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June 17, 2011 7:00:40 PM

Hello,

I have selected a list of components for a budget gaming computer. I live in Canada, so prices are generally higher than their USA counterparts. I need some advice before I place order at a local shop next week. I will be gaming on 24'' 1080p. My maximum budget is around 700$, however it wouldn't hurt if it could be lowered to high 600's. Good case and big HDD capacity are important. Thanks!

(PC components have been updated)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 - $109.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS M5A88-V Evo ATX AM3+ - $116.48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (2x2GB) - $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: ASUS EAH6870 DirectCU 1GB - $204
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion - $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optic: BLACK LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X SATA - $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $700.40

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a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2011 7:18:17 PM

Check out my build guide in my siggy for 600$.
Change the i3 2100 to an i5 2400. (+70)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2400-Processor-3-10GHz-L...
And change the 5850 to the 6870 (+50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 720$
You wouldn't see much difference in HDD going with a cheaper one, you'd see practically the same performance. The Samsung F3 1TB is cheaper, the same speed, and quieter.

i5 2500K vs 970
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/186?vs=288
i5 2500K basically is the 2400 just with a higher clock rate, and the 970 boosts the clock rate to make it about the same. As you can see, the 970 got killed.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2011 7:42:42 PM
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June 17, 2011 8:48:00 PM



Wow! You've been a great help. Thanks to your tips, I was able to lower my budget to $700 and save $30. Unfortunately, the HD 6950 is out of my budget and $40 more doesn't justify the performance gain :S
June 23, 2011 6:30:28 PM

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