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December 2, 2009 10:56:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within couple weeks or a month
BUDGET RANGE: <500 Before Rebates around 400 would be great
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: light Gaming, surfing, watching / downloading movies, multi-tasking
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have: Keyboard, Mouse, LCD Screen
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg? dont really matter as lnog as reliable
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CANADA
OVERCLOCKING: prob not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Radeon HD 4770 512MB


ASRock M3A770DE


Not Sure about cpu 2x or 3x originaly i was thinking just take a cheap 2x but is it good enough?

Memory getting cheap donno if i should get 2 or just 4 gig (i wan 4 but im getting cheap)

i would like atleast 250 hd

ppowersupply no idea

thats about what i was thinking that i remmeber would appreciate anyones help thx thx
December 3, 2009 4:07:10 AM

choices seems cool only thing is isnt power supply a bit weak ? or cuz i dont need much
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a b 4 Gaming
December 3, 2009 4:17:12 AM

^Yes...you wouldnt require more power...The HD 4770 doesnt consume much power at all...
The EA 380 is a Bronze certied PSU, which is say equivalent to a low quality 500W PSU but still far better in terms of Quality...

But if you are still concerned about it or you might get a more powerful graphics card like the HD 4870/ 4890/ HD 58xx series, then get this Case + PSU
A good quality case with a very good PSU...but would cost more though...

Or this...
PSU
OCZ 500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 before shipping | $80 After reabtes not including shipping...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 3, 2009 6:33:58 AM

Dam This *** adds up so much more in Canadian money dam :D  i might back down :\
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a b 4 Gaming
December 3, 2009 6:54:57 AM

^ The change the CPU to the X2 240 and for now get 2x1GB RAM(Though 4GB would be a good option)
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December 3, 2009 8:39:36 AM

im not sure i can find the asrock motherboard in canada

What would be a good alternative?

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P ?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 3, 2009 8:52:44 AM

^ Yes...that is a very good option...
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December 3, 2009 2:56:18 PM

Hate to be the one to bring this up, but why no OCing? This is the budget range where you can see insane benefits from it.
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December 3, 2009 4:30:05 PM

because this is my first build and im still noob so i dont want to complecate things
and simply cuz theres not much use to it cuz im not doing anything that requires so much

just want to build decent cheap comp since my old comp is really really old
i guess i will have to wait a bit for holiday sales to buy it a bit cheaper
pity i missed the black friday made my mind too late :( 
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December 14, 2009 3:13:59 AM

A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) $96.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 $58.99 CAD
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&vpn=TH...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W $42.53
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13220AC0017

AMD Athlon II X2 240 $65.09
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD0569

Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P $86.67
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD2703

Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS 3.5IN NCQ Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty $59.62
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR9550

This is my latest build in mind... What you guys think?
I got a few questions..
Since i live in canada its kinda hard to find the samsung spinpoint so i wanted to ask yall what would be a good alternative? i saw alot WD HD blue green black dont know whats all the big diff?? what u guys suggest ? i chose one donno if its good ?
And is it ok to buy it OEM or should i be better finding a retail one?

Also if i wanted to reduce cost could i buy slow rams like ddr 800 ? or u guys think its not worth it? i rather stick with these good ones?

Im feeling kinda wierd for being so cheap on the processor? what you guys think? does it relly matter?


Forgot to add teh video card

XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 $120.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Im considering the 4670 since its cheaper what you guys think? is this card version worth it with the better fan then the other 4770 cheap ones ?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 14, 2009 4:48:03 AM

^ That is good...
As for your questions.,
HDD - Go with the Seagate 7200.12 500GB drives...they have similar performance as the Samsung and are pretty good...

RAM - It is a DDR3 and not DDR2 RAM...So going below 1333MHz speed is not advisable(though you can get a DDR1066MHz CAS 7)

CPU - if you feel that CPU might be weak(but not actually is weak thogh), get the X3 425...It is a Tri-Core, and performs very well...

Graphics card - For your resolution, a more powerful card is better, but if you dont game frequently and dont bother turning down the settings to low, to get smoother gameplay, then get the HD 4670...Here is a very good card at a good price...
Price valid till Dec 15...so hurry...
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=44972&vpn=AX...

And as for that HD 4770, you get better warranty with XFX...
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December 14, 2009 3:32:37 PM

thx alot for your help i really appreciate it
one more thing though :D 

Do you think i would get significant rebate if i wait for christmas or boxing day ? or as low as it is it wont change much ?

This shud be good ?
Lg GH22NS50 Black 22X Sata Dvd Writer Oem
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12600DR0061&v...
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a b 4 Gaming
December 15, 2009 1:37:24 AM

^ The DVD is fine...
And as for rebates and discounts, you might get good offers near to Christmas...
There were very good offers during Black Friday...so you can expect atleast some during Christmas...
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