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July 3, 2011 11:10:37 PM

hi, i want to build my first computer, and need some build suggestions. the OS will be Linux, to meet my budget. My budget is $300-350. The computer will be used for everyday things, like youtube, music, and maybe a little bit of light gaming. i do not need a monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, case. i would like the computer parts to be available at newegg (preferably .ca) thank you in advance for the suggestions.

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July 4, 2011 5:36:02 AM

Very hard to build at this price

Ive assumed your case has a power supply in it

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz $75
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX $60
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $35
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM $40
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

XFX HD-667X-ZAF3 Radeon HD 6670 [ with free game ] $100
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Thats $310 . Should be quite functional with the triple core processor and game reasonably well

You also need a dvd drive
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July 4, 2011 6:38:21 AM

You might be able to save on some shipping cost with directcanada.ca

I would get this processor over that athlon for the unlocked multiplier and the L3 cache, this also has the chance of being unlocked. On a side note you need to buy an aftermarket HSF but with $40 to spare in the budget I'm sure you could find something (phenom II x3 720 black edition):
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

As for M/B I think this is your best option (Msi 870-g45):
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1549&v...

But here are some alternates anyways:
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0388&v...
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9804&v...

Here is a better vid card too (HD 5770):
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD4966&v...
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July 4, 2011 8:51:52 AM

mlcaouette said:
You might be able to save on some shipping cost with directcanada.ca

I would get this processor over that athlon for the unlocked multiplier and the L3 cache, this also has the chance of being unlocked. On a side note you need to buy an aftermarket HSF but with $40 to spare in the budget I'm sure you could find something (phenom II x3 720 black edition):
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

As for M/B I think this is your best option (Msi 870-g45):
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1549&v...

But here are some alternates anyways:
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0388&v...
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9804&v...

Here is a better vid card too (HD 5770):
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD4966&v...



Thats a great build . The cpu , mb and gfx card are all better , and better priced than the parts I found on newegg.ca .

Important to remember the processor doesnt have the heatsink so the OP would definitely need to order one if he went with your parts
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July 4, 2011 9:46:19 AM

Hopefully the OP doesn't mind using multiple sites for the parts, it's just on a tight budget newegg.ca doesn't make things any easier.

The only thing I don't like about directcanada is the site design/UI, I find the price on directcanada and look at the specs on newegg :) 

I was a bit shocked when I saw that newegg was carrying the phenom II x3 again, and for the same price as the athlon II x3. A little angry as well, since they did not carry it six months ago when I bought my last athlon II x3.

Hopefully the OP can find a decent cooler within the budget, that way the processor can be utilized to its full potential.

Another side note: I wonder if the OP knows how limited gaming is on Linux. The speed of a Linux OS is excellent, just not being able to use things such as Itunes and netflix is where the disappointment sets in.
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July 4, 2011 3:33:45 PM

As for Direct Canada I use this site and have NCIX to pricematch - shopbot,ca. This will give you the lowest price in the land and with NCIX they have always treated me well on pricematch.
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