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  1. #1
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    Cool Buying a new computer! Advice needed!

    Hi there, I built my current baby about 3 years ago and named it "Powerbeast". It served me well but the old dog is dying and can't play the games I want it to anymore. This christmas I'm building a new computer and here are the specs and their prices in Canadian $. Don't be surprised if the components are a hell lot more expensive than you lucky yankees down south Please provide your advice in terms of this machine's price/performance and compatibility. Please keep in mind that I'm a budget gamer.

    Specs:
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    Case:
    NZXT Apollo ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT No PS Front Audio USB Firewire Silver ($82.11)

    CPU:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 1.86GHZ 1066FSB 2MB Retail ($235.40)

    Motherboard
    ASUS P5B ATX LGA775 Conroe 965P DDR2 PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI 6 SATA2 Sound Motherboard ($166.75)

    Memory
    Kingston HyperX 1GB 2X512MB PC2-5400 DDR2-675 CL4-4-4-10 240PIN DIMM Memory ($171.35)

    Hard Drive
    Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB SATA 7200RPM 8MB Cache 8.9MS Hard Drive ($61.65)

    Video Card
    EVGA E-GEFORCE 7900 GS 450MHZ PCI-E 256MB 256BIT 1.32GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card ($231.71)

    Power Supply
    Coolermaster Extreme Power 600W ATX 12V V2.01 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan ($78.54)

    DVD Writer
    Samsung SH-S182 DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL-8X DVD Writer IDE Black OEM W/ Software ($43.73)

    Speaker
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speaker System Black 70W RMS 140W W/FDD2 ($80.92)
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    Total: $1,202.16 (before gigantic Canadian taxes, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc)

    Please let me know what you think and whether you think it will handle the latest games (also what kind of 3dmark I can expect on all stock settings).

    Thanks!
    My beast: Athlon XP 1700+ TBred "B" @ 2.26GHZ (180 FSB x 12.5 Mult @ 1.725Vcore) | Sapphire Ati Radeon 9700np 128mb @ 9700pro (325/310) | Epox 8rda+ Rev 1.1 A1/C1 | 2x256mb Kingston HyperX PC3000 @ 2-2-2-5 | WD800JB 80gig w/ 8mb cache | Liteon 52X24X48X *Black* | LiteOn 16X DVD-ROM | Antec TrueBlue 480W w/ blue LED illumination | Antec Plusview1000AMG w/ side window | Logitech Z640 5.1 | Logitech Optical Cordless Duo SE *Black* | Samtron 17" .24mm monitor | Built-in Soundstorm and LAN
    Cooling: Vantec Aeroflow HS w/ TMD fan | 5x80mm case fans w/ blue LEDs | NB: Vantec Iceberq copper fan | SB: Passive Vantec Icerberq HS | Arctic Silver 3

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    Re: Buying a new computer! Advice needed!

    Looks good.

    I'd suggest more memory though.

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    Re: Buying a new computer! Advice needed!

    I'd suggest a faster Core 2 Duo, maybe go up one more notch, plus maybe hang in there for a few months more and get a dx10 video card. The current 8800s seem to mop the floor with just about everything before them.

    I just got my first pci-e board and it has on-board video along with a single x16 slot. I plan on getting it up and running with the on-board video, and then getting a dx10 card when the prices are better. But I'm in no rush at all. It likely will be my first vista system as well.
    Gigabyte P55A-UD4P, Core i7-860 Lynnfield at 3.6GHz, ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET 120mmCPU HSF, CORSAIR Vengeance (2 x 4GB) DDR3 at 1640, PowerColor HD5870, Earthworks 650W PSU, Samsung 840 EVO 120g SSD (W10 Pro 64-bit), 320G Blue Caviar storage, LiteOn DVD burner, Antec 902 case [B]
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3, i5 2500K OCed at 4.5GHz, CM 212 Hyper Plus, G. Skill Ripjaws 4G X 2 2133 Ram, Samsung 840 EVO 250G, 3Tb Seagate HDD, unknown DVD drive, XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870, PC Power and Cooling 610 Silencer, Fractal Define R4 Case, LG 27" AOC IPS monitor, Win 10 Home 64-bit

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    Re: Buying a new computer! Advice needed!

    I agree with more RAM: get 2 x 1GB, even if you have to get lower spec stuff and run it slightly slower. The rest looks fine. I assume that this is near your budget limit? The only other thing might be to budget for a better cooler if you plan to overclock - and I assume you do or you wouldn't be posting in this bit.


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    Re: Buying a new computer! Advice needed!

    more mem,as they said,different video card.u can get better with that casho.

    add a couple 120mm fans overhead to drop temps by 10+ celsiusD.S.C-12(2)-disclaimer : whatever u do with your hardware/software is your
    responsibility, which i dont hold if u break anything

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    Re: Buying a new computer! Advice needed!

    Did you buy this pc already, given x-mas has passed?
    I'd get value ram to cut on the cost if needed to get better speakers like the z-5300e. I'd increase the HDD size to at least 200GB. Seagate 7200.10 or maxtor maxline is good.
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    400x8 (3.2GHz) 32C idle/58C Load @ stock 1.31V/HSF | Gigabyte DS3R Rev 1 bios F13 | OCZ XTC Rev 2 @4-4-4-15 | Antec Sonata 3 500W | Palit 8800GT driver v.169.21 | WD 500GB | 22" 226BW | Logitech x-540 5.1

    AMD64 (754) 3000+ @2GHz |
    | ASUS K8N-E DLX BIOS 1.11 | 512x 2 OCZ Premier DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 | Antec Sonata 380W | 9600 Pro 128MB | 19" 930B

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