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Please help building new computer

By Bluemouse
Nov 10, 2006
  1. Hey all,

    I am looking to build myself a new computer, but Im not really sure exactly what to do. I know most of the hardware that needs to be put in, but I know im missing something.

    -Ram
    -Processor
    -Mobo
    -Casing
    -Graphics card

    Here is what I am thinking. Please tell me if I should be okay, and if anyone has any suggestions on various pieces of hardware, please let me know.

    -Thinking I would like to spend around $1100 canadian

    Needs:

    -At least 1.5Gig DDR2 Ram
    -256 graphics card (any suggestions on which one? Thinking:

    Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M nVidia GeForce 7600GT(560MHz) 256MB GDDR3(1.4GHz) 128-Bit DVI-I HDTV-Out Passive Cooling Heatsink SilentCool 2 PCI Express Graphics Card

    -Intel Core 2 Duo processor with at least 2+ Ghz 775.

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers :)
     
  2. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    You need a power supply and cd/dvd drive and monitor. The 7900gt or the card you mentioned are both good.
     
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    2GB RAM. 1.5GB Is not dual channel, and will be serious performance decreases.
     
  4. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    thanks for the replies guys!

    what mobo and casing should i get? what power supply is good?

    cheers
     
  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    The case is kinda up to you. That is what you have to look at all of the time! Good psu's are: Enermax, Antec, Fortron (FSP), OCZ. FSP is usually the least expensive.

    Don't forget a hardrive!

    You can get the E6300 C2D for a good price (about 183 USD here). You don't really need to go over 2ghz, especially if you are on a budget.
     
  6. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

  7. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    Thanks guys! Im thinking Im gonna go with a 2.2 cpu and the nvidia 7600. Need 2 gigs ram though :S (Something like this http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010970&cid=RAM.475)

    That psu seems a bit pricy though. What about other ones?
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=008081&cid=PS.808


    Im thinking:

    CPU: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010886&cid=CPU.84

    Mobo: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=011271&cid=MB.157

    Graphics: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010697&cid=999.243

    RAM: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010970&cid=RAM.475

    PSU: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=008081&cid=PS.808

    CASE: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=008767&cid=CS.664
    ----------------------------

    Would this be okay?
    Comes to about 1200 bux with tax. A bit pricy though. Think I can kick it down to 1000/1100 without sacrificing much?


    Also, think the prices will drop a bit in a little while? Im looking to purchase this around late december, early january. Would any of these specs/reccomendations change if I purchase it then?

    Cheers and thanks for all the help :)
     
  8. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    If you purchase it then, you should buy a dx 10 card instead. The overall price might drop $130 max.
     
  9. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    whats a dx10 card?
     
  10. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    direct x 10 is a set of multimedia Application Programming Interfaces (API's) written by Microsoft. It is a replacement for the now current direct x 9, and will dramatically improve overall game play and video quality. Its not really a direct x 10 card, it is a card that supports direct x 10.
     
  11. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    Oh, i thought it was a card model you were referring to lol :)

    Whats the difference between the card that I put and a card that supports dx10. Doesnt that one?
     
     
  12. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

  13. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    Im wondering what i should do about my mobo/cpu.

    Should I go for a 975x motherboard so I can upgrade my chip later? Or should I stick with a 965 and go with an e6600 instead of an e6400. Is the jump from 2mb to 4mb cache that noticable?

    Cheers
     
  14. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    I would get an 975x and a e6400. There won't be much of a difference unless your doing some real intense stuff.
     
  15. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    well probably the most intensive thing I would do would be playing oblivion. Unfortunately, the 975x's are like 240 bux :s.

    Since the one I saw was crossfire ready, I guess I should also go ati instead of nvidia. Whats a good/relatively cheap ati graphics card?
     
  16. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    P965 Chipsets support Crossfire, my 75$ Motehrboard Supports Crossfire and Core2
     
  17. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

  18. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

  19. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    You can upgrade to a Quad core on P965 Chipsets.
     
  20. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    Are you sure? Whats the difference between 965 and 975 then? All the 965s say that they support core 2 duo and below, but not quad core compatible\

    The one i posted was 512, but i dont think that can be right....
     
  21. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

  22. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

    So whats the difference between 975x and 965?

    Would someone be able to show me a mobo thats SLI Ready and supports core2 duo? Preferably with integrated wireless, but doesnt "really" matter all that much. Looking for good and cheap (and maybe one that futureshop has too so I can get them to pricematch + beat by 10% lol)
     
  23. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

  24. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

  25. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 405

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