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Need advice on build ($600- Canadian)

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April 21, 2010 12:18:17 PM

What do you guys think? My budget is $700 Canadian. I will be using this for some gaming like BFBC2, COD, Total War Games.. and some internet surfing.

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

COOLER MASTER Elite 360 RC-360-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3 AM3 AMD 785G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

A-DATA Gaming Series 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-CG http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Total = $691.42

NEED ADVICE ON THIS BUILD.. THANKS
April 21, 2010 1:47:31 PM

Don't get the Vapor-X version unless it's the cheapest model. It does absolutely nothing for you. Instead, grab an HD 5770 (usually around $150-160 CAN).

I would also consider dropping from a 620W PSU to a 550W (or even as low as 400W), as you're only running a single GPU. The 5xxx series cards don't need a lot of power.

Drop the X3 435 and grab a 425 for a little less. It's the same chip, just without a facotry overclock.

After all of that, you might have enough to pick up a Coolermaster Hyper 212 (usually about $30 CAN). This will allow you to overclock the CPU to a very high level (I've heard around 3.6 GHz on three cores) and/or unlock the fourth core. This will maximize the value of the CPU.
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