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August 25, 2010 4:14:04 AM

Here is the build i've but together so far... Only problem is i've gone over budget and i'm having problems picking a PSU and Case. I want to spend somewhere between 750-800 tops after all taxes and shipping. The $718 is after taxes so theres not much room to work in. The vid card and monitor are taking up most of the cap, I am willing to get a more affordable monitor along with a cheaper vid card if necessary. Thanks for the advice in advance. Any questions just ask

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768 --- Combo $137.50

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive --- $69

=$263
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port Lite Video Card V2 --- $163

Samsung E2220X 21.5IN Lcd Monitor 1920X1080 Full Hd 5MS 70000:1DCR Vga Dvi - Black --- $160

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.0GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box ---$80

= $455

Total $718

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August 25, 2010 4:37:36 AM
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August 25, 2010 4:51:31 AM

Sorry gkay i forgot to mention Im a Canadian res so I need to use newegg.ca. Products and combos are a little difference there and they charge for shipping for most products. Thats why i used a site called DirectCanada for the GPU CPU and monitor and i didn't find any combo deals there. If there are good combo deals that I've missed at newegg.ca it may make up for the shipping fees though, as products do seem to be 5$ or so cheaper in most cases.
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August 25, 2010 5:16:20 AM

Ohh...
This is from newegg.ca
X3 440 + Geil 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

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

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

HDD - Same but you should know that Seagate nowadays have some what higher failure rates...

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

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

Total - ~$605 Not including rebates/ shipping/ taxes...Not including monitor...
And I would suggest that you take a look at other stores too like ncix.com, memoryexpress, canadacomputers, tigerdirect.ca...
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August 25, 2010 11:25:13 AM

I haven;t checked the other sites but tigerdirect seems to be priced up from both newegg.ca and DirectCanada. Also do you mid putting the product name? For some reason half the links just take me to the main newegg.ca page... or am i missing something?
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August 25, 2010 11:57:03 AM

^ Right-click and open in newtab...
As for the names -
Mobo -
ASUS M4A88TD-M(No USB3.0)/ GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3/ MSI 870A-G54/ ASUS M4A87TD EVO/ GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H/ ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3

Graphics card - Sapphire/ XFX/ ASUS/ Gigabyte HD 5770

CASE - Thermaltake V3 Black Edition

PSU - OCZ 550W
The case and the PSU have Free Shipping @newegg.ca
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August 25, 2010 8:31:05 PM

Thanks that seems to fix the problem.
Is western any better for the HDD, theres a 750 gb one which is obviously less but a tad cheaper but i might as well get it if its better quality... The PSU I saw but didnt think i could fit into my budget but it seems i missed the $20 mail in rebate and free shipping so thats perfect. Only problem is the rest of your build puts me further over budget then i already am. I think the only places cuts really can be made are GPU and monitor... unless you see anything different?
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August 26, 2010 4:40:32 AM

^ If you want a gaming build, then HD 5770 is the best starting point if you want DirectX 11...
But if you are not concerned about DirectX 11, then I would recommend this card -
HD 4870 - In terms of raw processing power, it is more powerful than the HD 5770 but is DirectX 10.1
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

And HDD - Get a 500 GB for now
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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August 26, 2010 5:01:19 AM

IS the 500gb because of the budget or that their just better at this time... and what difference does directX 11 make? It is a gamind build but medium/ light gaming...
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August 26, 2010 5:09:31 AM

^ No not because of the budget...

As for DirectX 11, the game would look better, but again if your monitor's resolution is high, then you would need a more powerful graphics card to play the game @ high settings in DirectX 11...
Forgot to ask, which gamesor type of games do you play ?
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August 26, 2010 5:27:17 AM

mmo's mainly, some fps not too much though. What do you recommend for that? So 500gb's are better pretty much then the 1tb ones now?
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August 26, 2010 5:40:37 AM

^ If MMOs mainly, then the HD 4870 is good enough as MMOs are generally not based on DirectX11(SC2 is also not DX 11)
500GBs if you dont store much data on your HDD and anyways you can add more later on if you want to...
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August 26, 2010 5:49:46 AM

ALright thanks that helps my budget significantly... the link for the vid card you sent me can be combo-ed, is the difference between the 1333 and 1600 worth the $20?
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August 26, 2010 5:54:10 AM

