$500 - $600 CAD Budget for a gaming PC

Iam looking towards on building a new gaming PC within this month if not the next month. The parts doesn't have to be high end, just enough so that i can play modern games. I am in Canada so if anyone is willing to help fix my list, please do. I actually dont know much about recent parts that are recommended within that $500-$600 so please feel free to leave your message. Please and Thank You! Would prefer to be CAD prices.

Budget Range Preferred from $500 - $600 CAD (Can be before or after mail-in-rebates) Or Maximum of $700 if that's a hard price to work with.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and more gaming and minor video editing.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 22" inch Monitor so 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 would be fine

Preferred Sites:
Or other Canadian sites

Video Card:
MSI 4850 - $178

Unknown. I also dont know which to get between Intel or AMD.

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

Hard drive:
I want around 1T HD. Or somewhere between 500 GB to 1T is fine too.

4GB Corsair DDR2 800 - $105

DVD Drive:
Sony DVD/CD drive - $31

Power Supply:
OCZ 550w - $80

PC Case:
Raidmax Hurricane case - $40
Is optional, it doesn't have to be included if budget is too tight or hard to work with then leave it out.

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

Thank you!
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    Nice to see that you have followed the format but please tell fill out the rest like do you overclocking plans & monitor resolution...

    Assuming you do not have overclocking plans or crossfire/SLI plans...
    AMD Athlon II 250 x 2 - 70.99
    AMD Athlon 435 x 3 - 83.99


    Gigabyte AM3 785 UD2H Micro-ATX - 99.99

    RAM: (DDR3 for future purpose plus not that much more expensive than DDR2)
    G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 - 110.49

    Sapphire 5750 Vapor-X - 149.99
    Sapphire 4850 - 112.99 (performs about same as 5750 but doesn't have DX11 but shouldn't be a big deal until like 2011)

    PSU: (Better quality power supply a must)
    Antec Earthwatts 650W - 89.99

    Hard Drive:
    Samsung F3 1TB - 99.99
    Seagate 7200.12 500GB
    1TB version - 99.99

    I strongly recommend you look up better prices for the parts above at:
    or compare with CanadaComputer or any other local walk-in stores to reduce shipping/handling costs.
  2. Ok thanks for the info and ill include those things right now. I didn't think i would need to write it in :)
    Btw would it be a good idea to include the combo deal for the follow and which one would be better?

    AMD Athlon II 250 x 2 - 70.99

    BIOSTAR TA785G3HD AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    Total of: 150

    AMD Athlon 435 x 3 - 83.99

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

    Total of: 196

  3. Alright with the new information, I would say stick with the original motherboard I suggested but you can go with Biostar. It's just that Biostar is a budget brand and I have not had much if any experience with them but I know that Gigabyte or Asus are top tier brands.

    I'm also going to say no to that Asus 790X too even though I did say Asus was a top brand. It is just that the 790X chipset allows you to crossfire which explains the price increase from other boards. Plus you now specified that you will not be crossfiring so it would be a waste of money.

    My board will allow only one GPU and no crossfire so I think this is a perfect match for you as you aren't paying for extra stuff you may not need.

    PS. Just a reminder I hope you look around and use PriceCanada with this tight of a budget since I use as a reference since they usually have a wider selection of parts.

    For example a quick search on PriceCanada on that motherboard I suggested gives me:
    This tells me that NCIX is selling this at a bargain for 88.58
    (Please note with the link in PriceCanada to CanadaComputers is wrong since they link to the AM2+ version and NOT the AM3. AM3 = DDR3, AM2+ = DDR2)
    Actual link to CC: @ 89.99 w/o promotional cash price (plus no hidden shipping costs!)

    Something I found interesting at CanadaCOmputer though is:
    Gigabyte USB3 770 AM3 ATX - 84.99
    Basically the 770 removes the integrated graphics that the 785 had and also only supports one GPU. Plus this is a special version that has 2 USB3 ports I believe.

    Just goes to show what a little extra searching can turn up! Happy shopping!:)
  4. Bump! Anyone else would like to give me another type of build please? Thanks :)
  5. Best answer selected by AzN_Doomstay.
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