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Old 08-15-2008, 04:19 PM   #11
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I still need to shave off a little money, is there a PSU that will
-keep preformance for high end gaming
-lower price of the one i have up there

Im swiching out my 9600 for the 8800 GT, but i will be adding money to the total amount. Please, if any way possible, help me reduce the price, because im not to great with chosing parts.
if lowering your graphics card is an option, the 3850 is not as powerful as the 8800GT or the 9600GT, but really isn't "that" far behind a 9600GT, you could get this cheap just to get your system up and running, then save up and buy a kick ass card later...

ASUS 3850, less than $70 after MIR
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:37 PM   #12
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if lowering your graphics card is an option, the 3850 is not as powerful as the 8800GT or the 9600GT, but really isn't "that" far behind a 9600GT, you could get this cheap just to get your system up and running, then save up and buy a kick ass card later...

ASUS 3850, less than $70 after MIR
Unfourtunatly, Newegg is not an option for me. I wanted to use them, but they dont ship to Canada, and the cross border tax would kill me if they did. I will look on TigerDirect.ca to see if they have a 4850, and i will swich out the one i have now, if the price is cheeper. Thanks for the link though

EDIT: Found a link on Tiger, LINK, dont know if its the right one i need. If not send back a good manufacturer to look at.
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:38 PM   #13
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First off you should buy your stuff at Canada Computers (Its cheaper)

And you should get the 4850 over the nvdia ... even over the 4870. The 4870 is a 25% increase in performance for a 50% in price.

So here is my suggestion to keep it under 1000 w/tax

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo (189.00)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...075&cid=CPU.84

MB - Asus P5Q (144.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...817&cid=MB.157

Memory - Corsair 6400 2x2gs (106.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...id=RAM.346.307

V Card - Sapphire 4850 (198.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...id=999.243.272

HD - WDC 2x500g (138.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...cid=HD.443.877

Case/PS - for the case/ps you can get the Antec Sonata 3 which has its own antec 500w ps. ($104.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...rt=0&mfg=ANTEC

SubTotal 883.95

Total w/Tax $998.86

Lol hope this helps ... currently building new system as well so ive been researching and have alot of time at work

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Old 08-15-2008, 05:18 PM   #14
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First off you should buy your stuff at Canada Computers (Its cheaper)

And you should get the 4850 over the nvdia ... even over the 4870. The 4870 is a 25% increase in performance for a 50% in price.

So here is my suggestion to keep it under 1000 w/tax

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo (189.00)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...075&cid=CPU.84

MB - Asus P5Q (144.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...817&cid=MB.157

Memory - Corsair 6400 2x2gs (106.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...id=RAM.346.307

V Card - Sapphire 4850 (198.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...id=999.243.272

HD - WDC 2x500g (138.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...cid=HD.443.877

Case/PS - for the case/ps you can get the Antec Sonata 3 which has its own antec 500w ps. ($104.99)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...rt=0&mfg=ANTEC

SubTotal 883.95

Total w/Tax $998.86

Lol hope this helps ... currently building new system as well so ive been researching and have alot of time at work

his cpu link is the same price ($189.99) and I think he wants the Q6600 for future proofing...

the easiest way to save money off that build you have listed is trimming the list a bit, if you're not going to OC your Q6600, there's no need for aftermarket cooling (-$50), also the PCI expansion slot cooler really isn't needed (-$15), you could also just go with one 500GB media hdd to start with, cutting your cost in half there as well, you could always add another one later when more funds become available (-$70)...

thats roughly $135 saved from the original price just by cutting some of the fat off the build (so to speak)...
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Old 08-15-2008, 05:27 PM   #15
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his cpu link is the same price ($189.99) and I think he wants the Q6600 for future proofing...

the easiest way to save money off that build you have listed is trimming the list a bit, if you're not going to OC your Q6600, there's no need for aftermarket cooling (-$50), also the PCI expansion slot cooler really isn't needed (-$15), you could also just go with one 500GB media hdd to start with, cutting your cost in half there as well, you could always add another one later when more funds become available (-$70)...

thats roughly $135 saved from the original price just by cutting some of the fat off the build (so to speak)...
The reason i am getting the two HDD's is because i was thinking of backing up my father's Music library, and RAID'n them together so that they are one HDD and 2x faster than normal. If the aftermarket cooler is really unnessacarry, i will get rid of it, and i think that the expansion slot cooler will help keep my graphics card cool. If you disagree on anything that i have said, please feel free to tell me.
If there are some HDD's that give a good $-GB value, i will go for them instead of my 1TB inital space. I really want that RAID in there for the added speed of the drives.


