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Old August 12, 2010, 08:56 AM
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I want to start building a new desktop in 1-2 weeks, and I think I've finally settled on parts. I just want to see what everybody thinks before I go ahead and buy something that might not be worth it. I'm buying from a wholesaler so I can get things for a bit cheaper, however I'm a little limited in my selection of parts (they only carry newer ATI cards and not nVidia, and only newer intel cpus instead of AMD). All prices are in CAD.


Edit: Updated the List with Most Recent Decision (8/15/2010)
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
CPU: Intel i3 530 2.93GHz
Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
GPU: EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
Motherboard: ASUS P7H55/USB3 LGA 1156
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V
HDD:Seagate ST31000528AS 1TB SATA 3Gb/s 7200RPM 32MB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (get this free from my school because I'm in Electrical Engineering)


Total: $965 w/ Shipping & Tax

I'm just going to use a DVD Burner from one of my old PCs.

The system will be used primarily for gaming, and I would like to keep the system around the same cost.

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Old August 12, 2010, 12:13 PM
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heya. you might actually use a retailer and get more choice.

is this a gaming machine? if so at what resolution will you be playing?

not too sure bout that psu,case.
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Old August 12, 2010, 12:44 PM
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The system is going to be used primarily for gaming at 1680x1050.

Another option for the PSU I've been considering is a corsair 450w (CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W)
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Old August 12, 2010, 12:54 PM
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Yea thats much better.. corsair is a much better brand

EDIT: NCIX has that PSU on sale for 64.99 and u get a MIB for 20 bucks making 44 dollars in the end
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Old August 12, 2010, 12:58 PM
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Get a GTX 460 instead, it cost only a bit more.
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Old August 12, 2010, 01:46 PM
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Yea thats much better.. corsair is a much better brand

EDIT: NCIX has that PSU on sale for 64.99 and u get a MIB for 20 bucks making 44 dollars in the end
I just checked NCIX, and it appears that the PSU is 64.99 AFTER the MIR, and newegg has a $15 MIR, making them exactly the same price.

Here is a new PC entirely from newegg that I experimented with, it's $50 more than my other one, but I think it has some better part selections.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX
HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W
CPU:
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz
GPU:
EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Motherboard:
ASUS P7H55/USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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because of the 1680 resolution the 768meg card is fine. or you could spend 20 more bucks and have a bit higher framerates? :)

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Palit/GeFo...es/perfrel.gif

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Palit/GeFo...rfrel_1680.gif



edit. heck, if i were you id go amd because its uber cheap. and keep the 1gig 460.
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Old August 12, 2010, 02:09 PM
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I have no idea where to even begin with AMD though. If I could get some recommedations for a cpu/motherboard that would be great :)
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u didn't go into the sale on the home page of ncix.. thats why ur not seeing it for 44.99
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well, cheap cheap would be a 240/250 because of the good oc'able c3 core and a giga board, anywhere from mid 70's to around 100 bucks for a killer 870a giga branded of course. killer. look up sky's review of the monster
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