Budget Build Gaming PC

Hey guys im making a budget build, iv been out of the loop for a while making a computer so tell me what you think of it. Note I am from Canada so I dont get as good combo deals as you guys do.








Video Card:




1 x Cooler Master - Elite 310 Case w/ Window
1 x AMD - Phenom™ II X4 945 3.0GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3)
1 x Gigabyte - GA-890XA-UD3 w/ DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, USB3.0, 1394, CrossFireX
1 x Patriot - Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 5 Series DDR3 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-10666 Low Latency Dual Channel Kit
1 x Western Digital - 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA II w/ 16MB Cache
1 x LG - Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA, Black (OEM)
1 x eVGA - GeForce GTX 460 EE 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, External Exhaust
1 x Antec - EarthWatts EA 750W Power Supply w/ Quad +12V

Total comes to $886. I have a local store that does price matching on Canadian online stores. so if i use directcanada and pricecanada. I should be able to price match to ~$800 cad. Im aiming for $800 after tax so i was wondering if there are cheaper/better solutions for these parts. Thanks for looking.
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  1. Hello rob2010;
    If they're available at your shop a couple things you could do:

    The X4 955 is $162 -- X4 945 $160 @ NewEgg.ca
    GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 870 motherboard $107
    G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1333 CL7 $103 essentially same performance as DDR3 1600 CL8 RAM for $10 less
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $50 PSU recommended for a GTX 460 is 450W with 24Amps of +12V power. Antec NEO ECO 520C has 12V@40Amps.

    Maybe a case upgrade or a 2nd fan case fan in the CM Elite 310?
  2. Hey thanks for your input. Ill probably get the 955 since its a 2 dollar difference. The ram is $100 with MIR so im saving some money there. The mobo is $118 with shipping if i buy online, so thats a $25 difference compared to the one i had originally. so whats the biggest difference between the two boards? would it justify the $25?

    As for the Antec NEO they dont have those at my store but it will cost $82 with shipping. They have the 550W Antec true power for $87 or the EarthWatts 650W for $85. Which one is better?

  3. Either PSU would be a good choice. Go with the least expensive.

    With only a $25 price difference between the GA-870A-UD3 & GA-890XA-UD3? Hardly matters then.
    I thought it was more like $60 difference with the GA-890FXA-UD5 you had 1st linked.
    The major differences are in PCI-e 2.0 support for Crossfire. (and you're going with a GTX 460 which uses SLI for dual cards)
    GA-870A-UD3 CF @ x16/x4
    GA-890XA-UD3 CF @ x8/x8
    GA-890FXA-UD5 CF @ x16/x16

    Side by side comparison: GA-870A-UD3 / GA-890FXA-UD5 / GA-890FXA-UD5
  4. Ok, ill probably just end up getting the 890fxa if i can ever get another 460 for super cheap. Thanks for all the help! Seems like that CPU gets me the best bang for my buck or are there and intel equivalent ones out there?
  5. Grab an Antec 300 for a case, they seem to be the best budget gaming cases right now.
  6. rob2010 said:
    Ok, ill probably just end up getting the 890fxa if i can ever get another 460 for super cheap.
    That GA-890FXA-UD5 board is CrossfireX only - meaning ATI video cards. Not Nvidia cards like GTX 460.

    For a SLI option and a comparable Intel CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
    Intel Core i5-756 Lynnfield 2.8GHz & BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI P55 Motherboard $330

    The Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU should be plenty for 2x GTX 460s.
  7. Oh I see, well its no big deal if i dont run sli or crossfire. I ended up pulling the trigger and ordering a bunch of stuff from newegg, that antec 300 case with extra fans was a steal so i decided to order the 870A as well. Thanks a bunch for your help! Now the wait is gonna kill me lol.
  8. You could probably get them to change the order if you want.
    But I agree... a single card system is still a good choice. And its a good price.
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