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How is my new computer? could use some comments/sugggestions

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November 1, 2009 10:41:58 PM

my budget is ~$300 canadian dollars (trying to keep it as low as i can without giving up too much)

planning to pick up soon:

Asus M3A78-EM Amd 780G Matx AM2+ PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI Sata Hdmi Video Sound Gblan 1394 Motherboard


Western Digital WD15EADS Caviar Green 1.5TB Sata 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive Oem

G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK PC2-8500 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB Cache 65W Retail Box

the rest of the parts i already have

the PC is mainly going to be used for internet browsing and watching 720p/1080p HD movies/videos on my harddrive or on youtube

so, any comments? i was thinking i would be set for the time being and maybe in two/three years if i needed something more i could pick up some DDR2 RAM (possibly used, since DDR3 seems to be the norm now) and maybe a PCIe video card and a SSD drive and OC the CPU.

and one last thing, should i make the purchase this week or wait a bit more longer and hope for some pre-christmas sales/price drops in the next two months?:

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November 2, 2009 12:40:11 AM

Look for the Athlon II X4 620 or Athlon II X3 435, both are too much better that the Athlon II X2 240
November 2, 2009 12:41:50 AM

never been to canada but if the term "Black Friday" rings a bell...I wld wait til then my friend...

if it doesn''s the friday or next day after thanksgiving...BIG SAVINGS!!!...long lines though...unless you buy from internet
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November 2, 2009 1:09:08 AM

unfortunately we don't have black friday here in canada :cry:  nor are computer parts as low priced as in the US

what would be the advantage of moving to triple core or quad core? i mentioned earlier that i mainly use firefox, so maybe watching a HD movie and running firefox at the same time can't be that CPU intensive?

here are the list of programs i usually run

windows (btw, i don't have aero on for my current system (old laptop), does aero take up a lot of resources in windows 7?
kaspersky internet security
firefox (possibly 30 to 100 windows open)
ms word
ms excel
mp3 player
HD 720p/1080p movies, MKV format (i dont have a bluray drive)
HD on youtube

(maybe getting a HD TV tuner in the near future)

is dual core fine for the above set up OK? i could always do a little OC on the Athlon II X2 240 if needed. i'm just not sure if i require a triple/quad core CPU for what i do.
November 2, 2009 1:11:25 AM

a dual core fits your needs, you don't need triple/quad because you are just watching movies, browsing the net...not cpu intensive.

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November 2, 2009 1:28:28 AM

The difference between a dual core and a tri core on ncix is $15 ca.

I couldn't get your link to work so I'm not sure of the prices on that site.

You possibly don't need more than dual core..but in the long run I think 3-4 cores it worth it if you can squeeze it into your budget for longevity.
X3 425 $91

MSI 785G $83 (78 w/ $5 MIR)
November 10, 2009 6:35:35 PM

i went with the triple core and 4gb of ram

everything works great