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Old 03-01-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Another irritating Help Build My Computer thread!

So apparently using Boot Camp to put XP on your MacBook Pro breaks hard drives, so I've decided to build a separate machine. Plz no mac v windows argments plzkthx

Anyways... hoping to keep the budget around 1000 CAD (that is somewhat flexible). Since it's been about 9 years since I last built a PC I have ZERO idea what I'm doing at the moment. I don't have any prospective parts either as I'm just starting to look into this.

Advice received so far:

AMD CPU
AM3 motherboard from Asus or MSI
EVGA built nVidia video card

Please help add to this list. I can't go from NewEgg so I'm basing prices off tigerdirect.ca

Also: Should I bother buying a separate network card or should I be good with the on-board one?

Please suggest stuffs.

EDIT: Oh hey, there's a newegg.ca, never mind previous comment about newegg.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Plz no mac v windows argments plzkthx
I can't help much on this, but I can enforce that request for ya.

The only advice I can give you on the machine itself, is don't go higher than a Quad Core processor(most programs aren't optimised for even 4 cores, let alone more than that). Also, make sure you can expand your RAM to at least 8GB. You'll need a 64bit OS to take advantage of more than 4, but better to be overpowered than underpowered.

Speaking of that, go for a good Power Supply.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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Don't use tigerdirect unless you're perfectly happy waiting 2-3 weeks to get the parts shipped in.

http://www.directdial.com/ can have some awesome deals, and prices are pretty much the same, but will have stuff shipped to you within 1-3 days depending where the part comes from.

No comment on newegg as I haven't used it, but I've used tigerdirect and directdial, and directdial is far better.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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The built-in NIC should be fine.
While you only NEED 4gb of ram, 8gb helps if you plan on doing anything with heavy ram usage.

I don't know enough about AMD to give advice, but if I remember correctly, EVGA has fantastic support. Also, are you planning on a high-end GPU or 2 mid-end GPUs?

Lastly, install 64-bit Windows 7. At this point there is no good reason to install XP unless you need 16-bit software support that can't run via DOSbox.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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Here's where I'm at so far:

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...3&Tpk=WD20EURS
MB: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...=M4N98TD%20EVO
GPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...01G-P3-1373-AR
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817189017
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...X4GX3M1A1333C9
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...=HDZ955FBGMBOX
CASE: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811119196

Haven't decided on a CPU fan yet, apparently Zalman is good money.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:28 AM   #6
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Zalman is definitely my favorite. Get a nice copper heatsink/fan for like $35-$50 and u should be good.
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