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My cousins birthday present

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April 15, 2010 11:48:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week- 1 month BUDGET RANGE: $600(CAN) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Casual Gaming (mid- low), Streaming videos, web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse, OS( il pick up a copy of 7 later)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, ncix.com.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid tower

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am building a system for my cousin. He mainly just streams anime and videos online, along with some casual gaming. Quiet PC please

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April 15, 2010 1:09:03 PM

Just off the top of my head:

CPU: X3 425 $74
Mobo: MSI 760GM-E51 $75
RAM: GeIL 2x1 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 6 $64
GPU: HD 5670 $85. Or HD 4850 $121
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $60
Case: Coolermaster 690 $80 before 10 USD rebate ($70 in total) w/ free shipping
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 430W $80
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $562 w/ 5670, $598 w/ 4850

The 5670 would be quieter and run cooler. It's also got several nice features. However, it's a little weak for gaming, but that shouldn't matter too much at that resolution. The 4850 would be more powerful, but slightly louder and less future proof. It would still be good for gaming with max details (or very high details) if the monitor was upgraded to a 1600x model, and could be playable with lowered details on a 1900x monitor.
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April 15, 2010 1:24:00 PM

^+1

If he wants to expand later on though, instead of 2x1GB, you could get 1x2GB, and add another 2GB stick later, they are priced quite similarly, although it won't be running in dual channel - the slight performance loss wouldn't matter though IMO.
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April 15, 2010 1:29:28 PM

Considering the board allows for 4 sticks of RAM, you could expand to 4 GB by just adding two more 1 GB sticks...

Or if you decide to go with the 5670, pick up these A-Data 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 for $104, bringing the total to $602.
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April 15, 2010 9:21:25 PM

wow thanks a lot. I will go with the 5670 and I am sure my cousin will be quite happy with this. Again thank you for your time.
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April 15, 2010 9:21:30 PM

Best answer selected by scione.
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