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Old June 27, 2008, 09:19 PM
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Well it's my first time building a computer and i've done a ton of research, but hey it's always smart to ask before you purchase ;) . Anyways, here are the components i've chosen. Are they all compatible...are they good choices? Should I change anything? I have a budget of around 900-1000 btw. Any input is greatly appreciated!

PS: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25984

Hard Drive: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25667

CPU: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29805

Memory: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24641

Mobo: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku...mp;promoid=1058

Video Card: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26780

Monitor: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku...mp;promoid=1058

Case: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku...nufacture=ANTEC

DVD writer: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24649
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Old June 27, 2008, 09:23 PM
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Power Supply? Check.
Hard Drive? Check.
CPU? Can you afford a 8400? Much better choice.
Memory? Bad choice. Opt for some Mushkin Redlines.
Motherboard? Check.
Video Card? Check.
Monitor? Upgrade to the 22" as with a 19" Widescreen you lose vertical desktop space.
Case? Switch out for the Coolermaster 590 or 690.
DVD Writer? Switch out for Pioneer DVR-212
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Old June 27, 2008, 09:47 PM
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I'd go with a P45 motherboard if I was in your position.

I like my Antec 900, but otherwise enaberif's advice is good. That memory is alright though, lots of people use it...
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Old June 27, 2008, 09:50 PM
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I'd go with a P45 motherboard if I was in your position.

I like my Antec 900, but otherwise enaberif's advice is good. That memory is alright though, lots of people use it...
The crucial memory has problems with p35 boards so its a hit or miss.
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PSU: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...0%26%20Cooling only $10 more and PC&C are TOP of the game
Hard Drive: Check
CPU: dont know much about the chip
Memory: Love my Crucial will take anything I throw at them and were recently involved in FSB world record....Double Check
Motherboard: my current reference is; AnandTech - Core 2 & AM2 Motherboards - Recommendations, P5K looks good
Video Card: 4850 are beating them and reviews just don't stop ravving about the ATI 48xx series;
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=Diamond
Monitor: no idea but Samsung is Korean and imho expensive Chinese reproductions, consider Japanese or European Brands?
Case: Check 2 x 120mm inlet fans at front with filter looks good.
DVD Writer? Switch out for Pioneer DVR-212
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Old June 27, 2008, 10:57 PM
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IMO everything there looks good, but you should think about getting an aftermarket heatsink.

And TBH I think which case you pick is a matter of personal opinion since it will be the part you see the most.
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Old June 28, 2008, 12:58 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone =)

Yeah...i think ill go with the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400. Seems the memory isnt the best choice how about http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18580

Oh and is the 4850 worth the extra money...is there a big difference between it and the 8800GT?
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IMHO it would be worth it, just look at these links:

Overclockers Australia Forums - View Single Post - ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series | 4870X2 4870 4850 4600 | Reviews | Discussion | See OP!!

But I really want to emphasise the greatest upgrade I mentioned is that PC&C PSU, you look anywhere on the net and you should find they make the "BEST" PSU in the market, for an extra $10US you get a 750W Quad compared to a Coolermaster PSU (very average at best), too many under-estimate the importance of a good PSU and it can become the most significant component between a working system and a flop!!!!!! GET THE PC&C!!!!!!!

Please dont buy Corsair instead of Crucial, personally the are the best but you will find the are better than Corsair!!!!
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Old June 28, 2008, 07:44 AM
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Ok for the E8400 ... run cooler and faster.

Ok for the corsair VX550W ... really good PSU, you don't need a 750W PSU and the corsair is using a 120mm low rev instead of 80mm high rev fan so it will run quieter.

For the video card, the HD4850 is a better choice than the 8800GT. It supports DX10.1, will outperform in most recent games, and if you get a Intel based mobo wich support Crossfire, you will have the option of upgrading for a low price in a year or two.

For the mobo, one of my friend had a lot of trouble with his Asus mobo and when you look on RMA stats, the P5K is not the most reliable of their products. Personnally, I've heard a lot of good things about intel chipset based Gigabyte mobos. They offer more or better functions for lowest price than Asus boards with comparable build quality and equivalent warranty (3 years). So if you want to eventually do crossfire, this one http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte could be a good choice, and if not, this one http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte or this one http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte could be good choices.

Don't forget to use the price match option of ncix to lower your prices. Take a look to Direct Canada to price match. Since it's a sister companie, thay usually accept all of them. You could also use the "price compare" link from this forum or use another website like www.shopbot.ca to find the better price in Canada to price match with.
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The issue with crucial memory is a recent development which came about after they switched from double sided to single sided 1 gig sticks.

6 months ago I'd have been the first to recommend a set of Ballistix, now I'm telling folks to avoid them like the plague until crucial gets this worked out.
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