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  1. #1
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    Default Gaming rig

    Hey!

    I'd like to buy myself a decent gaming rig. For the first time in my life I'm not blindly buying something at the local computer store (I learned the lesson : GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND). Anyway, I did some of my homework but I'm still lost.

    I want to spend 2000 $ (CANADIAN). I need a CPU, a mobo, RAM ,a HD, a video card and a monitor (CRT). I'm looking to overclock a bit (I don't want to have to shovel dry ice on my CPU to keep it stable). I want to be able to max out the graphics on the next generation of games and still be able to play decently 1,5-2 years from now on.

    Once I have a starting idea I can study it a bit :)

    Thank you!

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    check out www.newegg.com for great pricings
    and how much is 2000 canadian compared to us dollars. a great cooling product would have to be zalmen they are great at cooling and dont cost a lot of money. this is what you can get for 2000 canadian 1750.92 us
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    Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #: VA3000BWA
    Item #: N82E16811133132

    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate
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    $108.99 $108.99
    Internal Hard Drives
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    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: WD2500JS
    Item #: N82E16822144417
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    $103.00 -$5.00 Instant
    $98.00
    Monitors - LCD
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    VISON V1721DB Black 17" 12ms LCD Monitor - Retail
    Model #: V1721DB
    Item #: N82E16824161024
    ** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
    **Dead Pixels Policy: Replacement or Refund for 8 or more dead pixels only.
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    $189.99 -$5.00 Instant
    $184.99
    AMD-compatible Motherboards
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    ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: A8N-SLI Premium
    Item #: N82E16813131540
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    $166.99 $166.99
    Video Cards
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    eVGA 256-P2-N527-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Model #: 256-P2-N527-AX
    Item #: N82E16814130254
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    $454.00 $454.00
    Power Supplies
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    AeroCool Turbine Power ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: Turbine Power 550w
    Item #: N82E16817101208
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    $106.00 $106.00
    Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
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    ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink - Retail
    Model #: CNPS7700-CU
    Item #: N82E16835118115
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    $49.99 $49.99
    CPU Thermal Paste / Grease
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    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Model #: ARCTIC SILVER 5
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    ** This item may only be returned for a replacement of the same make/model within 30 days only. what's this?
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    $5.99 $5.99
    Memory - System
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    CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model Twinx2048-3200c2pt - Retail
    Model #: Twinx2048-3200c2pt
    Item #: N82E16820145575

    $40.00 Mail-in Rebate
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    $225.00 $225.00
    Processors
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
    Model #: ADA3800BVBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103562
    ** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
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    $296.00 $296.00
    Subtotal: $1,695.95
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    Shipping: $60.97
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    *This cart qualifies for No Payments for 6 Months with Newegg.com Preferred Account* Total: $1,756.92

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    Default Re: Gaming rig

    Quote Originally Posted by BURTON88
    check out www.newegg.com for great pricings
    and how much is 2000 canadian compared to us dollars.
    Newegg does not ship to Canada, as most would know, but http://www.ncix.com/ would be a place for Psykobob to look around at for a good Athlon64 setup.

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    What part of Canada are you in? I can give you some good tips if I knew that. Canada Computers is an excellent store and often their prices are better than NCIX. Let me know where you live and I can help. For 2K you can build a monster.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    I live in Québec near Montréal.

    I usually go on tigerdirect.ca to check prices are there better sites?

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    Should I wait for the next AMD's socket before buying my comp?

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    It depends on how long you want to wait. It's so close that I'd say you should indeed wait, but others are more impatient than I am.

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    You would likely be paying more for something that may or may not be an advantage, at the moment we dont know how DDR2 will affect the A64's... There are other "new" instruction sets and stuff, but you would probably be paying more for something that would probably not be MUCH better than what you could get now. Plus its often better to wait a while after something is released so they can work the bugs out, ie: Xbox 360, SLI, Xfire and so on.

    Springing on a new system now, would not be a bad Idea IMO, plus AMD cut prices on the A64 and X2's not to long ago.
    My Current Rigs:
    Antec P180, OCZ Powerstream 520W, DFI nF4 SLI-DR Expert, AMD X2 4400 w/XP120(2.6GHz@1.45v), 2x1GB OCZ Platnium PC3200, BFG 7900GT@592/800(1.6), WD 250GB SATA, Maxtor 120GB IDE, LG DVD/CD Combo(black), Sony DRU-810 DL DVD Burner(black)
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    I'm not saying it would be a bad idea, but there's something to be said about having a system that will upgrade a couple times rather than a dead platform. I'm not convinced that the new socket will be much faster if at all, and I'll bet it won't have nearly as much bang-for-buck at launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psykobob
    I live in Québec near Montréal.

    I usually go on tigerdirect.ca to check prices are there better sites?

    OMG!!!!!! Stop going to tigerdirect.ca and start going to NCIX IMMEDIATELY!!!! You are overpaying by at least 10% if not 25%.

    http://www.ncix.com/

    They are in Canada (BC) and only charge 7% tax!! Plus, they ship fast and I love them. You can also get stuff from CanadaComputers:

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/

    and I believe they only charge the tax for your province. BUT, I cannot suggest strongly enough you go to NCIX.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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