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