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Old July 9, 2009, 08:45 PM
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Hi all, I'm looking for some help in building a computer for my friend. My buddy has about $1000-$1100 or so for a build, and here is what I was thinking about. It will most likely be for games with maybe a little graphics work.

Motherboard:
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX - $129.88 - DirectCanada

CPU
Intel Q9550 - $249.99 - Newegg

RAM
G.SKILL PI Black 2x2GB - $56.79 - Best Direct

Video Card

XFX HD 4890 - $227.99 - Newegg

Power Supply
Corsair 550W - ~$75 ($98.49) - Newegg

HDD
WD Caviar Black 640GB - $77.99 - NCIX

Monitor
Acer X223WBD Black 22IN - $192.76 - NCIX

Case
NZXT Beta Series - $59.99 - Newegg
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Total w/ Tax & Rebates $1203.24


It's still a little over what he is looking to spend so I was wondering if there are recommendations for parts that are a little cheaper to cut the cost down. I was originally going E8400 instead, but for $60ish I was thinking the Q9550 would be worth it.

Additionally, he's isn't particularly a fan of AMD, but if It turns out they have better price performance, he could probably be swayed. Although I don't see the huge benifit to going the 940/945/955 route as the 945 is the same cost as the Q9550 and seems to be worse then the Q9550.

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He will surely need a DVD drive too, perhaps an o/s, keyboard, mouse ?

As far as AMD is concerned, I can't complain a bit about my 940 and you can get some combo deals which include mobos and 940 for 300$, that would make him save 80$.

If I were you, I'd look for deals on that card, its a great one. I personally got mine about a month ago for 199 and last week end(I think), there was an awesome in store special with very limited quantities for this same card for (I forgot) between 150-160 at NCIX. I wouldn't be surprised to see some other deals like that.

Also, I suggest you just buy it all from NCIX and PM.
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Yup, agreed with the NCIX point. Don't forget you have to pay seperate shipping charges etc...
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if you buy the mobo at NCIX ,you get free shipping on entire order NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard - P5Q Pro In Canada.
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As far as a keyboard/mouse and DVD-rom goes, I plan to buy them during a NCIX special probably just a cheap logitech keyboard and cheap DVD drive. As for OS I'm probably going to load on Windows 7 RC. Also, I live about 20 minutes away from NCIX so I was planning on PM'ing everything and picking it up in store.

As for the 940, it almost seems smarter to get the 945 for a little more to make your system a little more future proof with the AM3 socket. Although, I guess the same could be said for going to 775 route with the Q9550.

Has anyone had any experience with the X3 720, I was thinking possible getting a relatively cheap motherboard/CPU/ram and waiting for 6-12 months for prices to drop further on i7/i5 and the amd releases. If you bought a decent card, PS and HDD, case and monitor, you could keep those when you upgrade later.

As far as gaming goes, with a decent card, the X3 720 would be able to provide enough power so the bottlenecking would occur due to the graphics card right?

Also, in the price range of ~$220 do you think the 4950 is the best price/performace or would looking for GTX 275's on sale be a better option? I personally use a GTX 260 which works great for me, personally I like Nvidia better, but it seems with the 4950's ATI is hard to beat.

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As far as a keyboard/mouse and DVD-rom goes, I plan to buy them during a NCIX special probably just a cheap logitech keyboard and cheap DVD drive. As for OS I'm probably going to load on Windows 7 RC. Also, I live about 20 minutes away from NCIX so I was planning on PM'ing everything and picking it up in store.

As for the 940, it almost seems smarter to get the 945 for a little more to make your system a little more future proof with the AM3 socket. Although, I guess the same could be said for going to 775 route with the Q9550.

Has anyone had any experience with the X3 720, I was thinking possible getting a relatively cheap motherboard/CPU/ram and waiting for 6-12 months for prices to drop further on i7/i5 and the amd releases. If you bought a decent card, PS and HDD, case and monitor, you could keep those when you upgrade later.

As far as gaming goes, with a decent card, the X3 720 would be able to provide enough power so the bottlenecking would occur due to the graphics card right?

Also, in the price range of ~$220 do you think the 4950 is the best price/performace or would looking for GTX 275's on sale be a better option? I personally use a GTX 260 which works great for me, personally I like Nvidia better, but it seems with the 4950's ATI is hard to beat.

Thanks again.
The x3 720, would definitely act as a bottleneck still. It simply not a fast processor. In games like farcry 2 and gta4, which are cpu limited, your going to have kind of bad performance. GPU limited games you are going to miss out on about 15-25% of the frame you could get.
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Heres my suggestion :): Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz -$238.09Asus p5q-e Motherboard - $174.99G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 - $60.00XFX GeForce GTX 285 1GB - $399.99Western Digital Caviar black 500gb 7200rpm - $79.46Samsung SH-S223f - $32.99OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W - $99.99COOLER MASTER Elite RC-31 - $45.99Grand total of = $1131.5 CAD
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Old July 14, 2009, 10:31 PM
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Oh and for the list i posted above... those are all the prices that are listed on ncix with no price match or rebates included...so shop around and look around and find the lowest price you can and do a price match, cuz that could save you alot of money... and you could always cheap out on the graphics card and get a gtx 260 instead and go with a quad core...but if your friend can save up like $1400 he could probably make a decent i7 rig :)
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