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~300cdn basic computer for internet

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February 16, 2011 5:51:06 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: around 300 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: movies, internet (NO gaming)


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any good canadian website, newegg.ca/ncix.com etc


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: any reputable company


Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: what is the resolution of a crt tv? and also do i need a dedicated video card or is an on-board one sufficient?


Additional Comments: i want my computer to last long, so please advice quality parts but the cheaper the better
February 16, 2011 7:48:50 AM

on board is sufficient for watching movies and internet browsing and such...
with a low budget go for amd...
look for AMD Athlon II x2 240
and a mobo with 785G chipset because they have hd 4200 onboard video
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February 16, 2011 2:34:56 PM

Cheap & quality don't mix. You get what you pay for.

For your new pc, it's best to get DDR3 cuz DDR2 costs about the same, but is on the way out. That means AM3 socket which may still get new cpus. CM PSUs aren't bad. Again, I can pick out a top-of-the-line psu, but it will cost $300 for the psu alone. Your budget is a constraint. The integrated graphics is fine for even HD playback. Only in Windows though. Linux drivers suck for that gfx. If you run Linux, go with GeForce.

newegg.ca
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152244
$43.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171046
$34.99

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118039
$19.99

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138283
$64.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231307
$39.99

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103903
$59.99

Grand Total:* $263.94
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All that's left out is a MATX/ATX case. ATX will be compatible with MATX. Which one is up to you.

http://www.newegg.ca/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory...
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February 16, 2011 2:47:39 PM

Visionary I5067KM- $ 284.99
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AMD Athlon II X2 250 - $57.60
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Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM -$16.79
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Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H - $77.77 Canadian Funds
After Mail In Rebate: $67.77 Canadian Funds
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/231513/Gigabyte/GA_88...





OCZ FATAL1TY 550W - $49.99 CAD
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37047&vpn=OCZ550...

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition ATX - $39.99 CAD
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Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 4GB - $39.99 Savings Code 55546-1283
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $35.44
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Barely over $300 and doesn't include rebates.
Pricematch links at NCIX.
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February 16, 2011 11:15:12 PM

how about this psu

Antec Basiq BP350 350W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply $39.99

i heard antec makes better psu than CM/OCZ
do i really need more than 350w?
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February 17, 2011 12:16:27 AM

drunkducki said:
how about this psu

Antec Basiq BP350 350W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply $39.99

i heard antec makes better psu than CM/OCZ
do i really need more than 350w?

No you really don't need more then 350W but for a little more money the OZC is a better value
It features more power and modular cables and is a modern psu ATX12V v2.2.
Overvoltage/OverPower/Short-Circuit protection and uses less power from the wall it's 80+ certified.
1 x 20/24-pin ATX
1 x 4-pin CPU
1 x 8-pin CPU
Modular Connectors:
1 x 6-pin PCI-E
1 x 6+2-pin (8-pin) PCI-E
5 x Peripheral/molex
1 x Floppy
6 x SATA



The Antec is an old ATX12V v2.01 design and uses more power
1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
1 x 4 Pin ATX 12V
4 x Peripheral/molex
1 x SATA
1 x Floppy
Rather useless for a modern computer.
You have a SATA HDD and a SATA OD
Your're already short 1 SATA and would have to buy an adapter.
Ok if your replacing a psu in an 8-10yr old computer.




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February 17, 2011 2:04:36 AM

oic

is gigabyte > biostar?
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February 17, 2011 2:44:37 AM

You might also consider getting a netbook.
Most don't come w/ a DVD drive, but an external DVD drive would be cheap enough.
If you're talking about storing the movies that you want to watch (rather than watching on DVD or downloading short-term rentals) then you might also want an external hard drive as well.

But the up side of going with a netbook is that it probably has all of the power you need. For watching movies etc you can hook it up to an external (larger) monitor / TV, but you get the portability aspect as well... and you can't beat the price of them.
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February 17, 2011 3:13:46 AM

drunkducki said:
oic

is gigabyte > biostar?

Personally i prefer Gigabyte i have two.
3yr warranty too!
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February 17, 2011 12:33:47 PM

I disagree with buying a netbook for movies. If you play SD, it's ok. You want HD, it'll be a slideshow. $300 can't buy a good netbook that plays HD smoothly. $500 yes.
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February 17, 2011 5:46:53 PM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $35.44
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/208574/Seagate/ST3500...

Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H $79.03
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=56562&vpn=GA-880GM-D2H&ma...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-4GBRL $39.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OCZ FATAL1TY 550W - $49.99 CAD
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37047&vpn=OCZ550...

Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM -$16.79
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223566/SH-S223CBEBE-O...

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.1GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box $70.79
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/?sku=229437&kw=athlon...

Total: 332.02

I wanted to get a x3 because there's a chance i can unlock it to a x4 so i dont mind paying abit more. what do you guys think about this build?
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February 17, 2011 6:03:31 PM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $35.44
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/ [...] 3500418AS/

Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H $79.03
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=5656 [...] e=Gigabyte

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-4GBRL $39.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6820231307

COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply $34.99
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Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM -$16.79
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COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99
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AMD Athlon II X3 445 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.1GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box $70.79
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Total: 317.02

switch out the ocz psu for the cm one to save $15.
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February 17, 2011 8:43:26 PM

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition - $38.48 The only reason i recommend this is because it offers way more cooling options(top exhaust fan mounts) and can actually accommodate an aftermarket cpu cooler.I think it offers a better value.
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/230077/THERMALTAKE/VM...
CoolerMaster Elite 460W is a relabelled 400W and not exactly a good unit it does not produce the labelled power.It is an ok unit but is not a good value for the price.
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W can deliver over 550W and is known as a good unit.
unit.Also is 80% modular cabling.It offers much better value and performance.
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=33040&vpn=OCZ500...
Psu reviews from a well respected site that really puts the boots to units.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-P...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-El...
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