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$300-400 Canadian First time Build, unknown when build will be, maybe July or August

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June 4, 2013 8:22:25 AM

Hi, I was Planning on doing a DIY Computer build for the first time instead of buying a off the shelf computer, I was wondering if anyone here can give their opinions on it and help me choose parts. my budget is $300-400, I plan on getting some used part's from the Local Classifieds (http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/ ) to build it with for cheap. never picked anything up yet but this is what i could get:
AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad Core + Cooler master 212+ Cooler + some Ceramic Thermal Paste for $60
OCZ 700W PSU + 8GB Set of Kingston HyperX 1600MHz DDR3 Ram + Seagate 500GB HDD for a 24 of Brava (~$33-35 after Taxes)
EVGA Nvidia 560 Ti 2GB for $150 off Kijiji: http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-computer-acce...
Antec P180 Case with 2 Year old Thermaltake 550W PSU for $30 off Kijiji (if I get it, I plan on selling the 2 year old Thermaltake 550W and using the OCZ 700W): http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-computer-acce...
also plan on using the 2.5" 500GB (5400RPM I think?) from my Laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium, FSX, MWO and other games already installed on it.
Not 100% on what Mobo yet, must be AM3+ socket though for the FX-4100, was told to go with something with SATA 3 (6GB/s) for when if I go and get a SSD or high end HDD Later on, with that in mind a Budget Mobo with AM3+ Socket and SATA 3 on it would be $79+Tax after $10 MIR from ASUS for the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
for $85 I could get the MSI 970A-G46: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... or the Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 (After $10 MIR): http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

it will be used for FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator X), MWO (MechWarrior Online), WoW(World of Warcraft), LoL(League of Legends), Maybe some other games i.e Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program, Faster Than Light, Doom 3, Halo, Would also be used for surfing the internet, looking things up and watching videos on Youtube

Leaning towards the MSI 970A-G46 for Mobo, anyone have thoughts or reviews on the Mobo for me to look at?
June 4, 2013 8:45:49 AM

at your price range an APU will make the most sense.

Because you'll need to get a gpu to work with the FX 4100... and that will blow your budget up. here is an APU build at 400 canadian.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M PRO Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($91.73 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $418.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 11:45 EDT-0400)

I would look into (down the road) grabbing a cpu cooler... but on the whole this system will treat you well at 720p gaming.
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