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NovusThi Posted: Thu, Feb 5 2009 7:43 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm helping my cousin build a gaming computer and I've come up with 2 different specs. (The setup I'm looking at is composed of CPU, Mobo, GPU, HDD, Mem Ram - The rest I'll look into afterwards) His budget is limited to 1000 canadian dollars, thus why I'm referencing tigerdirect.ca.

I'm trying to figure out wheter everything will run just fine without any compatibility issues and if there's any gaps that could be improved within the budget limit. I appreciate all of your help.

Setup 1 - ATI GPU, etc.

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor BX80580Q8200 ($200) [link]

Mobo - Asus P5Q-E Green Motherboard ($208) [link]

GPU - HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ4 1GB PCIe w/DL DVI ($240) [link]

Mem RAM - 2 x Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) ($150) [link]

HD - Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive ST31500341AS ($150) [link]


Setup 2 - Nvidia GPU, etc.

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor BX80580Q8200 ($200) [link]

Mobo - Asus P5N-D Motherboard ($159) [link]

GPU - XFX GeForce 9800 GTX + Video Card ($220) [link]

Mem RAM (8GB) - OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory ($120) [link]

HD - Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive ST31500341AS ($150) [link]

Thanks,
Thi

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I like the first setup. I am using a 4870 and have been very happy with it. I don't know how there prices compare there, but Newegg just opened Newegg.ca. They have some good prices here in the states.

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NovusThi replied on Thu, Feb 5 2009 11:24 AM

Have you noticed any incompatibilities with the setup #1? That's the one I'm leaning towards buying.

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ice91785 replied on Thu, Feb 5 2009 11:33 AM

Everything seems to look pretty good -- only thing I would mention is for a HDD, possibly go with WD's 1TB black edition drive; WAYY better performance and not plagued with issues as the Seagate 1.5TB has been (i just don't trust the 1.5TB drives after Seagates initial firmware botch).

Anyway the WD Black drives have been compared to Raptors in terms of performance -- cannot really go wrong there

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I agree with Ice for the HD. And system one is a nicer system

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ice91785:

Everything seems to look pretty good -- only thing I would mention is for a HDD, possibly go with WD's 1TB black edition drive; WAYY better performance and not plagued with issues as the Seagate 1.5TB has been (i just don't trust the 1.5TB drives after Seagates initial firmware botch).

Anyway the WD Black drives have been compared to Raptors in terms of performance -- cannot really go wrong there

I have the WD black 1TB drive as well. It is very fast. If space is premium WD just came out with a 2TB drive, though it's a green power edition.(Not as fast as the Black) No word on the Black version yet.

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