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Hi,

I am looking for some help on purchasing my first custom made computer.

My price range is from $800 CAD to $900 CAD (which is about 667.251 USD to 750.657 USD) without the monitor but including the mouse and keyboard.

I am not a total gamer but I would like something a lot better than the average workstation. I am willing to raise my price range if it is unsuitable for what I want. I use my computer to watch movies and occasionally play the newest games. It would be great if someone could give me an idea of what I should be looking for.

THANKS!
 

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where i am around

$185 AMD® Athlon™ 64 3000+ Socket-939 512K Box
$235 AMD® Athlon™ 64 3200+ Socket-939 512K Box
$299 AMD® Athlon™ 64 3500+ Socket-939 512K Box
$425 AMD® Athlon™ 64 3800+ Socket-939 512K Box
$485 AMD® Athlon™ 64 4000+ Socket-939 1MB Box

HARD DRIVE

$102 Maxtor 160GB HD 7200rpm 8MB (ATA-133)
$107 Maxtor 160GB HD 7200rpm 8MB (SATA)
$105 Hitachi 120GB HD 7200rpm 8MB (ATA-100) #7K250
$109 Hitachi 120GB HD 7200rpm 8MB (SATA) #7K250
$112 Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB 8MB
$115 Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB 8MB SATA
MEMORY

$139 1GB DDR2 533Mhz (Kingston KVR533D2N4/1G)
$135 1GB DDR2 533Mhz (Corsair VS1GB533D2)
$145 1GB DDR2 533Mhz (OCZ OCZ25331024V)
$139 1GB(512x2) DDR2 533Mhz (Corsair VS1GBKIT533D2)
$135 1GB PC3200 400Mhz 184pin DDR (Samsung)
$139 1GB PC3200 400Mhz 184pin DDR (Kingston KVR400X64C3A/1G) $139 1GB PC3200 400Mhz 184pin DDR (Corsair VS1GB400C3)
MOTHERBOARD - need help here

DVD WRITER - do i need backup? - what does dual layer mean?
$62 Pioneer DVR-109 internal 16x16 DVD±RW drive (OEM)
$56 LG GSA-4163BB internal 16x16 DL DVD±RW drive w/Software
$49 BenQ DW1620 Pro Black Internal 16x Dual Layer DVD±RW drive w/Software
$49 Samsung TSH552U internal 16x16 Dual Layer DVD±RW drive w/Software

VIDEO CARD - need help here
SOUND CARD - need help here

Thanks Again!!

all prices are canadian
 

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Ok if you are going to play games I would suggest an nvidia 6600GT or above.

Here are the models that I would recommend, 6600GT, 6800GT, 7800GTX (this one being the most expensive).

As far as the sound card you can just use the one onboard if you're trying to save money but I personally like the Audigy.
 

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could someone comment on the sapphire radeon x800gt


and the Geforce 6200TC Supporting 256MB 64-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card


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The Radeon X800GT is not the greatest video card in my opinion. There are two main parts to a video card: the internal GPU drawing capacity, and the external memory bandwidth. The Radeon X800GT is meant to compete with the GeForce 6600GT. The X800GT has a somewhat slower GPU but a much faster external memory bandwidth. Overall they are a decent match in speed but I think overall the 6600GT is a better balanced video card than an X800GT.

Geforce 6200TC Supporting 256MB 64-bit DDR - that's a weak video card and isn't capable of decent gaming performance on modern games. There are much better cards which are only slightly more expensive.

If you play current games occasionally then you could get along reasonably well with a GeForce 6600GT. They usually start at about CAN$220 although sometimes you can get them cheaper. Personally I'd spend a bit more money and get a Radeon X800 at CAN$257 or maybe this Radeon X800XL at CAN$270 (although I don't know much about Connect3D). Both of these Radeons are definitely worth the extra money over a GeForce 6600GT.

When it comes to motherboards I'd get only an nForce 4 motherboard. It's probably the least troublesome athlon 64 chipset for PCI-Express. You could pick a motherboard from here. I'd stay away from any motherboard which doesn't have a fan on the nForce 4 chip. They get pretty hot.

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By the way, the cheapest way to buy a hard disk (at least in the US) is to buy the retail version when it comes with a rather large rebate. Around here Best Buy, CompUSA, and Fry's (all big electronics chain stores) always have a couple of deals on hard disks which are very cheap after the rebate. Currently they are usually US$50 for a 160GB and US$100 for a 300GB after the rebates.

Also, dual layer DVD burners are capable of burning dual layer DVDs which are rather expensive and store 8.5GB as opposed to single layer DVDs which store 4.7GB and are cheap. Dual layer DVD burners barely cost more than single layer DVD burners so there's no point in getting the older single layer burners.
 

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One more thing I would like to add. Get a read only cd or dvd drive for gaming. It will save wear on the burner. The burner drives are great for burning, but not daily use.

On the dual layer burner. You might as well get the most up to date burner on the market. I hope at some point the dual layer media will get cheaper.
 

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Hi,

Thanks for all this, here is what I was thinking....please comment..

$185 AMD Athlon™ 64 3000+ Socket-939 512K Box
$145 1GB(512x2) 400Mhz 184pin DDR (Corsair VS1GBKIT400C3)
$115 Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB 8MB SATA
$193.79 Sapphire Radeon X800GT
$146.05 Asus A8N-E
$62 Pioneer DVR-109 Black internal 16x16 DVD�RW drive (OEM)
$104.72 Enermax EG-565P-VE

Is there anything else I need, someone will be putting it together at the place where I will be purchasing it. I hope to hear more comments on the choices I have made.

Thanks!
 
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