Help build me a $400-$500 (Canadian) amd system for my Aunt

My aunt just needs a basic system that can do capable video. Can you guys throw together a good system within that price range including monitor? I'd be putting it together for her, unless you can recommend a prebuilt.

5 answers Last reply
More about help build canadian system aunt
  1. Where do you want to get the parts from? Newegg canada and are there any parts that you can pull from an old system like a dvd drive or anything?
  2. Lets see if it's even possible. (parts are from Newegg, and in US$)

    $20 Rosewill mATX case
    $36 Thermaltake 430W
    $50 ASRock A780GMH (open box)(good onboard GFX)
    $60 AM2 7750
    $23 Wintec DDR2 800 2x1GB
    $40 WD1600AAJS 160GB
    $25 HP 22x DVD R/RW
    $83 Hanns-G HW-191DPB 19" (Open box)

    Total no OS: $337 + S&H (not counting MIR, or combo/specials)
  3. parts coming from older system, this is a totally new build and yes I was thinking
  4. My only issues are with the CPU, PSU, and HDD. Everything else is fine. The CPU is a deactivated quad, meaning it failed stress testing with those two deactivated cores. Meaning the batch of Silicon probably wasnt as good. Whatsmore it still uses as much power as a quad core despite having only two functional cores. Either save $10 and get an actual 64x2 (They dont have L3 cache), or drop $30 more on a real quad. (Ive had fantastic overclocking results with the Phenom 9600 which i know is A-typical, its just always been a solid performer.) Second, Thermaltake makes Heatsinks and fans. Not PSUs. What youve got is third rate, Logisys is an unrecognized brand, but the reviews speak for themselves. 575w, 2x pci-e connectors, etc. If youve got the guts to overclock it yourself for her, id grab the 790gx as the new northbridge allowed the system to be pushed further. Also for $15 more you can get 3x as much storage space. 500Gb is the sweet spot at the moment. And the 7200.12 fixed old firmware issues and is wicked fast.
    ^^^ PSU
    ^^^ CPU
    ^^^ HDD

    Edit: Apparently the motheboard is deactivated. Also, drop another $20 on 2 more Gb's of RAM. It'll let your system cache alot more than it would otherwise, but remember to get a 64bit OS also.
    ^^^ Geforce board for better linux driver support.
    ^^^ a little more expensive, but performs well and allows you to keep 2 RAM slots open for later upgrades. Also 4Gb
  5. Dont get a random ass PSU especially one that admits on the back sticker that it is only rated for 450Watts of power,
    A bit more but will actually end up providing you even more power than the other one if necessary.
Ask a new question

Read More

Build AMD Systems Product