View Full Version : Computer Buying Help (Parts)

09-30-2007, 03:45 AM
Alright this is it, I've had the same comp for about 3 years now and I'm at the point financially where I have a shit load of money coming in with no expenses (thanks to my new job) so I'm looking at buying a new computer. However, I've been out of the loop too long on what's going on with current parts, whats good and whats not right now so I need a bit of advice.

I will not need things like monitors or keyboard/mouse just the comp itself w/ a case. I'm not into looks so I don't need a fancy case or neons are any shit like that. Just a plain black case maybe.

For the actual comp itself, I'm looking to buy the parts and build it myself. Don't need to pay an overpriced amount for a box already made when I can do it myself. As for where I'm buying it from: either, NCIX (http://www.ncix.com/index.php), Alinx (http://www.alinx.ca/) or any other Canadian company you can think of that ships to Vancouver.

-My Budget (approx: $1500-2000 Canadian I figure).
-Type of Comp I want: I am into games (not as much as I used to be) but I would still like a comp that can run games with semi-decent fps on high settings. As far as games are concerned I would be interested in running: CS : S, BF2(yes I know BF2142 is out but I like BF2 better), and possible some other new games.
-As for the HD, I don't need anything excessive probably around 320gb or if a 500gb hd is really cheap I'd be interested in it.

So yeah if you had the time to just help me out for a few minutes with some advice I would greatly appreciate it. Any more info you need feel free to Pm me or post in this thread. Thanks in advance.

09-30-2007, 08:28 AM
I buy all my pc parts from NCIX :D ...Since you're not going to be doing any hardcore gaming I'd go with a 8800GTS, probably a 640MB. My 320mb does great for CS:S/DOD:S and most other games though. Link to my card: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?tab=1&sku=22630

As for a HD, pick up a 320gb seagate, they're 93$ (OEM) from ncix. great drive for the price

Cases: eaither the antec nine hundred or the P182

One thing to make sure with the 900 though, keep it off the carpet cause the fans suck in so much dust it's not funny.

PSU: Definately go with a corsair, whatever power specification your heart desires.

Being that I'm not sure if it's better to go intel or AMD at the moment, I wont recommend a mobo/cpu/ram etc. the pros will take care of that.

09-30-2007, 09:13 AM
Thanks for the quickly reply LP. Yeah I was looking at the 8800GTS and 320gb for 93 bucks aint bad at all. My computer desk does have a shelf for the comp tower itself so keeping it off the carpet is not a problem. As for the CPU, ive always been an AMD fanboy. However, I'm not quite sure what's the best out there right now.

09-30-2007, 01:21 PM
As for the CPU, ive always been an AMD fanboy. However, I'm not quite sure what's the best out there right now.
Without doubt, Intel rules the roost these days.
AMD has not been competitive for over a year and doesn't seem likely to become so anytime soon.

Sad but true.

09-30-2007, 02:38 PM
Check out www.canadacomputers.com
They have a lot of incredible deals, great prices on RAM and HDD, even CPU's
GPU depends, but check them out.
Also $6.99 flatrate shipping :)

10-06-2007, 06:16 PM
Alright thanks everyone for the replies, sorry it's been awhile since I've posted more of what I want, but I've been working. Just need some more advice on this build, I've kind of narrowed it down somewhat.



-Do people think the Intel Q6600 Quad Core is overkill? But for 310.75 canadian it seems hard to beat.


-Would I be better off going with this Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core?

Video Card

-As per linkin park's suggestion, I think I'm going to go with the 8800 GTS unless someone can recommend better.

-What's a good brand for this vid card, because both XFX and EVGA have the same 320mb card (well obviously not exact same), and there's a $20 difference in price between them.


-Am I better off going with these 320mb models, or should I crank it up to the 640mb version.


-It's only 50-60 dollars more, but honestly I don't know which would be better.


-Here's where I need some serious help. I've been out of the loop too long, and I never really had a good grasp on what defined a good mobo. I'm not totally sure whether I want 2gb of ram or 4gb, but I guess it totally depends on what price I can find.


-This all depends on my mobo as well I guess. Theres so many different types of memory out there right now with different stats (lack of a better word): DDR2, PC3400 etc. etc. I really don't know much, or ever did about memory so I'm going to need some help.

-After doing a quick look at memory prices, I'm probably going to bump it up to 4gb. Since the average 2gb pack of memory (1gb x 2) is less or around 100 bucks, I might as well bump it up. Unless someone thinks it is very unnecessary.


-I don't need a lot of storage here, I've always liked Western Digital as a brand but as LP pointed out there this one for less than $100 bucks, which is probably more storage than I need.


-Not sure about the brand seagate but, I'm sure people will have opinions.


