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Old 09-19-2008, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm building my second gaming rig and i want some advice or suggestions before i press the buy button. Im from Canada and buying everything from Tigerdirect. This is what i'm looking at so far:

Case:
ThermalTake Tsunami Series Aluminum ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Top USB, Firewire and Audio Ports - Black VA3000BWA in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. I'm getting another fan to put on the side.

CPU Fan:
Thermaltake V1 Multi-Socket 775AM2939754 Copper CPU Cooler CL-P0401 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. Should i get this or will the stock fan be good enough. I'm not a big overclocker BTW.

HD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, Serial ATA-300, OEM ST3500630AS in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. The Mobo im looking at might not work with this but i'm not sure. The mobo says only UDMA and this is SATA but i read elsewhere that it works with both idk

RAM:
Corsair Dual Channel XMS2 4096MB PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Processor BX80570E8600 - 3.33GHz, 6MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Wolfdale, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. I was thinking of getting a q9550, what would be better for gaming. I want this rig to last about 2 years.

PSU:
ThermalTake Toughpower 850-Watt ATX 140mm Fan 2024-Pin SATA Ready PCI-E Ready Power Supply W0172RU in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. I've had a lot of bad experiences with power supplies, is this one good?

Video Card:
Visiontek Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 512MB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support 900244 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. I already have a 3850, is this a big step up/worth the money. Just out of curiosity how well would the work in xfire?

Mobo:
Asus P5Q Deluxe Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual Gigabit LAN, SPDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID in Canada at TigerDirect.ca. I'm really worried about buying a bad mobo like i did with my first build. Is this good/compatible with everything else. Is it easy to upgrade other stuff for it so it would last about 2 years?

Your help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Change the cooler to an AF7 and the processor to the E8500 (a lot cheaper and basically the same).

Change the power supply to the Corsair 550vx (if your looking to crossfire down the line then maybe consider the Corsair 750tx version) and the memory to this: OCZ Reaper Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) OCZ2RPR8004GK in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

The motherboard you chose is a good choice.
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For some reason Tigerdirect doesn't have any better coolers like the AF7. All it has is thermaltake, Ultra, and Aerocool. Do you know a good site in Canada that has better power supplies and cpu fans. ALthough i would rather get everything from the same spot to keep shipping costs down.

And for some reason the e8500 and e8600 are the exact same price on tigerdirect. So i guess i should go with the e8600.

Ok i changed the psu and ram to what you suggested and saved a lot of money. Why should i change them, just because they're cheaper, do they perform better or just as well?

How much should this cost. On Tigerdirect its about $2000. Am i paying to much for this or is this a regular price. I'm pretty sure Newegg is cheaper but we dont have that in Canada yet.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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All the prices on tigerdirect.ca are a rip-off IMHO

try directcanada.com for better prices and choices

take the 500 gb hard drive in your example, it sells for $80 on tigerdirect with only 16mb cache.

the same sells for $60 for 16mb cache and $66 for 32mb cache on dc.


You'll end up saving atleast a $100 on your rig + free shipping on your rig for the parts u advertised... and no i dont work for dc lol

ordered alot of parts from tigerdirect before and always turned out to be a rip-off. now waiting for newegg.ca to launch to see more price cuts from the rest..

anyways good luck on ur rig bro
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Nice, everything on that site is a lot cheaper, especially video cards. Too bad there's a lot of stuff out of stock. I might buy half and half, but i'll probably wait till newegg opens too cause it cant be that long now.

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Another good Canadian site is ncix.

NCIX.com - Canada's Premier Computer Store - Great Technology, Service and Selection.
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Just checked out NCIX, way cheaper than TD. I calculated it all and would save close to $400 by going with NCIX, that's a good chunk of money. I'm never using Tigerdirect again, there selection's not even as good.
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Just checked out NCIX, way cheaper than TD. I calculated it all and would save close to $400 by going with NCIX, that's a good chunk of money. I'm never using Tigerdirect again, there selection's not even as good.
DC beats NCIX by 10 bucks or better ...
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