First Time Building my Own Computer - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-28-2007, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3
Default First Time Building my Own Computer

Hey guys, I've been doing as much research as possible during my free time, trying to get to know as much as possible before I start building.

Here are the parts I'm looking to buy (all in Canadian dollars):

CPU: Intel Pentium E2160 1.80GHz - $132.99
Tiger Direct Link

RAM: Ultra 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory x 2 - $85.94
Tiger Direct Link

Hard Drive: Seagate / Barracuda 7200.10 / 500GB / 7200 / 16MB / Serial ATA-300 / OEM / Hard Drive - $129.97
Tiger Direct Link

Motherboard: EVGA nForce 680i SE SLI (TR Version) - 212.99
Tiger Direct Link

PSU: Ultra / X-Finity / 500-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / SLI-Ready / Black / Power Supply -$49.97
Tiger Direct Link

DVD Burner: Sony DRU830A Retail DVD Burner - $42.97
Tiger Direct Link

Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX - $149.97
Tiger Direct Link

Case: Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Full-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports - $49.97
Tiger Direct Link

All together with taxes all this will run me about $975. I have a Tiger Direct outlet store so shipping is not a problem.

Honestly, I feel like I could get a better system for the money that I'm looking at above. However, I do want to keep the cost low.

Should I just get a ready built system of a comparable price, or should I further pursue this?

Note: 1 Canadian dollar is 0.96 US dollars, but the prices are SO much higher here. It's ridiculous how much they gouge us here.

Any recommendations on the parts will be appreciated, I am just getting started so nothing here is final.

SoulnStyle is offline  
Old 07-28-2007, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
jfenwick's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,644
Send a message via ICQ to jfenwick Send a message via MSN to jfenwick
Default Re: First Time Building my Own Computer

If you're in the GTA and are using one of those TigerDirect outlets check out Canada Computers first:

Canada Computers - Your Neighbourhood Computer Store and Service Centre - PC Systems and Hardware Components, Notebooks, Electronics, and more.

Their prices are generally lower than anywhere else (always exceptions) and have a number of stores in the GTA for pick up rather than delivery. That's what I've done and its saved me atleast $150.00 on my build over TigerDirect.

[edit] And they price match as TigerDirect wont unless your ordering your entire system from them at once...and then it's just a discount if you make a good argument. [/edit]

jfenwick is offline  
Old 07-28-2007, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3
Default Re: First Time Building my Own Computer

Thanks a lot, just by doing a quick search I found I can get the same cpu for $30 less, will definitely look into it.

Recommendations on parts will also be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Going with the E4300 instead of the E2160
SoulnStyle is offline  
Old 07-28-2007, 10:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
Inquiry - The Dark Cheese
darksideleader's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 953
Default Re: First Time Building my Own Computer

as for the graphics, if your willing to $150, you could get a lot more out of your money.

Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By ATI : Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card.

Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By nVidia : BFG GeForce 7900 GS OC nVidia GeForce 7900GS Chipset (525MHz) 256MB GDDR3 (1320MHz) PCI-Express Graphics Card 20 Pixel Shader Processor SLI-Ready Windows Vista Ready.

Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By ATI : Sapphire ATI HD 2600 XT 256MB DDR4 Dual Display PCI-Express Graphics Card.

The x2600XT will be future proof DX10 put perform worse than other ones.

And if your willing to put in an extra $50, you will be getting the x1950XT. Which has the power of the 8800GTS but that is another $100.

Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By ATI : Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphic Card (Retail Box).
darksideleader is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
POST Troubleshooting Guide SYL\X/3K Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 7 03-07-2009 10:24 AM
Building New Computer Inflict Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 06-22-2007 01:00 AM
Also my first time building a PC AP4LIFETN New Systems | Building and Buying 63 05-30-2007 12:14 AM
Building Media Computer - Need Advice bigbaddog Computer Audio and Multimedia 5 04-12-2007 10:20 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.