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$500-600 Budget for a gaming PC

Iam looking towards on building a new PC within the next few months or so. The reason is cause i want to be able to play Starcraft 2 when it comes out as well as other games as well. I am in Canada so if anyone is willing to help fix my list, please do. But i only picked out some parts so if anyone will be so kind to help me find parts for me, i would be grateful too. And if I am missing any parts, please include it for me please. Thanks! :)

Budget Range from $500-600 or cheaper.

Video Card:
$49.99
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4550 600MHZ 512MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E16 VGA DVI-I HDMI HDCP Out Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34812&promoid=1217

Power Supply:
$79.99
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology

CPU: Unknown. I actually dont know what will be better AMD or Intel.

Case: Can probably buy at a local PC store or somewhere online for about $50-100

MotherBoard: Unknown. I also dont know which brand is good for a gaming PC.

RAM: Around 1GB or more depending on how much i need for this PC.

Hard Drive:
$109.25
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37232&vpn=ST31000528AS&manufacture=Seagate
I want around 1T HD.

Parts and other stuff that are not needed:
Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, sound card, printer, Ethernet card, OS

Or i have this one thats about $350 which is way below my budget, here are the specs :
Acer AM3800-U3802A Intel E5200 2.5Ghz
4GB DDR3 Memory
640GB SATA II HDD
Intel X4500 Graphics w/ HDMI
DVD�R/RW Drive
Card Reader
7.1 CH HD Audio
GigaLAN
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=026417&cid=DPC.405
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  1. The following build comes to about $550 before taxes and after rebates and mail in rebates

    CPU: Athlon IIx2 2.8GHz
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=025110&cid=CPU.907

    Graphics: Radeon 4850 1GB
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=023994&cid=VDC.243.272

    motherboard: Asus AM3
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=024886&cid=MBD.486

    RAM: Mushkin 2x2GB
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=019859&cid=RAM.346.983

    Hard drive: Western Digital blue 500GB
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010671&cid=HDD.443.877

    Case: Antec Three Hundred
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=018460&cid=CAS.664

    Power Supply: OCZ 500W
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=016235&cid=PSU.731

    To play games you will need something better than the integrated x4500 that comes with the $350 build

    AMD is typically better for processors under the $150 price and competing well between $150-200.

    If you want to game under $600 canadian this is the kind of build you want. You don't need a 700W PSU for something like this. The technology is up to date so it will be good for upgrading in the future and the board supports crossfire if you ever decide to get a second radeon 4850. I don't know much about starcraft but with this build you can play a lot of modern games on fairly high settings.
  2. aford10 said:
    This build comes to ~$610. It's not a real high end build, but it's better than what you have listed.

    Asus 785G/AMD x3 710 combo - $188
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.293460
    MSI 4850 - $124
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436
    Raidmax Hurricane case - $40
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156237
    OCZ 550w - $58
    4GB OCZ platinum DDR3 1333 - $89
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478
    Sony DVD/CD drive - $30
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030
    Seagate 750GB - $80

    you've gave him the wrong cpu+mb combo, here is a x2 550 be+ga http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.291555 at $201
  3. Thanks for catching that Daggs! It's now fixed.
    I was doing some editing and must've missed it.

    I thought about including the calisto, but I wanted the triple core over the dual, and it fit the budget better.
  4. aford10 said:
    Thanks for catching that Daggs! It's now fixed.
    I was doing some editing and must've missed it.

    I thought about including the calisto, but I wanted the triple core over the dual, and it fit the budget better.

    question is, does the 710 is better investment than the 550?
    also, notice that the mb is ddr2 and the mem is ddr3
  5. Wow...I'm embarrassed. When I switched the mobo in the build, I forgot to change the link, and the RAM. Once again, thanx Daggs. I should hire you as my proof reader :lol:

    I like the faster bus of the calisto, but a slight OC of the 710, and it's a level playing field with an extra core.
  6. aford10 said:
    Wow...I'm embarrassed. When I switched the mobo in the build, I forgot to change the link, and the RAM. Once again, thanx Daggs. I should hire you as my proof reader :lol:

    I like the faster bus of the calisto, but a slight OC of the 710, and it's a level playing field with an extra core.

    go ahead, I'm looking for a job... btw, the 710 isn't be while the 550 is, doesn't that gives the 550 better edge in oc?
  7. Oh sweet thanks you guys! :D So what would be the final list looks like cause iam confused lol xD!
  8. I don't blame you for being confused after the mess above. I've edited my original build post for the mistakes that I made. The calisto that daggs suggested is a nice CPU. If you go with his suggestion, you'll need to switch the RAM I suggested. Or you can go with the build I suggested. It's basically a triple core vs. dual core and the triple core has a slightly slower bus.
  9. Best answer
    aford10 said:
    This build comes to ~$608. It's not a real high end build, but it's better than what you have listed.

    Asus 785G/AMD x3 710 combo - $188
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.293394
    MSI 4850 - $124
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436
    Raidmax Hurricane case - $40
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156237
    OCZ 550w - $58
    4GB Corsair DDR2 800 - $88
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145241
    Sony DVD/CD drive - $30
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030
    Seagate 750GB - $80

    @aford10: Missing link for HD and PSU. Plus your CPU/MB combo link has 720BE not 710 (increase of like $30)

    Don't wanna confuse OP further but...
    you can switch out the motherboard/CPU for:
    Asus 785 AM2+/ AMD Athlon II x3 435 - $173.98
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.293380
    Definitely get ones of these HD's cause their faster,
    either: Samsung F3 500GB - $63.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product
    or
    Samsung F3 1TB (if you need more space/afford it) - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product
  10. Thanks Rokez, the hard drive and PSU links have been fixed.

    My original post has the correct link for the AMD 710. Originally I had it wrong and Daggs caught it, so it's incorrect in his reply to it.
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