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November 13, 2009 11:38:55 PM

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&promoi...

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=OC...

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=ST...
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...

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November 14, 2009 12:42:00 AM

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?Item...
MSI 4850 - $124
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Raidmax Hurricane case - $40
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
OCZ 550w - $58
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
4GB Corsair DDR2 800 - $88
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Sony DVD/CD drive - $30
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Seagate 750GB - $80
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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November 14, 2009 12:52:14 AM

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...

Graphics: Radeon 4850 1GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

motherboard: Asus AM3
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

RAM: Mushkin 2x2GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

Hard drive: Western Digital blue 500GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

Case: Antec Three Hundred
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

Power Supply: OCZ 500W
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct...

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.
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November 14, 2009 4:30:04 AM

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?Item...
MSI 4850 - $124
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Raidmax Hurricane case - $40
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
OCZ 550w - $58
4GB OCZ platinum DDR3 1333 - $89
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Sony DVD/CD drive - $30
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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?Item... at $201
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November 14, 2009 4:37:57 AM

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.
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November 14, 2009 7:23:35 AM

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
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November 14, 2009 1:04:19 PM

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.
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November 14, 2009 2:39:05 PM

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?
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November 14, 2009 5:19:50 PM

Oh sweet thanks you guys! :D  So what would be the final list looks like cause iam confused lol xD!
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November 15, 2009 12:16:16 AM

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.
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November 15, 2009 12:39:26 AM

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?Item...
MSI 4850 - $124
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Raidmax Hurricane case - $40
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
OCZ 550w - $58
4GB Corsair DDR2 800 - $88
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Sony DVD/CD drive - $30
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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?Item...
Definitely get ones of these HD's cause their faster,
either: Samsung F3 500GB - $63.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
or
Samsung F3 1TB (if you need more space/afford it) - $89.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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November 15, 2009 1:00:48 AM

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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