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August 12, 2010 10:06:04 PM

Hello,

I am looking to build a PC that can is really good on games and just normal stuff. I am not a professional gamer or anything I play starcraft 2 or wow.. basically what I want is the best bang for the buck. If a pre-built system is a better deal I dont mind but I figured new build would be cheaper so i posted here. If its cheaper, why not.. since I am capable of putting together a PC. I used to be very tech savvy and know everything there is to know about computers, however, I have been really busy and fell behind last few years.

In my current PC is a pentium E series dual core which works pretty good i guess, I had an nvidia 9600 in it that fried for some odd reason, I think it was too close to my audigy which i dont really use anymore so i tossed it but everything else in the system is good. I can probably recycle HDD 250 gb sata, which is more than enough for me. Also my DVD RW but its kinda crappy wouldnt mind a new one if it fits. I have a really new monitor so im okay on that. I am willing to spend 450 ish maybe a tad bit more if it comes down to it.

P.S. If there is a deal with speakers included I woudlnt mind but they have to be big sound big bass. I just blew my speakers like 2 weeks ago and i feel helpless :p .

P.S. Also I have Hannds-G monitor 22' which im really happy with, howwever if there is a really good deal u guys know about i wouldnt mind a 24 or 26, it would have to have built in speakers tho, and if it also works as a tv thats a bonus. This monitor would be outside the budget range tho :) 

Timeframe - from now till end of august
Location - Canada
Everythign else - no preference as long as I can get to the store or they deliver here im happy.

If I am missing anything please let me know :)  Thank you very much for your time and help

az

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August 13, 2010 1:49:59 AM

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August 13, 2010 6:08:12 AM

Well maybe this build? But goes above $450 but below $500...
X3 440 + ASUS 785G
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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

HD 5750
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec EA 380
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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

Total - ~CAD $496 or ~$480 after rebates...

And do check out sites like ncix, memory express, tigerdirect.ca, canadacomputers for any deals...
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August 13, 2010 10:29:03 PM

sounds good.. the only thing im worried about is the power supply?? is 380 really enough?? also i live in an area with tons of power surges and all my previous pc's have blown due to this i believe.. would a better power supply help?? and be better for upgrade later?
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August 21, 2010 1:36:17 AM

hm... interesting... so u think its better to go with amd?? how about ram?? wudnt i b better off buying cheaper ram
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August 21, 2010 2:54:47 AM

I'm currently recommending this for a budget build. The integrated graphics are pretty good if youre not gaming. If you need to add a card, get a 5670 or 5750 for around $85-125


4gb gskill 1333

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case+ dvdrw
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


ocz fatality 550w + SAMSUNG F3 500GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


ATHLON X4 630 QUAD + ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


$381.93 US





+$20 rebate on the psu
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 21, 2010 4:31:55 AM

Everything is from Newegg Canada, but doesn't include shipping.


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$19.99


Linkworld 3210-04-C2628 Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$31.49

The case is cheap, but does come with 3 80mm fans, which should be enough cooling for this rerlatively low wattage system

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$43.99


Palit NE3TS25EFHD52 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$99.99


Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$44.99


GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C9DC
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$79.99

Verbatim Smart 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model 97086
$0.00
(free w/ RAM)


AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
$122.98



Grand Total:* $443.42

Wattage calculation from eXtreme Power

System Type: 1 physical CPU
Motherboard: Regular - Desktop
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 3000 MHz Rana
CPU Utilization (TDP):100% TDP
RAM: 2 Sticks DDR3 SDRAM
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Video Type: Single Card
Regular SATA: 1 HDD
DVD-RW/DVD+RW: 1 Drive
Fans
Regular: 3 Fans 80mm;
Keyboard/mouse: Yes
System Load: 100 %

Recommended Wattage: 349 Watts

380 chosen to give a little headroom.
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 21, 2010 4:37:46 AM

ScrewySqrl said:


GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C9DC
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$79.99


AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
BIOSTAR A770E AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
$122.98


AM2+ mobo with DDR2 DIMM slots not compatible with DDR3 RAMs
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August 21, 2010 4:48:55 AM

batuchka said:
AM2+ mobo with DDR2 DIMM slots not compatible with DDR3 RAMs


AMD770 chipset is a purpose-built DDR3 setup. It lacks only SATA 3, really, from more modern 8xx chipsets.

I looked at that particular motherboard, and. you're right, thats not the DDR3 model. My apoloies on that.


lemme hunt a bit more
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August 21, 2010 4:59:21 AM

sounds good.. i wont really need the HD so i guess that brings it back to around $400.. just one more thing.. think i cud subsitute the vid card for one of the ATI 5xxx series cards?? would that still work?
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
August 21, 2010 5:08:38 AM

at that price ($99), there's really not much that can touch it. There are some 9800GTs, which are older, hotter, and similar performance, some 5650s, 5570s, and 4650s amd GT240s at the same price point. the GTS 250 is better than all of those by 2 notches on the Tom's Hardware heirarchy chart:

Tom's Heirarchy Chart
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August 21, 2010 5:55:46 PM

hmm.. good point.. i just heard that u need atleast 1gb for 1080. This card only has 512.. is that ok?
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August 25, 2010 12:34:07 AM

You really won't run up against a wall at the qualities you'll running at with 512 MB.

A770E is not a bad motherboard, but it is a budget 95W motherboard. It will limit your overclockablity, but the ACC works well (very good chance of unlocking that extra core). Note it only has one case fan plug on the motherboard.
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August 25, 2010 4:09:03 PM

ok thats good.. i dont plan on over clocking to its ok.. how about the case fan issue? the other 2 fans on case are gonna goto waste?
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August 25, 2010 6:39:39 PM

you can power the case fans with unused molex power connectors (the old 4-pins that used to be for powering hard drives and cd drives that are now all SATA. You might need to invest in converters for a few cents at radio shack
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August 28, 2010 8:19:28 AM

Best answer selected by amunir.
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August 28, 2010 8:34:07 AM

sounds good.. im gonna buy this build on thursday!! thanks a lot

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
hanns-g 24.5 inch monitor $239.99

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6813138179
$49.99

and the Rana 440 chip, now not in a combo:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6819103843
$79.99
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6827106289
$19.99


Linkworld 3210-04-C2628 Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6811164040
$31.49

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6822152244
$43.99


Palit NE3TS25EFHD52 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6814261057
$99.99


Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6817371033
$44.99


GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C9DC
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820144266
$79.99

any last thoughts?
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