Need help with PC build

By r0t0rdr1ver
Jan 21, 2009
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  1. Hello folks, I am new to the site, and am looking for some helpful advice and direction on my first PC build. (actually my second, but that was like 10 years ago!) This forum seems very friendly and informative, and I'm hoping someone can shed a little light. I have done a little bit of research, and have chosen the following so far (please remember I'm a noob at this!):

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

    Am I on the right track? Any other suggestions? I'm also curious what you would recommend for a video card. I enjoy gaming, and the wife does a lot of graphic design. Is there anything else I need? (apart from optical drives)

    I also wanted to ask where the best place is in Canada to purchase components locally or online.

    Many thanks in advance for your help. Cheers!
  2. binwhui

    binwhui Newcomer, in training

    how much is your budget?
    try the following links:
    youtube.com/watch?v=hnj6dZAQpYA&feature=channel
    youtube.com/watch?v=3JfDaR3vdQM&feature=channel

    you'll find more helpful answers in his videos..
  3. r0t0rdr1ver

    r0t0rdr1ver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the links Binwhui. Budget is around $1500.
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    you can get a far better computer for $1500 than the one you posted. as far as a video card goes go with an ati 4870 one of the best bang for your buck video cards i know. If it were me i would get a better case and move up to a quad cpu.
  5. r0t0rdr1ver

    r0t0rdr1ver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks Klepto. I realize I can do better for the budget, but if I can keep the cost down, it would be better (sign of the times I think). I would just like to know if what I have chosen is decent, and if it will work well together, and then put it together with a good video card. I appreciate all the help so far!
  6. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    here are some suggestions on the build.

    case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119122
    Video card-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150338
    Cpu-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115131
    just some suggestions everything else looks good to me even the parts you have just you might like the quad a little better just get a good heatsink for it and you should be good. Also get 1066 ram its like the same price but faster and 4GB is nice
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    Try this build:
    Grand Total = $1378.02 or $1495.82, depending upon your video card choice. All prices are in CAD, except where stated, and the grand total does not take into account rebates or shipping. It'll make for a very powerful PC that will be able to easily handle anything you throw at it.
  8. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    lol i had almost the same build as rage in mind just i had the q9650 and the gtx 285 and a pc power and cooling psu.
  9. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    The Q9650 and GTX 285 are only marginally faster than the Q9550 and the GTX 280 respectively. The price difference is huge in comparison (in CAD at least) and the extra money does not justify the meager increase in performance.
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i know i have the q9550 and its a beast i was doing the build in US currency where you can get the q9650 for $333 and the gtx 285 for about the same on some sites. Sorry for the currency thing rage.
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    No need to be sorry mate, I was just pointing it out is all. :)
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,578   +863

  14. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    yes i have looked at it since i have the nzxt tempest which is a 900 rip off the v9 is a good all around case i like it. There are alot of reviews on it but i first saw it at tigerdirect and they liked it alot. The thing i like about it the most is the all black inside means no black paint would also look sweet blood red.
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    That case looks good cap. But I think it may be quite noisy. Still, the airflow is very good and IMO, you can never overcool anything in a PC.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,578   +863

    Got it, love it!

    Think the E8400 would do you fine. Could be jealous though, said the E7300 test pilot

    Why wouldn't we go with the same kit, but in PC8500?

    Mercifully, I have no opinion here.

    Here I'd trim some of my other expenses and spring for the 150GB smaller WD Velociraptor. Then buy the 640 for storage. I always buy Seagate, but that's a long discussion about probably a bunch of moot points.

    Here,Antec 900 I own one so I gotta say that. Well, or maybe the new TT I mentioned earlier. The Antec 1200 is another possibility if you go for a full tower model

    Sadly a copy of Windows.

    there is a Newegg Canada is there not?

    You're quite welcome
  17. r0t0rdr1ver

    r0t0rdr1ver Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the help you guys, I really appreciate it. Got a few decisions to make. I'll let you know how things turn out. May also need some help once everything arrives. Cheers!
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    I recommended a quad-core CPU mainly because it will be very beneficial when it comes to graphic design.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,578   +863

    As Rage points out, a quad core CPU is best utilized by certain video rendering, photo editing, and graphics design programs. Gaming isn't really improved. In some cases the quads' performance is lower than the high end C2Ds. Might I suggest investigating the software you are (or are intending) to use, before you commit between quad or dual core. Many programs of the type I mentioned, are intended to be to run on professional work stations, many of which are dual CPU. You can get all the high end Macs in dual processor configurations as well.
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