Combo with what ?
And which RAM are you talking about? Even if you are getting OCZ RAMs cheaper, I would not recommend those are OCZ RAMs nowadays are pretty flaky so looking to save money, you should not loose on stability...
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August 26, 2010 5:57:31 AM

oh alright, how are mushkin ram quality wise?
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August 26, 2010 5:59:46 AM

Mushkin RAMs quality wise are one of the best...
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August 26, 2010 6:04:53 AM

awsome, ill stick to the mobo ram combo deal... i just hope they restock on them be4 the combos over.... Quick question. for the processor, should i go with the 440, 445, or go for a stronger 2 core or possibly weaker 4 core? ---- with the extra cap room and all
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August 26, 2010 6:09:21 AM

X3 440/ 445 would be my choice for a gaming PC...
But if you want to take chances, then you can get the Phenom II X2...you might be able to unlock the 3rd and the 4th core. But then again I wouldn't rely completely on that though...
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August 26, 2010 6:15:49 AM

ill stick to the 445... if u factor shipping it comes to the same price
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August 26, 2010 6:20:48 AM

do you know if all these are compatible with each other?
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August 26, 2010 6:24:56 AM

AFAIK they are...
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August 26, 2010 6:28:42 AM

Thanks for all the help gkay. everything's set now just need to decide between HDD and size.. i've heard spinpoint ain't that great... guessing you disagee?
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August 26, 2010 6:32:26 AM

Heard from where? If you search the net, it would say otherwise...
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August 26, 2010 6:40:41 AM

someone i know had a bad experience with one... could be faulty though...the tech report said it was good for regular stuff but was less impressive for high demanding things... You seem to know your stuff you recommend it over western?
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August 26, 2010 6:43:48 AM

cause there the same price : samsung 500gb and western blue 1tb
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August 26, 2010 6:56:24 AM

seems like the internet seems to favor the spinpoint also :p  thanks again for all the help, MUCH appreciated
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August 26, 2010 6:56:49 AM

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August 26, 2010 1:11:33 PM

Raffi_14 said:
Sorry gkay i forgot to mention Im a Canadian res so I need to use newegg.ca. Products and combos are a little difference there and they charge for shipping for most products. Thats why i used a site called DirectCanada for the GPU CPU and monitor and i didn't find any combo deals there. If there are good combo deals that I've missed at newegg.ca it may make up for the shipping fees though, as products do seem to be 5$ or so cheaper in most cases.


Don't use newegg.ca. Part for part the prices are more expensive because they are shipping from the states. Use a canadian supplier like Best Direct or Canada Direct or any BC based supplier (I think they are all the same company, because I bought from Direct Canada and the box was taped with NCIX packing tape lol) which isn't employing customs brokers to ship their goods cross-border.

I built my first system from newegg becasue I was brainwashed into thinking they are the best value (mainly because of the American Newegg being superior and the fact that most posters here seem to be from the states). I spent

Also, free shippign on orders over $400.00

I saved $102 compared to newegg on my last build.

Think about this:
I will already predict flames about the power supply, but before anyone starts ranting about it, its has been used in budget build articles on this site. I've used it in three builds now with no problems.

$830 Shipped - Everything your asking but OS. (I don't think you mentioned OS)

Case: CoolerMaster 330
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC3149

PSU: BFG 550W
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=23310AC5129
(elitists will tell you to do better :\ But this will get you started. )

CPU: Athlon 440
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD1367

RAM: Your preference - I use
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD4658

Mobo: For budget - No Crossfire - still 2600Mhz
M4A78LT
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2018&v...

GPU: XFX 5770
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180BD2804

Cheapest DVD Writer

WD 500GB -
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR9550

Monitor - Samsung 21.5 1920x1080
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14040MN4087

$830 shipped

$860 with full Asus ATX board.

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August 27, 2010 12:48:51 AM

I noticed that there was free shipping on stuff over 300$ but the thing is newegg.ca has a bit better selection and the ability to combo. This along with specials allow me to get a better pricing than solely Canadadirect. After everything shipped with the bundles It costs about 775$. So about 55$ difference. You do however have the 5770 as apposed to the 4870 i used in the build but I get 1Tb HDD the amd athlon 445 with the stronger board. I think your right however, the free shipping is a huge bonus but some of the deals newegg.ca is offering is also free shipping so after weighing everything out it ended up being cheaper to go solely newegg... by $10 or so.
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