RealMarkP

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few weeks.
BUDGET RANGE: At most $1050USD ($1200 CND)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Mid end games), Watching Movies, Web, Email, Doing the Taxes, Word processing, Music.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I use shopbot.ca to get the best prices.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm leaning towards an AMD Phenom II type PC. MicrotATX (because I already have the case).
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, if parts are right and overheating is not an issue.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Most likely in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Any.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This PC will have to last at least 5 years.


Here is a list of parts I already have looked into. Comments are welcome!!

MOBO: DFI LP JR 790GX-M3H5
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3 1600 OCZ3P1600EB4GK
GFX: XFX PVT98WYDFU GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Express 2.0 x16
HDD: 320Gb Western Digital HDD 7200RPM SATA II
DVD: LG DVD Burner SATA
PSU: Hec X-Power Pro 600W SLI Ready
MONITOR: PHILIPS 220SW9FB 22" INCH TFT LCD (1680X1050)

My biggest concern is weather or not I should upgrade this to an X4 processor or should I leave it at X3. The reasoning behind it is that games are not made for a large amount of cores because almost all rendering is done on a single thread. It won't be until the DirectX 11 generation of games that will be able to split rendering. However, games do have other things that run on different threads, such as AI, Sound, etc. Does this warrant more Cores??
 
Hmm if u not intending to go SFF/small footprint gamer perhaps just get a standard ATX AM3 mobo? With some manipulation and assuming you sticking to single GPU solutions for a 22":

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$907.47 with shipping less MIR :p

Edit: Ah ok see u plan to reuse your mATX casing? If so then ya maybe try to hit a GTX260/HD 4870 at least hehe
 
I would recommend the 640G WD black HD, as it isn't much more than the 320G that you've picked out.

That PSU definitely isn't something I would recommend.

You have gaming listed as your most important use. I think the 9800 gtx may be a little weak. If you can fit it in your budget, the 1G 4870 or gtx 260 would be a better choice.
 

RealMarkP

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Why is the HEC PSU a bad choice? It got great reviews on newegg and some other sites. Grabbing a Corsair made PSU is tempting but shoots my budgets through the roof. I'm also Also, Instead of the 9800 GTX, I'm thinking of the HD 4850 because it is similar in price. ANother thing, I see you have a nice LCD monitor there, unfortunately that price for that monitor is not available for Canadian customers.
 

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Newegg reviews are essentially useless. For PSUs you need to read reviews from sites which properly test them, such as jonnyguru, hardocp, xbitlabs. The PSU is the most important component in your system so it is the last place you should try to save money.

Some good choices:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25984&promoid=1006

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30141&promoid=1006

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29896&vpn=SS%2D500GB&manufacture=Seasonic%20Electronics&promoid=1006

I would also change the video card to this one.
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=38303&vpn=HD477AYDLC&manufacture=XFX