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New Budget PC Sub $700

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May 10, 2009 7:12:53 PM

Hey guys, this is what I currently have,

Sapphire ATI HD 4830 512M DDR3 LITE HDMI DVI-I VGA PCI-E Retail
Price: $109.00
Availability: Usually Ships Within 1 to 3 business days
$109.00

G.SKILL DDR2 PC2 6400 4GBPQ
Price: $55.00
Availability: Usually Ships Directly from Manufacturer
$55.00

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L SKT775 INT P45+ICH 10 4D.DDR2-1200MHZ SATA,1600/1333 FSB, HD-AUDIO, LAN, ATX
Price: $112.00
Availability: Usually Ships Within 1 to 3 business days
$112.00

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - Hard drive - 500 GB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 16 MB
Price: $64.99
Availability: In Stock
$129.98

Cooler Master CM 690 Tower
Price: $96.99
Availability: Usually Ships Within 1 to 3 business days
$96.99

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 / 2.5 GHz ( 800 MHz ) - LGA775 Socket - L2 2 MB - Box
Price: $92.50
Availability: In Stock
$92.50

This is Canadian pricing so it will seem a bit high by your standards. I will be buying this week from infonec.com. My computer will be used mainly for gaming, internet surfing, but nothing too trivial. Also, I don't need it to run the latest games at full specs, just something that I could play Sims 3 and some oldies too like Battlefield 2 and such. However, how future proof is this? I am re-using a OCZ GameXStream 600 watt power supply and I do not need a keyboard, speakers, mouse, or monitor.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: CAD Close to $700, tax included

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, music, surfing and downloading

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,power supply)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: infonec.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING:Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (right now 1280x1024)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: How is this going to do overclocking on the stock CPU cooler? Any decent, worth it results?

Let me know what you guys think
Thanks in advance
177ine

Thanks in advance

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May 10, 2009 7:22:35 PM

The build looks good, except I wouldn't go with that HDD. WD6401AALS is probably the best option there.

On the stock cooler you can get to about 3.2ghz or so without getting too high temps, but any higher than that and you will want an aftermarket cooler.
May 10, 2009 7:50:30 PM

bump. Hey kid I messep up. See private messages.
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May 13, 2009 6:02:38 AM

So I just found out that motherboard doesn't support Raid, so therefore, what do you guys think of swapping out the two hard drives for just one of the WD's recommended earlier?
May 13, 2009 6:11:44 AM

I also have an old st3320620as (Seagate 320gb 7200.10) in my old system. Would putting this in my new system for just storage slow down my system?
May 13, 2009 6:18:55 AM

Sorry for all the questions guys. Came up with an alternate system too using AMD instead of Intel. Which one would be better?

1 443136 HDZ720WFGIBOX AMD Black Edition - Processor - 1 x AMD Phenom II X3 720 / 2.8 GHz - Socket AM3 - L3 6 MB - Box $169.99 $169.99
1 444193 GI-GAMA79X-UD4P GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3 4DDR2 2PCI/3PCI-E X1/2PCI-EX16 SATA,RAID,1394,GBLAN ATX $133.00 $133.00
1 351496 RC-690 Cooler Master CM 690 Tower $96.99 $96.99
1 443637 100265HDMI Sapphire ATI HD 4830 512M DDR3 LITE HDMI DVI-I VGA PCI-E Retail $103.00 $103.00
1 352966 F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ G.SKILL DDR2 PC2 6400 4GBPQ $55.00 $55.00
1 438242 WD6401AALS WESTERN DIGITAL 640GB Black Edition SATA 3GB S DESKTOP STORAGE 7200RPM 32MB CACHE $89.99 $89.99
Total: $647.97
May 13, 2009 6:24:50 AM

That second build is much better than the first. The old hard drive will not slow down your computer as long as you aren't trying to read/write something from it.
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