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Building a New Computer for the first time

Hi Everyone,

I will be building a new desktop computer soon. I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and my university actually offers Windows 7 for free legally.

I want my computer to do a bit of gaming because I do play WoW, and it is important that I don't lag at all.

Anyways, here are the parts I am thinking of from (Yes I am canadaian)

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM - $29.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $59.99
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $59.99

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $132.99

XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail -$181.99

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" ... - Retail - $87.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail - $110.49

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail - $183.00

Please check if these parts are compatible and if anything else I am missing to build the computer. Like I said, I have the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS already. All $ stated at in CDN dollars.

Thanks for your help


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your 1st build...

should always contain components that are upgradable and of good quality; some components displayed can be upgraded, while others (eg: the PSU), might be stressed from the get-go.
Not knowing fully what your budget is I can only offer up some options on the current list of components you have listed (based on: User Reviews, Price, Upgradability, Quality).

1)PSU ($75-$100, over 500 watts, Brandname, User Reviews):

2)Hard-Drive ($$50-$75, Speed, 5 year warranty, User reviews):

3)Computer Case (this is strictly a personal choice; but imagine getting what you thought was a bargain price for a decent case, only to find it's a total nightmare to install the components into. Here's a variety of mid-tower cases in the $75-$100 range, that have good-great reviews):
1) COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
3) Antec Three Hundred
4) LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W
5) COOLER MASTER Gladiator 600 RC

All links selected are in Canadian dollars (CAD).
If you post whether you're in Eastern or Western Canada, I'll be able to provide more links for products available in that region...being a Canuck myself.

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Thanks for the reply.

I chose the case because my friend has one and he said its really easy to use actually.

I agree with the PSU, alot of reviews and other peeps recommend me to get a 700 W powersupply

my budget is 1000 bucks (with taxes and shipping). ofc going over a few wont be a problem.

thanks for the response. but you reckon all the other parts will "fit". I dont wanna buy anything that end up not compatible with each oether >.<

I am from Toronto Canada btw. Happy

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As far as I can see; all of the components are compatable...

except I just read a review of the motherboard at, here's a brief excerpt:
"Cons: PLEASE READ: I've never given out a one egg before. Most of the time I think it's childish and you get reviews like "Did not POST, DOA, etc.", that make you want to flag the review as not being helpful. **This is very important** As of this past month (11/07), AMD released new revisions to their top line of processors (starting with the 965 125w). DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOARD WITH THAT (OR ANY OTHER C3) PROCESSOR. AMD supports these chips in the most current version of the BIOS (v.2002). However, in order to flash your BIOS, you have to have another AM3 processor. The board will NOT boot at all with these new processors. This should be fixed in the next 6 months for this board. I say 6 months for the fact that it takes about that time for the new BIOS to be implemented into current shipments."

Maybe consider this board: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe (while expensive, if I were upgrading my AMD system, I would definitely choose this board)

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Thanks for your reply again.

I am not very tech savvy. From reading the comment, I am a little confused. So is the commentator saying that this Motherboard will not boot up with the processor that I selected? O_O

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another retailer to consider...

even though you live in Eastern Canada; there is another retailer that has a superb 'extended' warranty program, here is an explanation of their "IPR Plan"

IPR FAQ:"I ordered online in Canada and there isn?t a local Memory Express, how can I use IPR?
For online customers in Canada that live out of town or in cities where there is not a local Memory Express, Memory Express will pay shipping to send you a replacement product after receiving and confirming the product is defective. Memory Express will also reimburse you for the shipping of the defective product after it is received and confirmed defective."

All my components (in all the computers I have built) have been covered by this plan; it is without doubt, the best, and least expensive plan out there.
I have had an early model CPU from AMD kill all my main components; luckily I had everything covered by this IPR Plan, and the store replaced all the components for free, and if they didn't have an exact match for a component, they upgraded that component to the next level.

Example: Asus M4A79T Deluxe
With the 2 yr. IPR Replacement Plan, this board is $20 cheaper than the same listed on
I have yet to find a computer parts retailer (in Canada) with a better warranty program.

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