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Old September 25, 2009, 07:39 PM
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Hey guys, I'm thinking of building a new DDR3 gaming PC. I'm not a total noob at this PC building thing; I've built a couple PC's before, but I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on the build?

EDIT: build updated

I also had this build in mind, what do you guys think?
Mobo:Gigabtye AM3 SLI mobo (link)
RAM: Buffalo Select 2GB (1x2gb) (link)
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 245 2.9GHZ (link)
Case:Azza Orion 201 (link)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W (link)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB (link)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 1GB (link)
DVD:LG GH22LP20 Black 22X (link)

Total before taxes+Shipping:578$



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Old September 25, 2009, 07:48 PM
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Seems pretty good, except for the case and PSU.. Though I'd change it to something like this instead. And purchase from NCIX. Better pricing, you can price match, and less taxes.

Are you overclocking? What resolution are you gaming at?

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal AMD Athlon II X4 620 Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H 790GX CrossFire DDR3 Motherboard - X4-620-MA790GPT-UD3H In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit - OCZ3G1600LV4GK In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty - WD6401AALS In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 55NM 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ DDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1257-AR In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan - SONATA III 500 In Canada.

I believe it's around $600. Remember, I didn't throw in a DVD burner nor any aftermarket heatsink. I also didn't do any price matching. Good luck!
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Old September 25, 2009, 08:08 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply geokilla.
My native resolution is 1440x900, and I plan to do a bit of overclocking on the CPU, but that's about it.
Do you think the GTX 260 might be an overkill for my resolution?

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Old September 25, 2009, 08:40 PM
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not at all if you play with maxed AA but then again your gonna need to overclock cpu to 3.6ghz or so. should be easy with a x2 245.

I won't recommend a antec sonata III if you plan to use a gtx 260, if i remember correctly the antec sonata III only have 11" clearance for gpu and the gtx is 10.5"

so that means you won't be able to use a 120mm front intake fan. An alternative solution would be to use a high static 100+ CFM fan on the rear.

heck i even had a hard time installing a 9800gt w/front intake fan in the antec sonata III
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Old September 25, 2009, 08:45 PM
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Hmm, I dunno how the Sonata III is inside, but maybe he could install it at the bottom or something? My friend has a GTS250 and Sonata III and NCIX built his rig for him. I opened it up and everything seems all right...

Imo, 1440X900 is overkill for GTX260. However, to each his own. If you wanna keep it cheap, then go back to a GTS250 or ATI 4850 or even 4870. If you fold, then NVIDIA is a must.
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Old September 25, 2009, 08:48 PM
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tbh, I don't really think I need the gtx 260, as I don't tend to play games with AA. And as for the build, I think I will be sticking with the one in my first post.
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Old September 25, 2009, 08:51 PM
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IMO a GTX 260 is overkill.
Also a 4850 /4870 can be had for much less.
NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - HD485XZDFC In Canada.
For alot less + it has the XFX double lifetime warranty.

As for case overclocking in that will be harder ...
Here's a nice case cooling wise .. but hideous looks wise:
NCIX.com - Buy NZXT M59 ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 7X3.5INT Rear & Side 120MM Fans Included *No PSU* - M59 In Canada.
Cooling and accessibility seems nice.
PSU these are some options:
NCIX.com - Buy OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply - OCZ600MXSP In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Seasonic M12 II 500W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 6PIN PCI-W 120MM Fan - SS-500GM In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan - RS600-PCARE3 In Canada.

Also for heatsink :
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - RR-B10-212P-GP In Canada.

As for the case pick up a few 120mm fans of your choice.
Cheap option: GELID SILENT 12 Fan .. can be pmed to like 3-4 bucks per fan. Sleeved & high quality.
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Like I said before, I don't want to do a lot of overclocking, but just enough to bring the CPU on par with my other components.
I was looking at this case and PSU combo. Do you think that the case will have good enough airflow to keep my system relatively cool? Also, do you think the PSU is of good quality?

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Old September 25, 2009, 09:23 PM
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At that price that PSU won't handle your stuff for too long. Not at all.
Go with a quality psu + case.
That case .. only has a single 250 mm intake ... not sure how great that is .
If you want a good cheap case look at : Antec 200, Antec 300, NZXT Beta, NZXT m59.
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You do know that your build isn't worth it, especially the motherboard. Unless you plan on using SLI in the future, no need to purchase that motherboard.

What I posted on NCIX is better. Everything but the GPU is $513.96 before rebates. That leaves at least $80 for your GPU. It may not seem a lot you can get a GTS250 or ATI 4850. And don't forget that NCIX charges less tax, and you can probably find like $10 ground shipping or something. This means that it'll probably cost the same as your Newegg build after tax and shipping.

Also consider the following if you don't mind using a mATX motherboard:

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Value Bundle Deal AMD Athlon II X4 620 AM3 CPU & Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H DDR3 785G Motherboard - X4-620-MA785GMT-UD2H In Canada.
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