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Building first budget PC! Needs a final review!

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May 4, 2010 7:18:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~2-3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 600-700 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General Use/Gaming/Web Design/Video Rendering

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca I am Canadian, so the prices & combos do indeed differ (~$100 in taxes >.<) Ncix / Tigerdirect doesn't matter, but it seems more expensive?

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU & ATI GPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Does not matter

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (Doesn't matter.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have no comments as of right now.

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

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (~$60)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 (~$55)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Ati video card[undecided] (~$160)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SeaSonic SS-500ET Bronze 500W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (~$110)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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Combos
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AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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

Combo price: ~$195


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Subtotal: $646.92 CAD
Grand Total: $756.73 CAD
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How can I improve this? I totally went over my budget (No rebates). I actually don't mind paying this though. I looked though the guides on tomshardware and changed some components (PSU/Case/HDD). TWill any of this hardware cause compatibility issues? Like mentioned above, I read the guides, so hopefully its a no! :p  Oh, and also will I need any extra cords/that cpu glue stuff? (CD/DVD is OEM :o )

Once again, thanks for reading this.

-bballa99

Note: This is newegg CANADA, so if you click on the links you will be directed to the canadian domain, I don't want to cause any confusion with this in case someone forgets to change it back to .com if they are american ^_^
May 4, 2010 12:11:22 PM

Hello.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a better HDD for the same cost:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

You can get a PowerColor 5770 for the same price as the XFX 5750. Which would give you a big performance increase in gaming. The XFX 5770 is $20 more...

You could get 1333MHz ram instead of 1600 which would save you around $15. However it could limit your OC, if you were going to.

An OEM DVD drive just means it doesn't have a fancy box and doesn't have a SATA cable. It is nothing to worry about.

I'm not sure if the Phenom II comes with any "cpu glue stuff" maybe someone can clarify.

Hope that helps a bit.
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May 4, 2010 7:52:15 PM

That will do nicely. Definately a better option than the 5750. In an ideal world you would get a 5850 but they are expensive and on a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or less the 5770 will do perfectly well
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May 4, 2010 7:57:22 PM

Okay awesome. My build is finally complete although I went $50 over my budget.

Now to make sure everything will fit in the case and I have enough connectors and a adequate psu.

Any more suggestions?

edit:

What powersupply does the GPU need? I don't see it. (My psu is 530W 80% efficiency)

Also, what does DoA mean? I see it on some reviews with 1 egg.
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May 5, 2010 5:24:39 AM

Bumping this one time just to see if any smart techs out there will know if this stuff fits/is compatible with eachother.

After that, I'll purchase it!
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May 5, 2010 7:45:09 AM

Thanks.

The thing is, does it come with a PCI-e connector?

This is my card, it doesn't say what it needs (Maybe nothing? Of so im set?)

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


The PSU you mentioned above says 24pin main power.. I'm confused.

Edit:

Read a review:

24 pin main. 8 pin cpu. (2) 4 pin cpu. (2) 6 pin video card. 1 floppy. 5 standard molex. 4 SATA.

Thanks guys.
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May 6, 2010 5:17:52 AM

That RAM will work fine with your mobo.

Happy computing!
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May 6, 2010 7:04:48 AM

For that graphics card a 450W PSU is recommended by ATI. However they have been know to run on high quality 300W PSUs. So 530W is fine.
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May 9, 2010 8:04:13 AM

Sorry for the bump, even though I said I wasn't going to! Again, thanks for the replies. They are quite helpful.

I will be ordering the parts in 4 days and it seems that my video card:

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

Is out of stock. If it is still out of stock in 4 days, should I just wait it out? Or what would you guys recommend as an equivalent or better..(plus/minus $10) ?

Thanks.
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May 11, 2010 8:10:30 AM

Thanks the_punkinator I couldn't of gotten great hardware without you!

I order my parts in 2 more days.. (well I guess 1 now) and I'm wondering, should I go for a combo with this video card?:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N8...

What do you guys think about OCZ RAM ? I've read some reviews and it seems like most of the negative ones are just with timing problems..etc

Also, this is the RAM I am currently purchasing:

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

Thanks,

bballa99

Edit: I updated my first post also & that cpu glue stuff im talking about is thermal paste (I think).
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May 11, 2010 11:25:53 AM

I do not think those combos are very good as you would have to go with OCZ RAM which is not liked. Also they only save around $20 however the RAM is more expensive so you basically don't save anything. So I don't think they are worth it. The RAM you have is great.

So glad I could help you with your build. Good luck!
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