-It really depends on how much power people think I'm going to need with this build.

-Would this 620W PSU be enough

-Or should I bump it up to more. I really need some help on this category as well.


-The least important category for me. a

-This aluminum one is pretty cool but it might be even a bit plain for me. I definately don't want anything with a window or stuff like that (leds etc.)

Fan, Air Ventilation Etc.

-Heres where I'm the most clueless, what fans and other gear to get. I haven't got the slightest clue as to what fans I need and that to keep a comp cooled, so some major help in this category would be appreciated.

I think that just about takes care of all the parts, what I have found and need opinions on.. so once again I'm asking for peoples help and opinions. Thanks in advance.

10-07-2007, 02:53 AM
Seen the lack of even dual-core optimized programs the moment, the Quad is overkill. Besides, the 0.6 Ghz means a world of difference running current gen software.

For the video card, definite go for the 640mb version if you can afford it. 40-50$ for DOUBLE the memory...

A good mobo is required if you want to overclock or run SLI, however, if you don't plan on doing those things then the other parts take priority.

Memory go with 1x2GB. OCz, Cosair, Patriot, Kingtson all make good memory.

HD- 320GB is the sweet spot for now, although prices for 500GB ones have come down quite a bit.

PSU: Yes, that PSU should suffice.

Case, Fan etc etc: All down to your personal liking, largely dependent on if you want cool temps, or a quite comp, etc etc.

10-07-2007, 04:01 AM
It is a bit wierd that you dont need a lot of storage - being a member of fst ->high chave you are a "torrentor",dont you have to store the files you torrented to seed ?

Going for Dual Core or Quad Core does not matter as much as the stepping they are (make sure you get G0 stepping - the temp is way lower - so you can oc them)

Actually now is not a good time to buy a gfx card - 8800 gts might be bang for buck,but it also runs slowly on dx10,most ppl will go for a cheap dx9 but fairly powerful card and,upgrade when the next gen of cards are released

For memory - go with Kingston,it has the best compatilibty with all motherboards.

I think you cannot scrimp on the case,8800gts is hot,if a case is cheap - usually the number of fan slots are little and badly placed.

10-08-2007, 10:04 AM
Yo jordo, eVGA for sure, XFX can lick my balls

Looking good, I still cant believe AMD has gone down the shitter man, def. sucks.

10-08-2007, 12:04 PM
Yo jordo, eVGA for sure, XFX can lick my balls

Looking good, I still cant believe AMD has gone down the shitter man, def. sucks.

XFX wont "lick your balls". The only thing eVGA has on them is they're warranty program.

10-08-2007, 03:25 PM
-Not sure about the brand seagate but, I'm sure people will have opinions.Seagate makes great drives...I've had 2 for a while now and have never had any problems with them.

If you're getting that antec case, chances are you won't need to buy any more fans. They tend to come with adequate ventilation unless you're OC'ing or putting in a huge hd array, which you are not....:)

10-08-2007, 05:07 PM
Alright so after some more advice I was able to narrow down my list somewhat.


Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 3.0GHZ 1333FSB 4MB Retail


-At this point in time, the quad core does seem a little overkill.

Video Card:



-For the extra 60 bucks, might as well go with the 640mb version instead of the 320mb.



-This 320mb drive should be more than ample. Yes I a a bit torrenter as to someones question above. However, I don't really download "that" much, and what I do I share between my computer, my 200gb external HD, and my other 2 networked comps at home. I doubt I will ever need past 200gb.


ASUS has always treated me nice in the past with their mobo's, I'm nto sure what people's opinion is on them though. I really need help on this category, not sure what defines a good mobo or that.


Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E


-I'm more than happy with this choice, if people think it will suffice for my setup.


-I guess it all depends on my mobo, but that can be decided later. SOmewhere in the price range of 100-150.


Antec P180

-After reading lots of revies and looking at feedback on several sites (including this one) this case looks like it will do the trick. I actually changed my mind, and do like the looks of it now after seeing some closeups on Antec's Website.

Rough Tally For Now:

CPU: $330
Vid Card: $386
Hard-Drive $94
Mobo $150-200 (roughly)
PSU $165
RAM $150-200 (roughly)
Case $145

Sub-Total - - - - $1420 +/- $100

-How are computers taxes in Canada? and I might be able to get a better deal if I pay cash. Once I get my solid build which I'm close to, I'll shop it around to a few computer places as well. See what the best deal I can get is.

10-13-2007, 12:32 AM
So yeah all I need left on my comp is some help picking out the mobo. This here is the site I want to purchase from and the socket I need. Just need someone to help me out for a few minutes and suggest one


Thanks in advance.

10-13-2007, 12:52 AM
for example Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R?