$600 upgradable build

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible (**Or after AMD3+ release Read on)


Budget Range: $500-600 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, Starcraft2, G-Mod, Crysis 2), surfing the internet,


Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, Tigerdirect.ca, Ncix.com


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: AMD processor (best bang for your buck)


Overclocking:Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Hopefully in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1280x720 or better :D


Additional Comments: I am looking to get a budget computer, but with lots of upgradability. I would like this computer to last 3-4 years with only SOME new parts (i.e. Second video card, new processor, another stick of ram) Don't need windows as I have a computer here. Also would like the computer to run a lot better than what I have ( hp s5503w, single core, 3gb ddr2, no video card) Another thing, will it be considerably cheaper if I wait until AMD launches its new AMD3+ line? Thanks sooo much.
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  1. Okay, I am going to help, just give me some time to put something together.
  2. Link is broken on the mobo :O
  3. Does it support Crossfire? I read about mobo's having 2 pci-e slots and not supporting crossfire? And would it be worth it to wait until AMD3+ comes out and save more money?
  4. It does support CF with two PCI-E 2.0 slots running @ x16. It even says CrossfireX support. I do not know too much about AM3+ mobos, but I have heard that the new bulldozer will not run on am3+. I would just get what you want now. And that RAM is really cheap. So is the PSU.
  5. And anyway to cut down on price? Because on Newegg.ca its 765.61 shipping/taxes and rebates
  6. I looked at it from Newegg today. With all the rebates, it was $608.92. With rebates, you pay full price, then you ask them about the rebates, then they give you one, then you fill it put, and then you send it back and they give you whatever amount of money.
  7. I know, I did that. It's $800.61 before rebates. Anyway, I can just wait a week or so and see if I can get that extra little bit.
  8. Did you add anything? When I added it up with all the links it equaled $608.92.
  9. No, it might've been from the shipping and taxes (I did it on Newegg.ca because I'm canadian)
  10. Oh, I did it from neweggUSA. Yeah, that might be a problem. Can you wait to get more money or lower the CPU to like an Athlon II X4?
  11. If it costs that much more in Canada, I don't knwo how your are going to build a $600 gaming machine.
  12. Ill wait. I got a crap load of bottles to take back. I mean a CRAP load, haha.
  13. Okay, is that what you are going to get?
  14. Wait a minute, I am going to go on newegg.ca.com and see if I can find something for you.
  15. Ok, sounds good.
  16. Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163168&cm_re=silverstone_case-_-11-163-168-_-Product $29.99 after rebate

    PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341039&cm_re=ocz_600w-_-17-341-039-_-Product after rebate $65.99

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813153186&cm_re=am3_motherboard-_-13-153-186-_-Product $79.99

    Hard drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073&cm_re=wd_blue_caviar_500gb-_-22-136-073-_-Product $49.99

    Disk drive: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136216&cm_re=LG_burner-_-27-136-216-_-Product $17.99

    CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103675&cm_re=AMD_phenom_ii_x4-_-19-103-675-_-Product $139.99

    GPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515&cm_re=hd6850_1gb-_-14-150-515-_-Product $164.99 after rebate

    RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=G_skill_4gb-_-20-231-277-_-Product $53.99

    That would be a great gaming computer too. The reasons I picked those components is because 1) Good case airflow 2) you can CF 3) MoBo supports good RAM 4) and PSU is good.

    You should be pretty pretty happy with that build for gaming. It has everything you wanted, all for $602.92. The mobo doesn't say what the TDP is, but it says it will support Phenom II CPUs. I also looked on their website, the mobos closest to that had 125w CPU support. I think that the build I just suggested will easily meet your gaming needs. Strong CPU, GPU, and RAM for performance. It also has good cooling, case and GPU. (CPU should too) PSU is solid. (I know, I own one) So tell me what you think. :D
  17. Is that mobo good quality? Why not spend another 10 dollars for http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138303 ? And is that CPU OC'able (Ill buy a new cooler in a few months)
  18. If you are worried about the MOBO I will look for another one. Does the rest look good? BTW that link was broken.
  19. Yes the rest does look good.
  20. The links were broken. It was a WD blue caviar 500gb 6gb drive instead of 3gb, ram was G. Skill 4gb (2x2) 1333Mhz RAM, and mobo was the first one I said. The Biostar mobo.
  21. Okay, look at those.
  22. This is a check to see if links work now, every link we do doesn't work. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189&cm_re=g_skill_4gb-_-20-231-189-_-Product
  23. So what do you think?
  24. I think that's pretty good. Could I flash the 6950 to a 6970? And what framerates do you think I would get on WoW/Starcraft2 on medium graphics?
  25. That was a hd6850, if you got an hd6950 you could probablt flash it. On medium settings you could get probably 150FPS on SC2 and I have never played WoW, but pretty high. You could easily completely max out both of those games. You could even max out Crysis and Metro 2033. I know maxxing Metro 2033 sounds rediculous with that set up, but I maxed it out with an OCed hd6850, an AMD Athlon II X3 440 @ 3.5GHz, and 4gb PNY 800Mhz RAM. If you got an hd6950 that machine would be killer. So, are you going to get all the pieces? If so, tell me what happens when you get them. I would like to be updated.
  26. Oh, I meant flash the 6850 to a 6870.
  27. I do not think that it is possible sadly. (I wish I could do that with mine) I could recommend a hd6870 if you want, but you couldn't CF hd6870s with that PSU. So, even being a hd6850 and not a hd6950, does it still suit your needs?
  28. Yes for sure :P
  29. So are you going to get it?
  30. Most likely
  31. When, and if, you get it, please update me and tell me how it went.
  32. Make sure that you use 1333Mhz RAM and wd blue caviar 500gb 6gb with the Biostar Mobo. Unless you know how to OC the 1600Mhz RAM back up to 1600Mhz, but if not, do not do it. I do not want to go into it, Mostly because I am not completely sure I know how. I would suggest this RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180&cm_re=g_skill_4gb-_-20-231-180-_-Product
  33. The link was still broken. (Newegg must be having issues) It was G. skill 4gb 1333Mhz (2x2) RAM. It had 8 CAS and it was in a blue case. It was not a Ripjaw series set.
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