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May 1, 2010 5:00:45 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 600-700 before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, running multiple programs (watching multiple videos, word, excel, etc), surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Somewhere in Canada because of customs. Need some recommendations in this area too. (newegg.com, ncix.com, canadacomputers.com)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't have one as long as they run and reliable

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Huh?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quite computer would be prefered, but something that can run multiple programs without the computer dying. Below are friend's suggestion.

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CPU
AMD Phenom II X3 710 (95W) Triple-Core Socket AM3, 2.6GHz, 7.5MB Cache (512KBx3 L2 + 6MB L3 Cache), 2000MHz HT, 45nm (HDX710WFGIBOX)

GPU
Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 700MHZ 1GB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port Lite Retail Video Card

RAM
OCZ OCZ3G13334GK 4GB 2X2GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-20 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

HDD
Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green 1TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

Motherboard
ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 SB710 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI IDE 6SATA Sound GBLAN Motherboard

DVD

Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE SATA Black 22X DVD-Writer OEM

Case/powersource


Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

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May 1, 2010 10:47:42 PM

this is a better build for almost every part:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

final price is 693.92 before MIR's and shipping, so ill just say they cancel out. the ram, hdd, psu, case, mobo, dvd, and gpu are all better. the cpu is also probably faster, and if u can unlock it into a quad core, nothing compares for value. even if u cant, its an amazingly fast lil cpu, and ocing it is easy. well theres my build, hope that helped :) 
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May 2, 2010 4:38:29 AM

thanks for quick answer i will definately check this out
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May 2, 2010 4:49:46 AM

The only thing that i would maybe suggest over this build would maybe be
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

same mobo just with an athlon x 435 at 2.9ghz. In alot of cases the extra core will more then make up for the lost cache and you'll save a bit of money. But it'll be a tradeoff, you'll get similar performance to the 555, but with the 555 you have the chance of making it a quad
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May 2, 2010 4:55:18 AM

Here's what I got: I went with Intel since ares1214 gave you the AMD version. Totals at $699.92 before shipping or rebates.

CPU: Intel Core i3 530 (Dual-Core)

GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 1GB

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2x2GB DDR3-1333

HDD: Samsung 1GB SATA 3.0GB/s

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD-RW

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 534

PWR: SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W


Few things to mention:

1. The mobo I linked there is MicroATX, you might or might not care. For me it means less PCI slots for expansion and different mobo layout, ofc, but its unlikely that those things will matter.

2. For the case, go with what you think looks good. If you read some reviews over @Newegg you'll see which cases tend to be low quality and whatnot. But if your tower is on top of your desk like mine, make sure you like how it looks. Check if the case has lights if those are important to you.

3. What do you mean by "running multiple programs?" If you mean having AIM, Messenger, IE, Firefox, iTunes open at the same time while you play L4D2 or something like that most CPUs out there right now will be able to handle that. My old CPU and old GPU can handle that.

When I played WoW I'd have the game running along with Ventrillo, AIM, Messenger, Firefox, iTunes (in the background) and some show playing in VLC all at the same time. And that's with WoW on one monitor at 1920x1080 and VLC on another at 1280x1024. Anything you get nowadays will be better than my setup so you'll be fine if that's what you plan on running.
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May 2, 2010 5:37:52 AM

Does anyone have suggestions based on canadacomputers.com? I think I would rather just pick it up there, its near my house

much appreciated thanks!
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May 2, 2010 5:43:15 AM

For me it is about running all those programs you mentioned and running
1) windows media player
2) couple of windows of microsoft office stuff
3) pdf reader
4) download stuffs

It helps to know that my computer will not suddenly crash

Thanks for your help!
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May 2, 2010 11:07:33 AM

the intel build is good, but there are a few reasons why the amd is better. a 530 is pretty underpowered, and has onboard graphics, so it is more meant for HTPC, or just low end use, for somebody who doesnt really game. both cpus should be able to easily handle what you want. for most benchmarks, its split down the middle, but theres the possibility to unlock the 555, dont depend on that, but theres a good possibility, which then makes the argument 955 vs i3. most of the other things are pretty even, my mobo has U3S6, and the case in my build is a bit better, and my ram is a bit better, but not that much...besides that, there isnt much different.
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May 2, 2010 5:46:00 PM

ares1214 said:
the intel build is good, but there are a few reasons why the amd is better. a 530 is pretty underpowered, and has onboard graphics, so it is more meant for HTPC, or just low end use, for somebody who doesnt really game. both cpus should be able to easily handle what you want. for most benchmarks, its split down the middle, but theres the possibility to unlock the 555, dont depend on that, but theres a good possibility, which then makes the argument 955 vs i3. most of the other things are pretty even, my mobo has U3S6, and the case in my build is a bit better, and my ram is a bit better, but not that much...besides that, there isnt much different.


yup you're right about most of that. but from what he said in the first post he doesnt want to OC which leads me to believe he wont be trying to unlock any potential cores.

personally, at his price point, i would go with an AMD build, i just wanted to let him know there's an intel option should he want it.
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May 2, 2010 6:53:26 PM

oh, ok...well even not unlocked, the 555 is a lil screamer. and it was a good intel build, just that at the price range, amd>intel.
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May 2, 2010 7:01:22 PM

thanks guys you've been a big help!
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May 8, 2010 11:08:21 PM

Best answer selected by joehan.
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