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Budget Build (No Gaming)

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May 27, 2010 11:16:15 PM

Hey all,

I am looking to build a new computer for myself. I am a student and don't have the funds for a high end machine, but want the best I can for around my budget (being ~$700). I don't do any gaming but rather a lot of multitasking in the form of Web Browsing, Text Editing, bit of Photoshop/Flash and other low strain programs. I have a monitor/TV which I would like to use HDMI on. The monitor is just a 19" 720p HDTV.

I am from Canada and looking for the best price (including shipping) which from my experience is from newegg.ca

I am by no means an expert and this is what I picked out:

Case
APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$40.99

Motherboard
MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$84.99

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$76.99

Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$99.99 - $20.00 MIR ($79.99)

RAM/GPU (Combo)
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK
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MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
$224.48 - $45.00 MIR ($179.48)

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$79.99

CD/DVD
LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$27.99

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Total: $635.42 ($742.42 after Shipping/Tax) + $65 worth of Mail in Rebates

Thoughts? Opinions? Guidance?
I plan on purchasing something within the week

Regards,
Brandon

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May 27, 2010 11:38:10 PM

Firstly you should be looking for DDR3 RAM, 1333 or 1600mhz. Cas 7 is as low as you are realistically going to get.
If you're not doing any gaming then you can use the integrated video that come on some motherboards: 785, 790/890GX amongst others. This one is not too much more expensive than the MSI: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO $95 ($5 shipping). If you don't want the option to add a graphics card then you could get a much cheaper/less powerful PSU. Probably something like this: Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS $53.
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