Budget AMD rig 500-650.00$CAD

Hello guys,

A friend of mine who isn't too familiar with components is looking to build a new computer. I'll post the information asked in the sticky and the parts that I think would bring the most bang for buck. Any and all suggestions are welcome :P

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: N/A - He can wait a few weeks it's np.

BUDGET RANGE: 500.00$ to 650.00$ish CAD range

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, will probably never watch movies on the rig

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, may reuse WinXP for a while

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.COM (awesome service and pricematch!) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: He's stated he prefers AMD/Geforce, but I think a Radeon wouldn't be a problem as they seem very good for budget rigs.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm pretty much looking for the most out of the money. Don't need any fancy stuff like Xfire or SLI enabled on mobo, just on-board sound is good. CPU wise, a good dual core is more then enough. I figure it's best for him to get a good dual then a mediocre quad, correct me if I'm wrong


Current ideas part wise:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1G - 98.99$

Mobo: Clueless

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5770 - 179.99$
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5750 - 149.59$

PSU: Antec Earthwatts Green 500W - 71.38$

HD:Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 59.97$

Case: Antec 200 Gaming - 44.05$

Ram: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5C - 104.12$

Total: $558.50 w/ 5770
Total: $528.10 w/ 5750


Starting to get close to my budget limit, I may switch out the 5770 for a 5750 depending on the price/performance, still need to do a bit of research.

Any comments on this current setup or ideas on a motherboard?

Thanks
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  1. here is a mobo, http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130228 notice that your current mem selection doesn't match the mobo, so take this memory instead: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227346
    now you are still within the budget with a excellent build with the 5770
  2. Good start but here are some improvements. (Prices taken from Newegg.ca since you can price match it! ...hopefully)

    AMD Athlon II x3 435 $83.99 (much better even if it is clocked slower since you will not overclock)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724&cm_re=435-_-19-103-724-_-Product

    Gigabyte 770 with USB3 support ($99.99)
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=50567&vpn=GA-770T-USB3&manufacture=Gigabyte

    G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 ($112.49)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=4gb_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-277-_-Product

    Antec Sonata III Case w/ 500W PSU
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=013961&cid=CAS.664

    NCIX doesn't have Samsung F3 500GB so...
    Seagate 500GB 7200.12 ($54.99) (faster than the Hard drive you listed)
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=36050&vpn=ST3500418AS&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1139
  3. Hey where do you live?
    Try checking out this website. www.lucomputers.com
    I am in Toronto and i buy from there.
    Go for x4 620
    And XFX is and amazing brand.
  4. Thanks for all the replies guys

    I noticed I was suggested a triple and quad core, would a lower grade 3/4 core really outperform a higher-end dual?
  5. A 3 or 4 core CPU will definitely outperform a higher clocked dual core as long as the game (or program) is coded to handle multiple cores. Don't worry many of today's games are optimized for multi-core CPUs, its just the older games that rely heavily on speed.

    Take a look at Tom's slightly old but still informative article on this. I've linked it to the gaming section but feel free to look at the other sections.
    How Many Cores Do You Really Need?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-cores-performance,2373-9.html
  6. Looks like your preferred website/supplier is well stocked . . .

    What software tools will you be using ? I would like to research "System Requirements."

    I can already tell you you are going to want a socket 1366 system (desktop or workstation) and one (or two) of these processors.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117213&cm_re=socket_1366_processor-_-19-117-213-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=socket_1366_processor-_-19-115-202-_-Product

    I am a little worried that (given your "black box" statement, you may not possess the skills (confidence?) to properly seat the cpu(s) and apply the correct coat of thermal paste, etc. If you want to try, we will coach you but this is an expensive build, which you are proposing.

    We just finished a Perfect Build" yesterday and it was approved by two of our most able and experienced members. I can postr that link, once I'm sure what direction you are headedwith this build.

    Listen (especially) to those members who show an "addict" rating, under their photo/avitar ... they have seen it all, many times.

    = Best of Luck to You, Sir ! =
  7. Wooops! I thought this was the CAD thread ... think I posted in the wrong thread.

    = Doh! =
  8. Wow, I'm building a similar PC, similar budget, and I'm here in Canada too. My name is even Steve, if you can believe that.

    I've already tuned my build based on the responses you've gathered, and may not even need to post, heh.

    Here's the Antec Sonata w/ 500W PSU for $113.99
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=24294&promoid=1139
  9. I just read an article that stated a 57x0 is a big step down from a 5850, performance-wise ... Any benchmark fans out there to confirm or clarify?

    =
  10. selimevets said:
    Wow, I'm building a similar PC, similar budget, and I'm here in Canada too. My name is even Steve, if you can believe that.

    I've already tuned my build based on the responses you've gathered, and may not even need to post, heh.

    Here's the Antec Sonata w/ 500W PSU for $113.99
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=24294&promoid=1139


    If you're planning to buy from NCIX.com - use shopbot.ca to find easy price matching as opposed to using google, few bucks here and there can save a lot of money!
  11. selimevets wrote :


    Wow, I'm building a similar PC, similar budget, and I'm here in Canada too. My name is even Steve, if you can believe that.

    *******************************************

    Oh, I definately have no problem believing that.

    = Al =
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