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Counter suggestion about my 500$ build?

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January 28, 2010 9:59:34 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: February 2010

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Everything: Gaming, Photoshop, windows, HD movie. Obviously for the gaming part, nothing crazy planed (500$ build after all)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, Mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com Ive been using this to price my stuff, but Im honestly going for the cheaper/best service.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada (Can I still order at newegg.com? it happens to be cheaper)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I went for AMD : Better price/performance ratio from what Ive been reading here (I have been reading THs, for the past days.)

OVERCLOCKING: No, possibility of crossfire desired.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

Here is what I have plan to buy:
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $95.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill TU-155 II 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply - Retail $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Open Box: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard $87.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want possible cross-fire + adding some memory later on, those were my spec to chose my MoBo.

OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I havent selected the HD yet, but Im not looking for anything fancy, any suggestion? Same thing for a DVD burner, or maybe a Cheap Blu-Ray Reader. I already spent: $383.95 without tax, shipment and in US. If I put the tax at 15%, in Canadian dollar (500$ budget is in CAD), it gives 470.68CAD$ without shipments. For those part, I would say the budget is overall okay (Im not looking to pay less then this for those parts).

I welcome any advice, but my questions is really: Is my system balanced? Do I overkill something, but overlook something else?

January 29, 2010 1:00:49 AM

newegg.com won't ship to Canada, mate, you gotta use .ca

I know it sucks :( 
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January 29, 2010 1:12:54 AM

Wtf... if I buy it in Canada it adds up to 468.50$cad vs 383.95us*1.066=409.29us. Anyone know a way to get around it?


What about the build?
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January 29, 2010 4:01:04 PM

Anyone can comment please?
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