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Looking to lower the price of this build

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February 25, 2011 5:37:15 AM

Hello, I am wanting to build my first PC, used mainly for home video editing (ie. Pinnacle Studio 15, Premiere Elements) and some gaming (WoW, and the upcoming games Old Republic and Diablo 3).

I think that I'm getting close to what I want, however, the total price is a bit higher than I'd like, which is around $800 CAN.

Swapping out any parts is do-able, but I would prefer not to sacrifice too much in the way of performance. I'll definitely pay the 800 if need be, but I'd love to save some dollars too if possible...



Approximate Purchase Date: March/April 2011

Budget Range: $500-800 Canadian dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, Gaming, everyday use

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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, directcanada.com, newegg.ca (note .CA not .COM), tigerdirect.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an AMD Phenom x4 965

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: currently at 1024x768

Additional Comments: NCIX is preferred, as I can pick up all parts in store and save on shipping. bling and quiet are not important
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CASE
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $74.99

MOTHERBOARD
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 DDR3 ATX AMD 880G SB850 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 3PCI Radeon 4250 Motherboard - 124.16

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX - 154.99

RAM
Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/4G PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9 240PIN DIMM Memory Kit - 44.99

HARD DRIVE
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 74.99

VIDEO CARD
ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (I read that the ASUS had fewer problems, but if you think another cheaper 6850 would be just as good, that's fine. - 179.99

POWER SUPPLY
Antec Truepower New 550W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus 120MM PWM Fan - $89.99

FAN
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM (not sure if I will need this) - $29.98


Total = $774.08

(That total price doesn't include taxes or shipping, so it's going to be well over 800, closer to 900)

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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February 25, 2011 5:40:34 AM

You don't really need to spend the extra money on the cpu heatsink. The stock heatsink is usually fine if you are not going to overclock.
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February 25, 2011 6:19:46 AM

You can go cheaper on the case (people may disagree with me here, but a case to me is nothing more than a box holding everything, to me a cheap one still will work), and +1 on jadavis1992's suggestion, unless your overclocking its really unnecessary.

This hard drive will save 5 dollars. Better brand in my opinion: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And unless I'm missing something about your power supply choice, this works too, also modular: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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February 25, 2011 4:07:26 PM

Well if you aren't going to overclock then you don't need to spring for a black edition processor. Also, that video card is way overkill for 1024x768. Getting a 5770 (still overkill) would shave $40 bucks off
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