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$700 gaming build

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December 1, 2010 6:08:33 AM

So I'm trying to build a gaming pc for under $700 (Canadian) and ive come up with this

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $43.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $90.99

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - $109.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $50.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $61.99

MOBO: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - $64.99

GPU: MSI N450GTS CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $145.99

I would have liked to SLI cards but this mobo's second PCI-E 2.0 is only x4 not x8 or x16, and its pretty tough to find any AMD motherboards that support SLI. Anyways, the total price with taxes and shipping is $710.26.

Any changes would be appreciated :)  Thanks

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December 1, 2010 10:56:09 AM

You don't need such a large PSU if you're not going to be SLI'ing or CF'ing your graphics cards. You will be better off with a 600W unit.

Try and use the money saved to get a better brand motherboard, ASRock aren't that good. Maybe look at Gigabyte or Asus.

Also take a look at a Triple Core Athlon Processor. The more cores the better, you will find that the dual core will struggle.

Maybe take a look at this case:

Thats a good deal on the RAM, i couldn't see anything equivalent cheaper, even at lower speeds.

The 450 is outperformed by the 5770 for cheaper:

If you want a dual slot card, try this:

The HDD is good if you can live with that capacity. However if you can find a larger F3 for the same price then go for that.
December 1, 2010 12:23:08 PM
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December 1, 2010 8:13:13 PM

Mianmars, with shipping and taxes included that system comes to $850 which is outside my budget, even with the gtx 460.
December 1, 2010 8:16:41 PM

how much do u want it to be reduced?
December 1, 2010 8:31:52 PM

I can maybe go up to $720 or $730. Also, I would like to keep the cooler master case, but everything else is subject to change. Thanks