New Computer- Gaming, School, Surfing- $1200(CAN)


Jul 17, 2009
First things first, i will not be building it myself, i have no idea how to do it and it would just be too stressful to try. I would just bring in a list of parts to my local computer shop.

I have around $1200 Canadian to spend on a tower, doesn't need to include keyboard and mouse, but needs an OS.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully before end of summer


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web Browsing, School Work ( word, powerpoint etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Moniter, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Doesnt matter, as long as parts are for a good value

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to be able to have a Quad-core, DDR3 Ram(3-4g), and a video card that can last for at least a year. And if possible 32 bit OS

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, if possible

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, but the option to would be great.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will have to buy a new one, but am looking at 21"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Dont want glowing cases, this computer will be used by my whole family, along with the 4 year old one i'm using now.

I have some idea what i want on the computer, but have no idea whatsoever which parts would work together, so any help will be much appreciated.
Here's a build that would work for your needs and comes in under budget. This build is also ready to add another GPU in crossfire later if needed without having to upgrade the PSU or any other components.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail $327.49 (CPU + RAM combo)

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $174.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $79.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $79.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $149.99

XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $165.28

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $114.99 - $10.00 MIR

Total - $1,092.72 - $10 MIR