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June 9, 2010 5:37:09 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anywhere from now until the end of august. BUDGET RANGE: Anywhere up to $1000 pretax.. however... I am a student and I do not want to spend extra cash on perks that I will barely use. The cheaper the better :) 

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1. School and Work related (will be using word, excel, access, simply accounting and Quickbooks 2. Surfing the web: Mainly browsing websites such as tom's hardware, yahoo finance, etc... nothing too intensive 3. Gaming.. I am a casual gamer (game maybe 6 hours a week maximum... it is not a important part of my life but it would be nice to play once in a while!) I enjoy games such as warcraft 3, sim city 4, age of empires, and thinking about getting starcraft 2.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ... Ill buy from any website that has a good deal. I live in Ontario.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I was thinking of an intel motherboard, but they are so expensive compared to amd!

I do not plan to overclock or use dual video cards for now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)... as high as possible, to keep my options open!

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first pc build.. I had no clue where to begin so I read a few articles on here as well as other websites, did my research for a few days and this is the best build I could come up with. Any advice is appreciated. Keep in mind that I am a student so im going ot be as cheap as possible. This does not mean that I am really going to cheap out though, it is important that I leave options open for upgrading in the future. I was also thinking about buying refurb from newegg (although I would really enjoy the learning experience from building my own pc)... would that be a cheaper route?

Uploaded with (Case) (Processor) (Motherboard) (hd) (ram) (vid card) (Power supply)

One more quick question: Would it cripple this build if I got this processor ? it runs at 3.0 MHZ but its only dual core... would that compromise my build?

Thanks for the advice and i look forward to learning a lot from this website.

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June 9, 2010 8:21:17 AM

What display (model/make) u on currently? For me if you need some shaving $$

AthlonII X4 630
2 X 2 DDR3 1333
NZXT Beta EVO case
Antec Earthwatts 650
June 9, 2010 1:48:56 PM

Buy a AMD 955 and i've read the 785 mobo overclock like crazy and are easier to set up then the 8xx's

this psu it's better

all your stuff can be bought cheaper outside of Ontario no sales tax
at the moment of this post my usual sources are down for maintenance
once they are online i'll repost
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June 10, 2010 5:04:47 AM

Samsung syncmaster 206bw;rnav

You guys have made me curious with overclocking so I am going to do more research on it.. if you have any resources (ill be browsing this site) or others let me know.

I thought Canada computers was suppose to be one of the cheapest (shows you how much i know!).. I also have one their stores in my city. Ill be waiting for those links... it is appreciated.

I think i am going to go for something cheaper then the build I put above.. money is a little tight right now and all i really need is a pc to surf the web and handle database and accouting software... I can live with old school games for now :) 

Thanks for all of your input so far, it is a great help!
June 10, 2010 6:52:24 AM

case i would go down to 922 no need for 932

HD i would go for samsung pinpoint F3

PSu i would pick a cosair, antec, seasonic...650w will be enough...antec earthwatt might be best choice or the one davcon suggested

CPU i would go down to 955 Black edition will be enough and you might overclock so that would be good

Davcon suggestion on mobo is a good one

if you are going to overclock then you will need a heatsink

websites that i might suggest for you are or ...if NCIX has a sale going on is usually well cheaper then newegg.

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June 10, 2010 1:00:21 PM


CASE- good case but i've seen it for $80 at CC and NCIX 2 weeks ago

MOBO-Excerpt from Benchmarkreviews

That being said, after testing the Athlon-II X2-260 in both an 890GX motherboard and a 785G motherboard, I had more luck overclocking and better overall test results with the 785G. While this may be limited to only the two motherboards I used, and other 890GX motherboards might perform better, I think I can safely conclude that the benefits of upgrading to the 890GX chipset right now are not necessary. I highly recommend using the Athlon-II X2-260 in the 785G chipset. It works particularly well in the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO motherboard. I would definitely look for a motherboard that offers the 128MB of DDR3 sideport memory if you are planning on using the onboard GPU. The Athlon-II X2-260 processor offers an excellent entry point for any budget minded user.







Now take this info and pricematch it at NCIX.COM they will ship it all for free if you purchase a $10 gift card anywhere and Canada plus only 5% tax
not 100% sure if pricematch works on MIR stuff cuz i've never tried it
June 15, 2010 6:48:54 PM

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