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June 5, 2011 7:25:30 PM

my first build, looking at these options. mostly for browsing, video watching, some gaming (cod, bf, sc2, crysis etc) and some video rendering (using premiere pro cs5)
I LIVE IN CANADA so all prices in CND

CPU: cpu: amd phenom ii x4 945 $99.99
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...
MOBO: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $60
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GPU: sapphire ati radeon hd extreme 5830 $99.99
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?item_id...
PSU: SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W $64.99
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233117/Silverstone_Te...
MEMORY: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin $55.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Mushkin+Enhanced-_-20226093
CASE: NZXT Gamma Classic Series Black Steel Mid Tower $25
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...
dvd: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $18
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225965/ASUS/DRW_24B1S...
18IN SATA HARD DRIVE CABLE W/ 1 RIGHT ANGLE CONN $2
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=2886142479C&v...

TOTAL AFTER TAX: 481.38
Not sure about a hard drive though. any suggestions? Im planning to use ubuntu or ( windows 7 which i have)
Is there a better case for this price range?
ANY 20" inch monitors out there for under $100?

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June 5, 2011 7:42:52 PM

does the mobo come with wifi?
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June 7, 2011 1:21:55 AM

you should nix that phenom and get an i3 (or i5 if you can afford it) instead. aim for an i3 2100 (better than phenom for gaming) or the cheapest i5 if you can spare an extra $60.

with an H67 mobo (vs P67) for Sandybridge you can use your PC with decent graphics while you save up for a video card. Your total price will be WELL within budget.
In fact you can probably get an i5 2400 and still be underbudget (you'll have to save for a video card, but you'll have on board graphics which will get you by until you do, even if you game!)
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