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Old April 7, 2010, 04:14 PM
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PLEASE when POST threads asking for input on system builds tell us...

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Gaming, video editing, internet browsing.

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

$1000.00 (Canadian)

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

Canada, NCIX, in BC--close to me so shipping is not applicable

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.

No preference.

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

None

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

yes

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

no, default speeds.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

ASAP

9. What resolution do you use?

Widescreen LCD Monitor 2048x1152

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Old April 7, 2010, 04:20 PM
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Hey all, this is a friend of mine looking to setup his new rig. He's likely going to have it built by NCIX locally ($50 charge AFAIK), and will need a copy of windows 7 as well :)
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Old April 8, 2010, 10:51 AM
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This is kinda the generic i5 system, and it comes out to about $1150. You may be able to get it under $1000 with pricematching, etc. Otherwise, pruning may be necessary (swapping the 5850 out for a 5770 would do it).

CPU: Intel Core i5 750\
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2GB
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5850
HDD: 640GB WD Caviar Black
PSU: Corsair TX750 (This is total overkill wattage wise, but it's the same price as lower wattage ones)
Case: Coolermaster 690 II Advanced
Optical: Whatever's on special
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM

I think you should build it yourself though, if you're comfortable with it. It takes a couple hours but you save $50 and it's fun
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Old April 8, 2010, 11:15 AM
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I think ill build my second computer (when ever that comes) by myself, but i dont wanna do it for the first time. Thanks though, I'll still think about it.
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Well if JMCD is a friend of yours he can walk you through it on the phone!
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Well if JMCD is a friend of yours he can walk you through it on the phone!
Yes sir :P I learned from youtube anyways. I figured with the amount he works it might not be worth the hassle for him. Personally I don't consider it a hassle, it's a passion :D

The i5 build looks decent too. Anyone think they could setup a decent AMD build? I'm really not too familiar with their products and such.
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Old April 8, 2010, 08:42 PM
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http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...D&promoid=1097
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...S&promoid=1097

and all the other i5 parts :)
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Old April 8, 2010, 08:51 PM
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Phenom II 720- $113: Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
MSI 890gxm-g65- $135: Newegg.ca - MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
-A bit fancy but a bit of future proofing w/ sataIII
A-Data 2x2gb ddr3 1600- $99: Newegg.ca - A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Desktop Memory
XFX 57701gb- $163: Newegg.ca - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
WD 640gb Black SataIII- $80: Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Corsiar TX75- $100: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=26415&...r&promoid=1097
-overkill but yes, priced well
Case is personal choice.
ODD's are cheap. This AMD getup so far is $591, but there is tax, shipping, case and any other little cable or wireless card that sneaks in. Plenty of headroom through, for a DDR3, SATAIII, machine.
You could even save a good chunk of cash buying used, which I always advocate.
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Phenom II 720- $113: Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
MSI 890gxm-g65- $135: Newegg.ca - MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
-A bit fancy but a bit of future proofing w/ sataIII
A-Data 2x2gb ddr3 1600- $99: Newegg.ca - A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Desktop Memory
XFX 57701gb- $163: Newegg.ca - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
WD 640gb Black SataIII- $80: Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Corsiar TX75- $100: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=26415&...r&promoid=1097
-overkill but yes, priced well
Case is personal choice.
ODD's are cheap. This AMD getup so far is $591, but there is tax, shipping, case and any other little cable or wireless card that sneaks in. Plenty of headroom through, for a DDR3, SATAIII, machine.
You could even save a good chunk of cash buying used, which I always advocate.
I like it =) Anant lives in Vancouver (great area anyways), so he'll certainly save on shipping. Since he needs a monitor as well that looks like it's a sweet setup. I'd vouch for used parts too, pending whether he's building it himself.
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I'm not big on AMD products either, but make sure that the motherboard supports core unlocking. Frequently, tricores are just a quad with one of the cores locked, though sometimes the third core is actually damaged. If you get a motherboard with core unlocking, it's sometimes possible to turn your tri into a quad for free! Not sure if that MSI does though, it would need more research.

And building is extremely fun. It's also relatively easy once you see a YouTube video of how to do it. I like this video series for a no-nonsense and well explained way to build. The parts he uses are outdated, but it hasn't changed much.Build a Computah!
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