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Old 08-12-2007, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, Im about to start purchasing parts for my first build. However I would like to know if these parts are good or if there are better parts available for similar prices. Also if the parts I am buying are compatible with each other and if I am missing any parts.

Case
ASpire X-Plorer Black
ASPIRE X-PLORER 17IN ATX TOWER CASE 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT 2X80MM FAN WINDOW LCD TEMP. DISP. BLACK - DirectCanada

Power Supply
BFG 650W Power Supply ATX V2.0 EPS12V 20/24PIN SLI Crossfire Ready
BFG 650W Power Supply ATX V2.0 EPS12V 20/24PIN SLI Crossfire Ready - DirectCanada

Motherboard
ASUS P5KC ATX LGA775 P35 DDR3 DDR2 1333FSB 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
ASUS P5KC ATX LGA775 P35 DDR3 DDR2 1333FSB 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - DirectCanada

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.66GHZ 1333FSB 4MB Retail - DirectCanada

Harddrive
Western Digital 500GB Harddrive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 7200 16MB SATA-300 OEM Hard Drive WD5000AAKS in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

RAM
Kingston KVR667D2N5K2/1G 1G PC2-5300 DDR2-667 SDRAM x 2
Canada CTY Computers - Kingston KVR667D2N5K2/1G 1G PC2-5300 DDR2-667 SDRAM -Retail store for computer parts,accessories,systems. Location,Ontario,Richmond Hill,HWY7,Tornto,College.

Video Card
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB
Canada Computers - : Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 8x AGP Graphic Card 2xDVI / TV Out (Retail Box).

Im also going to buy a DVD Burner but havent decided which one and a keyboard, monitor, mouse and speakers.
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what's your budget?
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about $1500 Canadian including a monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. Dont need an OS though
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Your graphics card (ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB) is an AGP slot version while your mobo can use PCi-e x16. You definitely want to go with the PCi-e

Here's the PCI-e x16 one. Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By ATI : Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card.

Take this mobo instead of the ASUS: Gigabyte P35 DS3R
Canada Computers - Motherboards > Socket LGA775/T : Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R Socket 775 Intel P35 + ICH9R Dual-Channel DDR2 1066/800/667/533Mhz GigaLAN 8-Channel Audio Support 1333Mhz FSB.

I'd also go with this PSU, Corsair 620HX
Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E - DirectCanada

The Antec 900 case is a bit more pricey (113 on that site), but I'd recommend that un
Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 Atx 9 Drive Bay No Ps Top USB2.0 1394 Audio - DirectCanada

I'd recommend getting some better ram too. 2gb ideally. I'd go with Crucial Ballistix, but any good brand, non value RAM should suffice (Corsair, OCZ, Geil, G. Skill, etc) if you can afford.
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Here are parts that I would suggest, for a system under $1500:

Case - Antec 900 Mid Tower
Motherboard - Gigabyte P35-DS3R
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache
RAM - 2 x 1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12
Graphics - Sapphire X1950XT 256MB
Power Supply - Corsair 520HX 520W
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB 16MB Cache
Optical Drive - LiteOn SH-16A7S DVD Burner
Monitor - LG L204WTX 20" / 5ms / 2000:1 / 1680 x 1050
Speakers - Logitech X-230 2.1 Speaker System

Just pick a keyboard and mouse, to your liking. You can also pick your choice of speakers, but I just suggested the X-230s, because I heard it's worth every penny, and is very good for the money. You can also pick your own case, as it's a personal preference really...but I just suggested the Antec 900, because it's a great case for the money.
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Do i need a heat sink or do they come with the processor?

Also any reason you chose the E6550 instead of the E6750 since the price difference is under $10?

And is the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card better then the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card?
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Do i need a heat sink or do they come with the processor?

Also any reason you chose the E6550 instead of the E6750 since the price difference is under $10?

And is the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card better then the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card?
The processor should come with its own heatsink and cheap bit of thermal paste unless its oem.
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Do i need a heat sink or do they come with the processor?

Also any reason you chose the E6550 instead of the E6750 since the price difference is under $10?

And is the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card better then the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card?
If you want the E6750, go for it.

The X1950XT is much much more powerful, than the X1950PRO. It's not about the memory size. The X1950XT has 48 pixel shaders, compared to the PRO's 36. And pixel shaders or pipelines, directly relate to a graphic card's performance.
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Alright thanks alot, time to start loading up the credit card bill.
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