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Old July 25, 2010, 11:16 AM
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I'm going to be building a PC towards the end of august beginning of september for anywhere between 900 and 1000 including taxes. I'm willing to go over a 1000 a little bit with taxes. I'll mostly be using this computer for gaming, and will almost certainly not be using it for video editing or as a home entertainment system.
I've been mainly looking at for my processor, either the AMD X4 955 or 965, or the Intel, i5 - 750, and my video card I wish to be either the HD 5770 or the 4870 or 4890. I've looked into a few articles here and on Tom's hardware and it seems that the 4870 and 4890 are better than the 5770 performance wise, but the 5770 has any features, I do not know if these features would be worth it however. For RAM I'd like to have 4 GB DDR2 preferably because it's cheaper, and I'll be buying all this from Canada. I also will not be overclocking anything. I will not for certain be getting those parts, but so far they are the idea I have. For the rest of the computer it does not really matter for me.
Right now I'm using a 19" 1440 x 900 screen but I will probably get a bigger one eventually. Thanks for any input, it's greatly appreaciated
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Old July 25, 2010, 02:08 PM
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I'm not sure whether you like nvidia or only ATI. If you don't have a favourite then take a look at the 460 gtx. If you can get one of those it would be a better card all around than any of those others. As for cpu, consider the 1055T 6 core cpu. It's only slightly more than the 965.
As for ram, well G Skill is pretty good both performance wise and price wise. Myself, I would only buy something with lifetime warranty and probably Mushkin, Patriot or Corsair.
Good luck with the build and enjoy the new rig!
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Old July 25, 2010, 04:36 PM
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+1 with the 1055T, GTX460 and G Skill Mushkin Corsair Patriot ram! Is there any parts that you are reusing, like a dvd drive, power supply, case etc or are you wanting all brand new? This would help us out alot with suggesting what items to get for your build
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Old July 26, 2010, 02:53 PM
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Oh yea, I will be getting a new case and power supply because my sister will be getting my current computer (she'll use it for basic video and photo editing). The case does not have to be anything special I just need it to be good enough to support the parts I will have. But my dad probably has a DVD drive laying around somewhere. I will need a new hard drive though. But probably 500 GB - 1 TB will be fine. Also about the 1055, I do not really need a 6 core processor really, plus I won't be overclocking, but is it better than a 965 or i5 - 750 for gaming, then i'll consider it if it is. I would still like some suggestions maybe for RAM, PSU, motherboard, etc.

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Old July 26, 2010, 04:07 PM
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Go for the Corsair or Silverstone psus. Modular is easiest to manage your cables. If you go Intel, take a good look at the Asus P6X58D-E. Great board, overclock friendly as well Though you said you wouldn't, it's still a good board. That is if you go socket 1366.
For cpu, go with 930.
If you go i5, the 750 is good. As for 1156 boards, I'm not sure because I've never considered that over 1366, which imho is a much better setup. Perhaps the experts can help as I'm just a novice but had a lot of help assembling my system from experts as well.
Do a bit of research on what you really want. Usb 3 and the new sata are what you should consider.
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Old July 26, 2010, 04:07 PM
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The 945 (Why do you want the 965)? You won't overclock, so you don't really need the black edition, and if it's for the 3.4Ghz vs 3.0Ghz, that overclock can be done in 5 minute with no voltage change or any problem.
You can add a 890Gx motherboard with this, I like the 890GPA-UD3H a lot.
Add at this a 4Gb kit of DDR3 2x2Gb (100-130$), A decent PSU of 650watts (the antec earthwatts 650w can be found for a good price).
For the case, go to a totally normal case under 100$ and your gonna be ok (maybe add some fan to it if it lack air flow).
The hard drive, I'd go with a caviar black 640Gb.
Add some other piece that I may have forgot, and you have a good computer for under 1000$.

Oh and for the video card, no need to ask, go with the 5770 all the way, Or if you don't mind Nvidia, go for a gtx 460.
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Old July 26, 2010, 10:15 PM
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Hmm so far my updated wish list for this comp :
GPU : GTX 460 $200
CPU : Still X4 9X5, X6 1055T, or i5 570 $200 (Leaning towards 1055T )
Which one is purely the best for gaming. I don't want to complain because it's great that you guys are helping me out but "This is good for that, and this one is good for this..." doesn't really help me much, I just want flat out answer which one is best for gaming. Sorry to be so frank.

Motherboard : Something that fits my other componenets for $100 - 150
RAM : 4 GB DDR3 (2x2GB)
PSU : Realistically how powerful of a supply would I need for this?
Case : Nothing special >$100
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Old July 27, 2010, 04:53 AM
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The 1055T is more for "future-proofing" so you can handle newer games that are more heavily core dependent. i5 750 beats an Phenom 965 so it would be more equal or better then the 1055T (haven't seen any comparison charts yet). The AM3 platform could get extra life with an AM3+ cpu, if amd plans to make one based on that socket, but the 1156/1366 platforms are EOL soon.

I would recommend getting a Corsair HX650W modular psu as it gives you more headroom for a gpu upgrade later on and will give you easier cable management over a non-modular psu.

For your motherboard, I would get the Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 for SATA3 and USB3 features and native 6 core support for the 1055T or Asus P7P55D-E Pro for the i5 750.

I would suggest either G Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ DDR3-1600 kit or Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB CL8 DDR3 1600 kit.

The Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced is really good case for easy cable management and is under $100, same with the HAF 922.

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Old July 28, 2010, 05:48 PM
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Thanks for clearing up my issue on the 1055T by saying it's more future proof, which makes sense. I also liked the rest of ur suggestions for the motherboard and the cases looked good as well. The one issue I had is that while looking at the specs for the 1055T and the mobo, it appears they do not support 1600 DDR3. They only support 1066 or 1333. Newegg.com - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard <- mobo
"DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066"

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX <- 1055T
"Dual Channel PC3-10667U (DDR3-1333) for 2 modules, Dual Channel PC3-8500U (DDR3-1066), Dual Channel PC2-8500U (DDR2-1066)"

It would suck if I bought all these parts and the RAM turned out to not work, yes? :D

Thanks for all the feedback I'm getting from everyone it's helping me out alot

Also I'd like to know where a good place to buy most of these parts would be. Online or in local stores (I live in Southwest Ontario)

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Old July 28, 2010, 06:33 PM
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You can go for the lower rated speed kits of G Skill & Mushkin DDR3-1333 (10666) to play it safe, but I've seen many members go with the higher rated kits and have no issues posting with them.

I'm sure the other members will take a look and offer some more advice on this issue though.

I would order the stuff from NCIX.com and use their price matching feature to get the cheapest price and that will help you save for the cost of shipping to you.
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