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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
May 20, 2011 12:33:11 AM

^ Yes and yes.
May 20, 2011 12:34:34 AM

Alright thanks for the help amk09 and jbakerlent.
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