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First Attempt at a Budget Beast

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September 28, 2009 2:58:57 AM

Date of Purchase: As soon as possible. Hopefully within the next week or so.

Budget: $600 CAD - $800 CAD.

Usage: Multi-tasking, music, movies, web design, graphics design, and some casual gaming.

Preferred Retailer: None to be honest. For the purpose of this project I have referred to; however, I am open to other sources.

Brand Preference: Again, none really. I stuck with AMD as I am comfortable with it; however I'll take whatever provides the best results at the best price.

Overclocking: Option is there, but not a primary concern by any means.

Ultimately I am trying to piece together a system for regular usage. In addition I am looking to purchase an LCD or plasma television (around 30 inch - unless of course something bigger is available in my budget), and a home theatre system. Total budget is roughly $1,300 CAD.

If $100 CAD - $200 CAD could be reduced from this system without sacrificing too much functionality I would be all for it!

Motherboard and CPU Combo
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail


GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Combo Price: $190.99

XCLIO Coolbox Advanced Fully Black Finish 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Price: $69.99

Video Card
BFG Tech BFGE98512GTGE GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Price: $118.49

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

Price: $71.49

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Price: $63.99

Power Supply
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS600-PCARE3-US 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail

Price: $74.99

Disk Drive
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

Price: $34.99

Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech EX 110 Black USB or PS/2 Cordless Standard Cordless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse Kit - Retail

Price: $37.49

Shipping: $43.84
Taxes, Handling, and Fees: $87.35

Grand Total: $793.61

This leaves me about $500 CAD to pick up a decent sized television and surround sound system. I am open to maintaining the firepower here and reducing the price, or increasing the power of this machine at the same price - should anyone notice the opportunity with a change in parts. Thanks in advance for any help provided!

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September 28, 2009 12:16:45 PM

You could get just one video card instead of two.
Add in your keyboard and mouse.
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September 28, 2009 11:13:43 PM

To be perfectly honest, that was the inspiration of this project, and one of my fallback options should this current system be labelled a terrible idea. Would the thought of a single Radeon as in that budget PC work with a casual gamer? I'd be looking to play games such as CoD, UT3, etc. Not any of the high, high end games like Crysis, but still would require some video performance.

I am also open to all other suggestions. Hoping to hear more from the community. Thanks so far!
September 28, 2009 11:18:00 PM

seems all good to me!