Building First Gaming System (Opinions & Advice Much Appreciated!)

Vinsanity

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I'm planning on building my first gaming PC in the next two weeks. Since this is my first time, much help and advice will be needed and appreciated from you guys!

I have a basic list in my mind, but please feel free to help tweak it if you find that it is needed.

I don't really plan to upgrade it during the next few years and hoping it may be a bit "future-proof". I won't OC the system (although I would like to, but don't know how), and was wondering if the Intel retail CPU cooler would be enough.

I have a budget of around 2000 Canadian Dollars (not including the monitor). The prices that I will post below is in Canadian Dollars (on Newegg.ca), since I live in Toronto.


CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz --- CAD 349.99

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T Deluxe --- CAD 356.69

Video Card:
Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 4870 X2 2048MB GDDR5 --- CAD 528.09

Memory:
I haven't really decided about the ram yet. Actually I got no idea about it, only knowing that I would like 6GB DDR3 Ram. I heard that the one below was quite good for it's price?

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) --- CAD 209.39

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 32 MB Cache --- CAD 98.49

DVD Burner:
Not sure about this too. I just want a typical DVD/CD Burner, although I do prefer the Pioneer brand.

Power Supply:
Corsair 750TX 750W ATX12V --- CAD 159.99

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred --- CAD 147.89


Total: CAD 1850.53 (not including dvd burner, keyboard, mouse and monitor)


P.S. Please recommend a 22"-24" LCD monitor for me that would be good for gaming and watching movies (price ranging from CAD 300-400).

I like the Samsung brand but will be open-minded to accept other brands too.

I'm looking for a widescreen one with 2ms reaction time (although I don't know if it's a big difference compared with a 5ms one), and one that has HDMI and a 1920X1200 screen resolution would be preferable. I understand that a monitor with all the things above may put me over budget, so one with a 1920X1080 screen resolution can also be accepted.


Thanks a lot guys!
 

xthekidx

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Looks great, you obviously did some homework before you posted. Any DVD burner will work, there isn't much difference in them. I like LG, but pioneer would work fine.

You should get a cooler to put on that CPU and get the most out of it. Look at the Scythe mugen 2, its cheap and gives great numbers. Also get Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal paste to go with it.
 

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Thanks a lot for the reply! I'll keep the cooler and thermal paste in mind.

Yes, I did do some homework but there is still so much information you can learn and read lol. That's why I would like all the advice I can get from pros like you guys!
 

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I would get this power supply from PC Power & Cooling, same watts / amps as the Corsair but cheaper
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

The memory you selected is excellent

Make sure you get a SATA DvD Drive and Not IDE

If your not overclocking I would just get the standard P6t cause even it is able to overclock to at least 3.5ghz on the 920, so if you change your mind in the future you can rest assure it will overclock still.

Yes the Deluxe is better so If you have the money after geting a nice monitor go for it
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

Make sure you get a monitor with 1920 x 1200 resolution or you can downgrade your graphics. If budget is getting tight with monitor, downgrade your Motherboard to the P6T, saves $50.

I Personally reccommend either Samsung or LG for a monitor, Acer is still good but I found the quality of Samsung / LG to surpass them (I own all 3 brands).

Antec 900 is an excellent case, I own it, but it can become a little cramped for space. If you have extra $$ you may want to upgrade to a full tower. COOLER MASTER HAF 932 is excellent
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

 

xthekidx

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My only advice is that sometimes dual GPU's lose some of their potency due to scaling, and so you will get more for your money with a single GPU card and for that I would suggest the GTX 285. And for better overclocking abilities you should look at the P6T Deluxe V2, although the non-deluxe OC well if you aren't going for record speeds. But other than that your build looks very solid.
 

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Thanks for the information!

I was planning on going to Canada Computers to buy the stuff. And this question that has always been in my head struck me.

Should I order them online or go to some computer stores to buy them? What's the actual difference really, such as which way would be cheaper?
 

xthekidx

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Or if you like the looks of the CM 690 case, it has plenty of room for all your things, I own it and have no problems fitting video cards or CPU coolers. Its also cheaper.
 

xthekidx

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Online stores are generally cheaper because you cut out the middleman and don't have to pay extra for the parts to get to the store, even with the shipping costs to your home.
 

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Shopping locally will save you the shipping cost, but shopping at ncix would save you the PST which will be greater, plus you can price match (Canada Computers prices usually aren't bad, but not the lowest).
 

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Wow I can't believe all the new information I'm getting lol

I feel that my head is getting bigger and bigger by the moment. But I really really appreciate all the replies.

Btw, could someone please give me a specific model of a Samsung 24" or LG 24" LCD with 1920X1200 screen resolution that you guys may have used or heard about that would be nice for gaming?

What is the price range of these 24" LCD monitors? I'm trying my best now searching the web for this kind of information and would also like to hear your suggestions.
 

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BenQ G2400WD ~CA$300

Edit: Read this.
 

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Is it really necessary to get the 1200? I mean it is 50 CAD more expensive than the 900. Is it worth the price jump?

And I am also considering the cases the guys suggested above.

Will the 900 be able to store all the hardware without getting too cramped up and still cool being able to cool efficiently?
 

xthekidx

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The 900 will be fine, the 1200 would be better. But I don't think its worth the price difference, especially on a tight budget.

The scythe mugen 2 is sort of the xigmatech S1283 equivalent for LGA 1366 when it comes to your bang for the buck. It is one of the cheaper Coolers available for LGA 1366 and cools almost as well as the $70 ($90 CAD) TRUE, 1-2 Degrees C warmer typically under full load.
 

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Yet the 1200 is bigger, im just saying i rather get a bigger sized computer and fit more hardware better.
 

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Thanks for all the help guys. I highly appreciated all the feedbacks and finally have come up with a final config list.

Nothing was actually changed, but I'll just list them one more time with the Canada Computers prices. If you guys don't have any last comments about the build, I'll assume everything is ok and will go buy the stuff tomorrow afternoon.


CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz --- CAD 376.99

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T Deluxe --- CAD 377.99

Video Card:
Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 4870 X2 2048MB GDDR5 --- CAD 591.99

Memory:
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) --- CAD 254.99

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 32 MB Cache --- CAD 98.49 (newegg.ca price)

DVD Burner:
LG GH22NS30 Black SATA DVD-Writer 22xDVD+R --- CAD 29.99

Power Supply:
Corsair 750TX 750W ATX12V --- CAD 147.99

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred--- CAD 132.99

Monitor:
BenQ G2400WD --- CAD 369.99 (ncix price)

CPU Cooler:
Scythe Mugen 2 --- CAD 50.99
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound --- CAD 7.49

Total: CAD 2439.89 (Tax Not Included)


I just have two last questions.

1. Are the two BenQ monitors below the same? Why is the price difference so big?

One from NCIX:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31200&vpn=G2400WD&manufacture=BENQ

One from Canada Computers:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=019092&cid=MT.863

2. Is the above dvd burner ok? And are the two below the same? And was is "LightScribe"?

One from Newegg.ca:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

One from Canada Computers:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=019434&cid=CR.184


And that's about it. Thanks for all the help guys.
 

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you could try FiltechComputer also if you live near Downtown Toronto. some of the prices there are cheaper than CanadaComputers. though CanadaComputers always has a better stock especially the branch at downtown.