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C$600 Substancial Rebuild

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October 22, 2010 7:42:17 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: C$600 after HST (13% and not included in sticker price) and any rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Encoding / Conversion, Photoshop, General Use

Parts Not Required:
I already have the following:
> EVGA GTS 250 1 GB
> Muskin 4 GB DRR2-800 RAM
> Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Ontario, Canada

Overclocking: Perhaps

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I'm keen on a quad core CPU and as far as the chassis is concerned, the 'bling' factor has no value whatsoever to me. Dust filters are required ob the chassis - looking the Antec 300

Would appreciate any suggestions / advice for the build. So far have considered the AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2Ghz for the CPU

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October 22, 2010 8:16:53 AM

Just make sure you get an AM2/AM2+/AM3 socket board, as that is the compatible motherboard specification for DDR2-800 RAM
October 22, 2010 11:38:32 AM

I would HIGHLY advise you bump up your RAM to DDR3 man... you'd be foolish not to, DDR2 is oooold

I'd say get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB but you already have a WD so not a biggie

Just find yourself a decent enough PSU, Id say 600W or more (Corsair is a real good brand), any CD/DVD burner, I suggest the NZXT Lexa S for a case and a MOBO that'll match your RAM, I again, highly suggest upgrading to DDR3
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October 22, 2010 11:52:01 AM

He already has DDR2 and AM3 chips work in AM2/AM2+/AM3 motherboards. This saves him 90-100. The performance increase from DDR2 to DDR3 doesn't necessitate 1/6th of his budget.

Keep the DDR2, make sure the motherboard is compatible with DDR2 and the AM3 chip and get what you need.
October 23, 2010 5:00:40 AM

Edits Made :) 

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 3.2 Ghz - $159.99

CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $29.99

Mobo: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 - $69.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion - $69.99 + $9.99 S&H

PSU: Antec EA-650 EarthWatts 650W - $59.99

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black - $28.99

Arctic Silver 5 (3.5g) Thermal Compound - $7.99

Belkin Anti-Static Wrist Band - $5.44

Canada Computers Flat Shipping Rate: $6.99

Final cost (after 13% HST): $501.62


I'm quite happy with the final cost of the build and see no need to max out my budget. Just a question though, my student res is heavily carpeted and do I need to worry about static electricity? Any precautions I should take - even if it's just for my peace of mind?
October 23, 2010 5:28:41 AM

I'd say get a hyper 212+ for $3 more. Get a corsair, antec, or seasonic PSU as cooler master's are hit and miss. Get and ea650 or 650tx. ea650 is only $60AR. Get a thermal paste that is not electrically conductive, so off of the site you are using that would be either the mx-3 or mx-4. I always use an anti static wristband just so I have peace of mind and they're only a couple of bucks.
October 23, 2010 3:06:04 PM

Seems like a pretty good build, only thing I disagree with is the CPU cooler. Go for the 212+

furthermore what people are saying about CM PSU's is bull, they work fine.

stick to AS-5 Paste
October 23, 2010 3:10:43 PM

you could consider overclocking the CPU, but with that card, GTS250, there really is no point at all...
October 31, 2010 2:52:06 PM

Thanks for the advice, will be placing the order sometime this week. One more question, do I need an anti-static mat (or something like that) or will a wriststrap suffice (everywhere is carpeted)
October 31, 2010 8:17:19 PM

Wriststrap is fine.
November 7, 2010 1:48:50 AM

Best answer selected by RenegadeNukes.
November 7, 2010 2:08:21 AM

Does this mean you've put it together?
February 26, 2012 2:35:56 PM

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