Im also thinking of OC'n my Q6600 to either 2.5GHz or 3GHz, but only once i learn more about it and how its done. /takes off aftermarket cooler
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The reason i am getting the two HDD's is because i was thinking of backing up my father's Music library, and RAID'n them together so that they are one HDD and 2x faster than normal. If the aftermarket cooler is really unnessacarry, i will get rid of it, and i think that the expansion slot cooler will help keep my graphics card cool. If you disagree on anything that i have said, please feel free to tell me.
If there are some HDD's that give a good $-GB value, i will go for them instead of my 1TB inital space. I really want that RAID in there for the added speed of the drives.


Im also thinking of OC'n my Q6600 to either 2.5GHz or 3GHz, but only once i learn more about it and how its done. /takes off aftermarket cooler
I would also change the video card back if possible, the only reason I suggested the 3850 was because it was such a good deal because it was so cheap, the 3870 isn't as good as the other nVidia cards that were linked earlier either, and especially not for that price, if a 4870 or 4850 is too expensive, get this, it's better than the 3870 and cheaper too...

8800GT

if you do have more to spend, this is better than the 3870 (and the 8800GT and 9600GT as well)...

4850
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I now have 30$ to go until i hit my sweet spot. If there is a low price, low storage capacity HDD that you can find for an OS, that would be amazing. I want to lower the 50$ one i have now to around 30$

Also some PSU recomandations would be amazing. I am going to search Tiger for diffrent PSU's so i can lower the price more
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The reason i am getting the two HDD's is because i was thinking of backing up my father's Music library, and RAID'n them together so that they are one HDD and 2x faster than normal. If the aftermarket cooler is really unnessacarry, i will get rid of it, and i think that the expansion slot cooler will help keep my graphics card cool. If you disagree on anything that i have said, please feel free to tell me.
If there are some HDD's that give a good $-GB value, i will go for them instead of my 1TB inital space. I really want that RAID in there for the added speed of the drives.


Im also thinking of OC'n my Q6600 to either 2.5GHz or 3GHz, but only once i learn more about it and how its done. /takes off aftermarket cooler
It's important to ask this, but you are aware of the risk involved in using a RAID 0 configuration, aren't you? (This is assuming that you would be using RAID 0 instead of RAID 5 or 6, though the latter is pointless if you only have two drives).
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I now have 40$ to go until i hit my sweet spot. If there is a low price, low storage capacity HDD that you can find for an OS, that would be amazing. I want to lower the 50$ one i have now to around 30$

Also some PSU recomandations would be amazing. I am going to search Tiger for diffrent PSU's so i can lower the price more
I really wouldn't suggest doing that, skimping on a cheap psu can fry your whole system, the one you selected is decent and has the wattage and plugs to power a decent video card as well as the rest of your system...

I would highly recommend leaving that component alone, or even upgrading it if anything, 16a on two 12v rails may be enough, but this psu would probably be better, and it's only about $15 more, but that $15 extra dollars would be money well spent...

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It's important to ask this, but you are aware of the risk involved in using a RAID 0 configuration, aren't you? (This is assuming that you would be using RAID 0 instead of RAID 5 or 6, though the latter is pointless if you only have two drives).
Yes i am aware that if one of my HDD's fails, all of my data will be gone. Although this will not affect my OS HDD, i will back up all of my data on DVD's every 6 months, or when i make majour changes to my files

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I really wouldn't suggest doing that, skimping on a cheap psu can fry your whole system, the one you selected is decent and has the wattage and plugs to power a decent video card as well as the rest of your system...

I would highly recommend leaving that component alone, or even upgrading it if anything, 16a on two 12v rails may be enough, but this psu would probably be better, and it's only about $15 more, but that $15 extra dollars would be money well spent...

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Thanks for that information, but i think i will go with this PSU Thermal Take
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