Help with Gaming PC Build

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  1. bowrofl

    bowrofl New Member

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    Hi. I'm trying to build a gaming PC for my friend for under $900 CAD. This is the build I got so far and it's a little bit above $900 with tax (we live in Ontario, so it's 13% total). He doesn't need a monitor... just the box.

    This is the build I have so far. I'm just looking for any suggestions. I haven't been caught up in PC hardware lately, so if you know of something which may be a better fit, please, feel free to comment.

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 8400 3.0Ghz, $219
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L, $125
    Ram: Crucial Ballistic DDR2 1066Mhz PC2 8500 1GB x 2, $60
    Graphics: Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 4850 1024MB, $199
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 400W PSU, $52.99
    Case: LIAN-LI PC-7B PLUS II Black, $91
    HD: Segate Barracuda ST3500418AS 500GB 7200RPM, $71
    Optical: Pioneer 216D, $31

    Any help would be appreciated. :hs:
     
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    what OS is he going to be using? 2gb is low if you are going to use vista.

    also might want to check out a higher wattage psu..i dont think 400w will adequately power it all.

    im not sure of the best bang for your buck (i haven't been keeping up with the hardware and prices etc for a few months now since i built mine), it looks like a decent build imo.
     
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    He is probably going to use either Vista or XP. Doesn't really matter. You use 2GB is too low for 32-bit Vista? I've been on 4GB for a while, but I remember 2GB not being too slow with Vista.

    I'll look into the PSU...the local non-chain computer store sells pre-build systems with similar specs with a 380W PSU, I was basing how powerful of one I should get from that.
     
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    Look into getting it from www.ncix.com
    They ship from BC, so you have to wait for it, but don't have to add 8% for PST. I've dealt with them a bunch of times and not had any problems.
     
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    i like having more ram, even if i dont use it. ram is dirt cheap, ive seen 4gb kits for 50 USD...not sure if canadian prices are more. even if its 32 bit, you will still have 3gb usable if you use a 2x2gb paired set.

    dont go by what local stores sell, go by a hardware forum recommends for budget gaming. in fact, i would see what they recommend for sub 1k rigs. i would use that as a guideline as they go for bang for the buck in gaming performance.

    hope it helps.
     
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    Crucial sucks lately. those ballistix are plague with problems
    PSU sucks
    yeah, order from ncix
     
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    Used newegg.ca the other site was just to horrible

    Case: Antec Three Hundred Black $ 69.99
    PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W $ 90.49
    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA780G-UD3H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G $119.99
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz $276.49
    Mem: Patriot Extreme Perf. 4GB (2 x 2GB) (PC2 8500) $ 74.99
    GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R487D5-1GD Radeon HD 4870 1GB $249.99
    HDD: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB $ 87.49
    DVDW: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner $ 30.99

    Total of CAD 1,000.42 Excluding 55 USD in rebates, so ~930ish in CAD excl shipping, aah crap read the tax part later on its excluding so nvm
     
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    pbcustom98 New Member

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    i run away from tigerdirect

    those sum bitches sent me a broken mobo...(the latch on the cpu socket was missing on my 939 board), and i had to fight with them to send it back..

    not worth the hassle
     
  9. lowfat

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    $90 for a 550W PSU, and OCZ one at that :rofl:
     
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    Yeah, CDN prices are more on pretty much everything, unfortunately :hs: Thanks for the advice though.

    I have the Ballistix in my box... I haven't had any problems, but if you could suggest a better, similar-priced brand RAM, that would be cool. And a better PSU as well.

    :ugh: Care to suggest a better one? Again, I've been out of the loop for a while.

    A little too expensive for him.. I'd love nothing more for him to have a sexy box like this, but alas, it probably won't happen. Thanks for the effort though :hs:
     
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    Wow people are still going for the E8400 CPU in a gaming rig?
     
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    What's wrong with the 8400?
     
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    nothing.
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    He's right about the Ballistix. Mine lasted a year before they failed, which is longer than for a lot of people.

    My suggestion is to get the proper volatage rating. That board calls for 1.8v. If you do a Newegg search, you can pull up just those, and then find that brand/model in CA.

    The Corsair mentioned is good for psu.

    I would stay away from the lower end Lian Li cases. They're still beautiful, but they're about as thin as paper. Go check one out at a computer store. You'll be afraid to push too hard on the panels.

    Get this Antec instead. Silicone rubber grommets for the hard drives isolate quite a bit of the vibration from the case, which makes it a lot quieter.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129018

    And you can save a big bundle by going with the E5200. It still overclocks like mad, and it's only around $80 here in the states.

    Then take the extra money and get a pair of the Seagates so he has a backup.
     
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    I have one and the thing is a shitpile. Nicely laid out and gorgeous black brushed aluminum but the panels reverberate like a guitar string. Very thin. If you don't mind almost constant buzzing noises from somewhere, or plan to add additional sound dampening measures yourself, then go for it.
     
  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I almost ordered one online a while back, but then I happened to see one at Microcenter. I was seriously bummed out because they're so amazing looking.
     
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    I have this case and it's excellent. Got it for $30 a while back, but I wouldn't recommend it especially for someone who games and plans to put in those long ass vid cards. The hdd frame will get in the way and one will have to cut out a notch into their case in order to fit these lenghty cards.

    The antec p180/2 would probably be a better choice.
     
  20. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh wow, that's too bad. Antec does tend to make the inside of their cases tight though. And those drive cages take up a lot of space..
     

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