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Zylocks

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Hey guys, my brother bought a premade computer from dell, about 2 years ago, and it just died. This time I convinced him to buy and build his own computer, although I'll be the one doing that :).

SoooO, I was wondering if I could get some advice from you guys. When I built my computer 3 years ago, you guys chose all the parts, and it's still working great :).

What he wants: He's going off to university in a year, so computer life is a must; it should last a while. He'll be playing games and watching movies on it, but nothing ridiculously demanding.

His price range is up to $1000. He does not need speakers, monitor, keyboard or mouse. Hopefully all the parts can be ordered online. Also, we live in Canada :).

The sooner I can be putting this together the better! if there is anything I'm missing, or if you guys have any questions, ask away.

thanks again!

-Adam
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As in Canada I advise buying from www.newegg.ca
NCIX is all right too.

What processor are you looking at? I would suggest a Core 2 Quad (Q9550) or an Intel i7 920. If you are going with AMD, then you can look at the Phenom 2 X4 945, 955, or 965.
If you are not doing any intense gaming, a 9600GT would be good. If you want something that can handle more modern games, look at the ATI 4850 and 4870.
As for a case, get an Antec 900 or Cooler Master HAF 922.
Get a good PSU to power all of this... I suggest Corsair or OCZ power supplies.
For a HDD, get a WD Caviar Blue or Black and choose the size you want.
Pick out a good motherboard from a good manufacturer (I like Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, XFX, and some others).
I like this Asus P5Q series: http://www.newegg.ca...a...amp;x=0&y=0
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Hey edge, thanks for the advice.

I poked around a little and this is what I came up with.


Mobo, and CPU
http://www.newegg.ca...st=Combo.258847

Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814161289

HDD
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16822136098

I also have a couple of questions. You said to get a good power supply to power it all. How much am I looking at here?

the case you suggested
http://www.newegg.ca...9-064-_-Product
comes with a 650 power supply, but I couldn't seem to find the brand name of it, and I've had bad experiences with cheap power supplies in the past. I also dont care too much about how the case looks, so $200 for one seems a bit pricey, (although it does come with the mystery power supply).

as for RAM, I might as well get 4GB's right? are there any brands I should be looking at? Corsair comes to mind for me. How about this?
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16820145260

I'd also like a DVD burner. DVD burners can run and burn CD's as well right :)?
I don't really know what I'm looking for at all when it comes to DVD burners, so I pretty much picked one at random
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16827249054

am i missing anything?

thanks again guys.

Edited by Zylocks, 29 September 2009 - 03:29 PM.

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That's a good mobo/cpu combo deal.
It's an Antec PSU that comes with the case... this is the case alone: http://www.newegg.ca...9-021-_-Product

The RAM you have chosen is not compatible with the motherboard... it supports only DDR2 RAM.
I recommend these: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16820227289

With the rebate, the Powercolor 4870 1GB is faster than the 4850 and about the same price: http://www.newegg.ca.....wercolor 4870
I have this card, and I really recommend it.

That drive will work fine... you can get a cheaper one: http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16827118030
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thanks again edge, you're making this easy for me :).

the last two things.

is 500W psu good? how's this bad boy.
http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16817341018

and finally, i think i'm going to go with a cheaper case. do you have any others you'd recommend? within the $50-$100 range? i know its just the case, but sometimes they come with cool little features that i would probably miss if looking for myself.

cheers,
-Adam
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In that case I would suggest the Antec 300.
http://www.newegg.ca...9-042-_-Product

That 700W PSU is good. It is good for your build since its modular, but you don't need 700W of power... 500 is enough or even 400, just make sure it has 2-PCI-E connectors (6 pin). Look for one that is cheaper but still reliable.
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thanks, I placed my order.

now i get to play the waiting game ;D
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All right... let me know when the parts come in and when you finish your build.
Add some pics!
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