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Old January 8, 2010, 08:34 PM
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Default Need Help Building a Gaming Rig for $800

Hey,

Im new to the site and I need some help in building a new computer.


1. What YOUR PC will be used for.

-Gaming
-3D modelling
-web designing

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

- $800

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

- Canada

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

- Im not a fanboy, I just want a good PC for $800.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

- I won't be using any of my current parts.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

- Just started looking around now.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

- Default

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

- As soon as possible.

I made a rig on NCIX and it came up to $880. Is this good for the price? Or is there
something better out there? Sorry guys im not a hardware person.

- GeForce GTS 250 738MHZ 1GB GDDR3 2.2GHZ PCI-E Dual DVI
- AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.0GHZ 2MB Cache 60W Retail Box
- Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 AM2 AM3 S939 500-2000RPM 36CFM Heatsink Fan
- MSI NF750-G55 ATX AM3 750A SLI DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI HDMI Sound SATA GBLAN Motherboard
- G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Core i5 1.65V Memory Kit
- Compucase 6C28B ATX Case Black 4X5.25 2X3.5 4X.3.5INT W/ Front USB & Audio No PS
- Seasonic SS-400ET 400W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan OEM
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 250GB 3.5IN Hard Drive SATA 7200RPM 8MB OEM


Thanks guys.

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Old January 9, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Don't have time to go in depth, but critiquing your build I would say that since you are not going to overclock you could just stick with the included heatsink for the CPU to save a few bucks. Upgrade the cpu to something with more cores (x3 725,735/ X4 620, 630/ or Phemom X3 720 or higher). If you want to do CPU intensive tasks (modeling etc) the more cores the better. Given your budget, AMD is definitely the way to go. The power supply is a good one, but you will want one that is a bit more powerful (min 500W) since you have a decent video card. Stick with Seasonic, or corsair and you will be safe.
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Old January 9, 2010, 07:32 AM
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AMD 720BE/550BE
GIgabyte 770T UD3P
Cheap DDR3
Random Dvd drive
Corsair VX550W/TX750 or SeasonicS12 650W (Sometimes on sale)
Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Coolermaster 212+ HSF
Cases: Depends on taste. I like the Lancool K58 or NZXT Gamma or Antec Two Hundred + a couple of Coolermaster R4 LED fans :)
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Old January 9, 2010, 08:04 AM
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Unless you ever want to do crossfire, that motherboard is excessive. You could get cheaper with 1 PCIEx16. As mentioned the aftermarket cooler isn't essential, unless you're going to seriously overclock. Save enough you could bump up to a 260, worth the bit extra as far as I know (just used ATI myself).
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Old January 9, 2010, 08:26 AM
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I definately agree with at least some of jcmaz's recommendations.

CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ heatsink - YES! Definitely one of my favorite HSFs and you'll need it for below...
AMD 550BE processor - this processor unlocks to quad quite often and it's *not* hard to do.
Antec 300 - I like this case over the Antec 200 and they are about the same price.

His recommendations on PSU and HD are great...

Where are you located? Are you able to save on shipping by picking up locally?
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Old January 9, 2010, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for all the input guys. I live in Toronto, Ontario, I don't think they
have any stores here.

Had another question, I used their gaming template Entra SLI A2500 to build my rig.
Would it be cheaper to use the PC Builder options? I tried building a pc through the
PC Builder option, but I couldn't find the CPU or the Motherboard that you guys have suggested.

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Old January 9, 2010, 10:30 AM
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Choose your own parts and build what you want. I find their PC builder to be too expensive. Oh and NCIX doesn't have stores here, so you'll have to buy online.

You don't need an aftermarket cooler since you're not overclocking. Doubt you'll be unlocking cores either. What resolution do you game at? Since you selected GTS250, I'm going to assume 1600X900.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-550VX In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 5750 PCs 1GB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - PCS AX5750 1GBD5-PDHG In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core I5 Dual Channel Memory Kit - CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc SATA 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM 5YR MFR Warranty - WD5001AALS In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.6GHZ 2MB Cache 95W Retail Box - ADX620WFGIBOX In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo 785G Socket AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - M4A785TD-V EVO In Canada.

DVD burner and Case up to you. In the end it should be around $800. Don't forget to price match!
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Old January 9, 2010, 12:01 PM
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Here's what I'd get:
(all prices from Newegg.ca except the NZXT Gamma from NCIX)

NZXT Gamma - $60
M4A79XTD EVO - $130
MSI HD 5770 - $175
Seasonc SS-550HT - $90
PII x2 550 - $105
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 - $95
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB - $80
Samsung DVD Burner - $30
Hyper 212 Plus - $30

Total Price - $795 (plus shipping)

Side-note, why no overclocking? It gives great performance boosts for free, and you'll exchange the components before you see the reduced lifespan.
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Old January 9, 2010, 03:50 PM
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*if* any reduced lifespan at all....
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Old January 9, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Thanks again for the input guys. Ive never built a computer so Im not sure if I should
buy individual parts. I found this computer on TigerDirect and I was just wondering if
its worth the price.

Buy the CyberpowerPC GX1220 Desktop Gaming PC at TigerDirect.ca
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