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Spending $800 for pc

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May 19, 2011 1:28:06 AM

Hey guys i'm looking to build my first Pc, It will be mainly for playing Runescape, watching videos, surfing the internet, and downloading music.

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: I'm looking to spend under $800 (Canadian), a little over doesn't hurt though

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Runescape, Youtube, Itunes

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse

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

Country of Origin: Canada, Ontario
Parts Preferences: AMD, Corsair

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: looking to buy a cheap monitor for around $100 (1920 x 1080?)

Additional Comments: I want this pc to last me awhile, well cooled, i want 64 bit

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ965FBGMBOX - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Asus M4A79XTD EVO AMD 790X Socket AM3 Motherboard - ATX, PCIe 2.0, 12x USB 2.0
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner - DVD±R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD±R (DL) 12X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, 2MB, Black, OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.0, DVI, HDMI, VGA DirectX 11
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

LG W1943TS-PF 18.5" LCD Monitor - 720p, 1366x768, 16:9, 5ms, 30000:1 Dynamic, VGA, Tilt
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case - ATX/Micro-ATX, USB, Audio, 120mm Blue LED Fan, Black
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

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May 19, 2011 8:41:11 AM

IMO, it would be best to swap out the Phenom for a i3-2100 - how set on AMD are you? Also, I'm not to familiar with Runescape, how intense is it graphically? You may be better off with a better GPU especially at 1080P if you go that route. Either way though, you could drop down to a smaller PSU such as the Antec TP550 New. On the other hand, if you prefer the AMD build, I would suggest the 955 instead to save a few bucks. Pair it with a newer 800 series mobo - the 880G has integrated graphics if it turns out Runescape is light on the GPU.
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May 19, 2011 4:39:08 PM

I also recommend getting an i3-2100. It's just as fast as the Phenom II x4 965BE and will consume much less power. It will also give you a solid upgrade path for your CPU in the future.


Also, the integrated graphics may be able to handle runescape, so you might not even need a dedicated GPU. If you do decide to get a dedicated GPU, I wouldn't recommend the GT 430. I would at least get a a Radeon HD 5570, if not a 5670.

Radeon HD 5570 1GB - $57 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

i3-2100 + Asus H67 Mobo - $188 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

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May 19, 2011 7:02:19 PM

Even though the i3 is dual core it's still faster than the AMD one? For my needs do i only need dual core? Will i be able to have runescape, youtube, and a couple of internet browers open without lagging? I like AMD because i'm using it right now, and i've had this computer for 4 or 5 years still works fine. But if the i3 is good i don't mind getting it.
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May 20, 2011 12:01:12 AM

^+1 to amk's suggestions.
Yes, it very consistently outperforms the Phenoms. It does have hyperthreading so that helps it out with more threaded workloads. Yes, the processor will not be your bottleneck either way.
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May 20, 2011 12:03:22 AM

Alright, which motherboard do i use for the i3 2100? The link brings me to a blank page. And do my other chosen parts look good?
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May 20, 2011 12:19:29 AM

If you're using the integrated graphics then a H67 board, otherwise you should get a P67. You could also get a cheaper 3Gb/s HDD such as the Spinpoint F3.
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May 20, 2011 12:22:09 AM

Not sure if i'm using intergrated graphics, i was planning on buying a cheap video card just to watch youtube or do i not need one? Can you post any links of the motherboards?
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May 20, 2011 12:31:23 AM

If i buy that motherboard i don't need a video card or anything? Also can i use windows 7 64 bit with it?
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May 20, 2011 12:34:34 AM

Alright thanks for the help amk09 and jbakerlent.
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