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Old July 29, 2010, 03:47 PM
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This will be my first build but I've done lots of research and I think I've come up with a pretty good build. I'll mainly be using this computer for everyday stuff like downloading, school work, and the internet, but I also want to be able to play starcraft 2 on some pretty good settings and maybe other games in the future, but I do most of my gaming on my xbox 360 so this doesn't have to be a top of the line gaming rig. I'm not planning on overclocking and probably won't ever crossfire cause I didn't want to have to buy an expensive motherboard, I would like to add on a second monitor at some point though. I think I'm about ready to order my build, just thought I'd check with some experts to make sure everything is compatible and good quality, and I'm hoping to keep this around $1000 CDN after taxes, shipping, and rebates. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

CD/DVD drive:
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black - DRW-24B1ST Bulk In Canada.

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

OS:
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Case:
NCIX.com - Buy Azza Helios 910R Black ATX Mid Tower Case 9X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT 230MM Red LED Fan Window No PSU - CSAZ-910R In Canada.

Mouse:
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RAM:
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Monitor:
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GPU:
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Motherboard:
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CPU:
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PSU:
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Keyboard:
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Old July 29, 2010, 03:56 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
starcraft 2 and maybe other games, downloading, school work which may include AutoCad, internet surfing

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$1000 CDN after all rebates, taxes and shipping

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.
prefer an AMD CPU, and WD for HDD

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
I have a 4 year old CD/DVD drive that has never been used, are the ones out now better?

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
yes I've done a fair amount of research

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
probably won't overclock

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
buy within a week, build within two

9. What resolution do you use?
depends which monitor I get with the build, probably 1680X1050
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Old July 29, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Looks like you've done your homework! Looks like a good build to me although I would be tempted to upgarde to this mobo so that in another year you can just throw in another video card for a good upgrade. It's only a single 6 pin power connector on those cards.

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Old July 29, 2010, 04:26 PM
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I was thinking about that, but would the 500W PSU be able to handle two GPU's and everything else? I also wanted to stay with that specific PSU because with it I get free shipping for my whole order! That's a good suggestion though, I'll look into it, thanks.
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Old July 29, 2010, 04:42 PM
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Looking at your build you actually have a very similar set up as me when I built my first PC. The only thing I did differently was splurge on the retail copy of windows 7. Yeah I know its 100 dollars more but honestly it will be worth it when I swap out my motherboard and don't get screwed over by OEM windows.
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Old July 29, 2010, 05:34 PM
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According to this calculator, for your system with two of those cards in crossfire -you would be fine with that PSU (it's says minimum 325W) I wouldn't go any less than 500W, but you could get away with it no problem.
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Old July 29, 2010, 06:07 PM
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wrong case. great mobo. maybe a duallie for now cpu wise and a nice gtx ? :)

not sure bout monitor either
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Old July 29, 2010, 06:11 PM
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what's wrong with the case and the monitor?

Also, I remembered that I already have a LG CD/DVD drive that has never been used but it is 4 years old. Is it better to just get a new one, or have these things not changed in 4 years?
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Old July 29, 2010, 06:52 PM
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A few suggestions:

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Old July 30, 2010, 01:25 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, I made some changes using those deals. I was also wondering if I bought this motherboard: Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard , would I have to buy a network card such as: Newegg.ca - ENCORE ENLGA-1320 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI Ethernet Card 1 x RJ45 in order to plug in a network cable for the internet? I was also still not sure if it's worth while buying a new cd/dvd drive or if I should use my never used 4 year old LG one? Thanks for the help.
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