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$700 Budget for a Gaming Desktop

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September 8, 2010 3:56:10 AM

Hello there,
I am currently looking for a $700 gaming desktop that can handle all kinds of games.

I actually have a $800 budget, but shipping and everything just adds up to too much. Please use special deals to lower the price.

I live in canada so i prefer websites like newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca and canadacomputers.com. If you can find good deals anywhere else, feel free to post it down. These websites are just websites i use the most.

I need you guys to include almost everything. I will upgrade it once in a while so please give me some upgrade plans or something for your build.

CPU, GPU, HSF, HDD, RAM, Mobo, DVD, Case, and OS.

This is my first build so please try to not make things too complicated.

Thank You!

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September 8, 2010 5:36:38 AM

CPU : $79 AMD Athlon II X3 440

Mobo : $65 ASRock M3A770DE

RAM : $103 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

HDD : $57 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500 GB

GPU : $230 GTX 460 Superclocked (Fermi)

PSU : $50 OCZ Fatal1ty 550W

ODD : $21 LG SATA DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

Case : $55 Rosewill CHALLENGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case

OS : $120 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Total : $780 + $76 shipping = $856. Just $56 over-budget. You can get some combo deals to sweeten the deal further.
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September 8, 2010 12:09:56 PM

I was thinking more like Core i3 but this one looks good too. I might overclock in the future. Would a computer with a core i3 still be within budget?
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September 8, 2010 12:32:02 PM

Can i change the GTX460 to maybe a HD 5770? I think i can fit the core i3 if i did that. Or would this build be the best one for me? I don't know much but many of my friends said athlon is not that good.
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September 8, 2010 12:44:16 PM

^ The i3 530 no doubt is better than the X3 440...
But the main reason for the X3 is that is also a very good gaming CPU and with the money saved on the CPU, you get a very good graphics card, better suited for higher resolutions like 1080p...

But if you have a lower resolution, then the HD 5770 would suffice...
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September 8, 2010 12:46:18 PM

@ gkay

Yeah, I'd have gone with the 870 as well, but seeing as the $50 price difference only gives you USB 3.0, I'm going with the 770.

And to save just 15 bucks, sacrificing 1600 for 1333 just didn't feel right.

@kklee

I'll take Intel any day ahead of AMD as long as you can afford it.

Going with the i3 will cost you 'bout 50 - 70 bucks extra. The 5770 is plenty good, but if you wanna play @ high settings at 1920 X 1080, you might wanna consider keeping the 460. What's your monitor resolution?

$130 Intel Core i3-540

$85 EVGA P55V Micro ATX
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September 9, 2010 1:25:21 AM

I'm just going to stick wthe athlon build. Does anyone have possible upgrade plans for this computer? I might add another gtx460 so I can maybe SLI. But i don't think the motherboard supports SLI. Another 4 gbs of ram i guess.

I'm going to be using this computer for 4 years, I have lots of time to save money and buy new parts.

I also heard you can "Unlock" the 4th core in X3 440. I don't know how to do that, can anyone please explain to me?
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September 9, 2010 2:50:51 AM

Umm do i need another motherboard if im going to sli? Please help me find one. I do not know much about computers so i dont know if they are compatible or good quality.

Thank You!
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September 9, 2010 4:29:46 AM

^ SLI and AMD are not good combos...

As for upgrade, by next year, there will be newer cards from both ATI and Nvidia, so you can upgrade to those if you want and next in line will be the CPU, maybe a Phenom Quad later on...
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September 9, 2010 7:57:52 PM

When the new ATI card comes out, should i buy 2 and crossfire? And i still have a question, how do you unlock the 4th core in the athlon x3?
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September 10, 2010 3:54:03 AM

^ The cards that would replace the HD 57xx series would be out by October most probably...
As for unlocking the CPU(If possible, as it is a hit or a miss, so I wouldnt completely rely on that), the newer mobos like the 870/ 880/ 890GX series boards have a Core Unlock option in the BIOS and the 785/ 770/ 790 series boards have ACC option, when set to Auto, unlocks the core, but you would have to test them for stability though...
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