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New to Forum. Building a CP, need some opinions!


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#1 thec0wboy

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:53 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just stumbled upon this forum, and I was really impresses with the discussions so thought i'd get in on the action myself!

I'm trying to build a gaming computer with a budget of around $1300 CDN. I have a friend who knows a thing or two about computers, and has suggested this build from newegg.ca;


LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS322-08 - Retail
Item #: N82E16827106286
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy $31.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119068
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $68.49

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136320
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy $92.99

ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814121272
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy -$31.00 Instant

$30.00 USD Mail-in Rebate $210.99
$179.99

APEVIA ATX-AS680W-BL 680W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817148022
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$49.60 Instant
$136.49
$86.89

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227298
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy -$12.40 Instant

$20.00 USD Mail-in Rebate $86.99
$74.59

ASUS P5Q SE/R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131335
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy -$12.40 Instant
$127.99
$115.59

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115041
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

It looks like a good deal, but I'm trying to see how it compares to some of the computers I could get totally built by DELL. Here's a link to a few that seem to be great computers.


http://www1.ca.dell.com/content/topics/seg...&~ck=anavml

The one for $1349 really has my attention.

I'm just running Americas Army, so I don't need anything 2 crazy. My current cp is a single core piece of crap from staples thatI got 4 years ago!

What are your guys thoughts? Would the build really get me that much more computer for my buck?

Appreciate any feedback!

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:56 PM

I personally prefer to build computers its a lot easier than you think and you get exactly what you want or need.

Also I personally have my grudge against dell, XPS i'm pretty unsure about from what I've seen they are hit and miss.

But if you do decide to go with that build it looks pretty solid, and remember with 3.5GB of ram or more you will need a 64bit OS or it will only recognize about 3GB
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:54 PM

"personally have my grudge against dell, XPS i'm pretty unsure about "

Dell bought Alienware.
The XPS line are basically Alienware knockoffs .
Dell USED to be a good co. .

I agree with building your own.
What you have listed sounds pretty good, will do what you want, & then some !
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:45 PM

Build your own, you'll save money. I agree about Dell, they used to be good, so was Alienware. If you built your own PC, $1300 would go far.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:46 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

I meant to add the OS that I was planning on getting as well. Windows Vista Home Premium... that's 64 right?

I've never built a computer before, so it should be interesting haha. There's no question that I'm getting more bang for my buck buying from newegg than?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 05:15 PM

Building a PC can be fun, just do some research on how to build one. Below is a suggested configuration that is more powerful than the one in your original post for about the same price.

Case: NZXT Zero Black/Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower - A full ATX tower will give you plenty of room to install large components and keep things cool. $139

Motherboard: ASRock K10N780SLIX3-WiFi AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - This board is solid, inexpensive, and supports the latest AMD processors with SLI. $159

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Intel processors are more expensive. Unlike the CPU in your original post, this one has its multiplier unlocked making it much easier to overclock. $229

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - Corsair makes excellent power supplies. $124 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - This will run circles around the card in your initial post. $354 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Memory: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Your motherboard requires DDR2-1066 memory and it can hold up to 16GB. I suggest getting two of these kits to fill all RAM slots. $59 Two kits: $119 (Before $20 mail-in rebate per kit)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB - Plenty of space for everything. $89

Optical Drive: Samsung Combo Drive - It burns and reads most optical media. $24

Heatsink and Fan: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Most CPU's come with their own fans, but since the CPU I selected comes with all that overclocking potential, an aftermarket CPU cooler is best. $36

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM - You need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM. $99

Price: $1,380 (Includes everything above plus the two RAM kits)
Price after rebates: $1,300

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

I meant to add the OS that I was planning on getting as well. Windows Vista Home Premium... that's 64 right?

I've never built a computer before, so it should be interesting haha. There's no question that I'm getting more bang for my buck buying from newegg than?


you can get 32 bit and 64 bit versions of every vista edition, so be careful when ordering.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:56 PM

You can get 32 and 64-bit separate OEM editions, so double check the list before you order. However, the retail versions of the OS have both.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 12:56 PM

"personally have my grudge against dell, XPS i'm pretty unsure about "

Dell bought Alienware.
The XPS line are basically Alienware knockoffs .
Dell USED to be a good co. .

I agree with building your own.
What you have listed sounds pretty good, will do what you want, & then some !


Yes I am aware of that. I tend to steer compleatly away from the whole Dell/XPS/Alienware line. Then again I only buy a brand name like that if its a laptop.

However I would also go with the build that DJBPace07 recommeneded. Also as he pointed out, make sure its 64 bit, every vista version comes with both types.

Good luck with your build. :thumbsup:
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