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I am building a computer for my brother and he mostly photoshops, makes music videos and plays games so i have decided to build him a computer but am not sure on the parts. I want to get all of the parts form canada computers (HAMILTON MOUNTAIN) as the store is less than 5 minutes from my house.

so here is what i have so far:

Case
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032590
-I dont want to spend too much on a case and i already have a v3 and am very pleased with the way it is performing

Power Supply
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=031111
-I hope 600W is sufficient for this processor and i heard that ocz makes good power supplies

Motherboard
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=029369
-same motherboard as mine but has usb 3

Processor
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=030521
-I have a quad core and it is very fast but i dont encode videos so i think A processor is good enough and i dont really want to go to the intel side because of the price of their motherboards

Cooler
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=025125
-same on my rig and have a couple fans assisting it so my cpu stays pretty cool but i am not sure how hot the hexacore is compared to the quad

Ram
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=035763
-the ram has good timings but is recommended for the intel i5s so i am not sure if i should stick this into a amd build

Hard Drive
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=029337
-WD has never failed me so far so i hope this one is as good as the one in my build

Video Card
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=033417
-this i really want to keep the same because if one of us ends up upgrading our video cards the other can get crossfire

Case Fans
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=027866
-about 3-4 of these should do

CD/DVD Drive
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=029356
-this will just be there

Monitor
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=034000
-dont want to spend too much over 100 for this

Keyboard
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=026604
-not to sure about this brand but dont want to spend too much on this either

Mouse
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032877
-have not used one of these but sounds really good

Thanks In Advance
First Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE Asus M4A89GTD Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 4GB (2x2gb) G.SKILL Ripjaws 1333MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB & Seagate 500GB TSSCorp CD writer/ DVD writer/ Lightscribe IDE Windows 7 and Kubuntu 10.10 BETA Acer AL1706 17" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
NeXXtech 2601154 CoolerMaster Power Plus eXtreme 550W Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Targus AMU14CA 8 button mouse 
Mouse Pad
Desktop 
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First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE Asus M4A89GTD Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 4GB (2x2gb) G.SKILL Ripjaws 1333MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB & Seagate 500GB TSSCorp CD writer/ DVD writer/ Lightscribe IDE Windows 7 and Kubuntu 10.10 BETA Acer AL1706 17" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
NeXXtech 2601154 CoolerMaster Power Plus eXtreme 550W Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Targus AMU14CA 8 button mouse 
Mouse Pad
Desktop 
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post #2 of 4
My suggestions:
Spend a little more on a PSU. Go Antec or Corsair. 600w should be enough with room to spare.

Get a mobo without integrated graphics. You are using a VGA, and integrated graphics are just taking up system resources. ASUS is a good choice. They probably make one just like the one you have here minus the integrated graphics.

Get a second fan for the CPU cooler to have a push/pull fan set up.

Get a better GPU. I know you want to stay the same card, but this card is markedly better for not much more money:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032936
There are other suggestions that I would make, but I know you are trying to keep it under $1200. Consider getting a nicer monitor, though. Good luck, and have fun with it!
Edited by croSSeduP - 2/23/11 at 2:31pm
Mr. Blue
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 2600K; 4.6GHz @ 1.385V MSI Z68A-GD65 B3 EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW MSi GTX 680 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper 4GBx4 DDR3 800MHz Crucial M4 SSD WD 1600AAJS Caviar SE WD 32000AAKS Caviar Blue, 16MB Cache 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 CPU Water Cooling, 2 120mm fans in ... W10 ACER HG270HU Logitech G910 Orion Spark 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec High Current Gamer 850W Apevia Mid-tower Logitech G500 Creative A220 2.1 Speaker System; Sennheiser HD... 
Other
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA  
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Mr. Blue
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Intel i7 2600K; 4.6GHz @ 1.385V MSI Z68A-GD65 B3 EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW MSi GTX 680 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Sniper 4GBx4 DDR3 800MHz Crucial M4 SSD WD 1600AAJS Caviar SE WD 32000AAKS Caviar Blue, 16MB Cache 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H50 CPU Water Cooling, 2 120mm fans in ... W10 ACER HG270HU Logitech G910 Orion Spark 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec High Current Gamer 850W Apevia Mid-tower Logitech G500 Creative A220 2.1 Speaker System; Sennheiser HD... 
Other
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA  
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post #3 of 4
I would go with gskil eco ram or the g skill ripjaws

http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=026160

or some kingston hyper x blu

for the gpu, take the 460 gtx, not the onecrossed up suggested but the superclocked gtx 460 that has the exhaust fan blowing from the back
post #4 of 4
That RAM won't have a problem with that AMD build, not necessarily greatest choice for price though being 1333
Have a look at the xd Megalodon AMPLIFIED, I'm sure you can fit this $900 (in the US) build with x6 black ed, 8GB RAM, SSD, etc. into a $1200 budget in Canada with little modifications using Canadian shops, i.e. shopping off NCIX, using combo/sale deals (new sale on NCIX tonight!), and price matching [they ship across Canada or local pickup in Toronto = no shipping] unless you absolutely want Canadacomputers.
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