First Computer Build

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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  1. 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=N82E16819103872

    GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX $60
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128455

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $35
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM $40
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    XFX HD-667X-ZAF3 Radeon HD 6670 [ with free game ] $100
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150545

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

    You also need a dvd drive
  2. 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=N82E16819103652

    As for M/B I think this is your best option (Msi 870-g45):
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1549&vpn=870-G45&manufacture=Others

    But here are some alternates anyways:
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0388&vpn=790X-G45&manufacture=MSI
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9804&vpn=870A-G54&manufacture=MSI

    Here is a better vid card too (HD 5770):
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD4966&vpn=EAH5770%20CUCORE/2DI/1GD5/A&manufacture=ASUS
  3. 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=N82E16819103652

    As for M/B I think this is your best option (Msi 870-g45):
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD1549&vpn=870-G45&manufacture=Others

    But here are some alternates anyways:
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0388&vpn=790X-G45&manufacture=MSI
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9804&vpn=870A-G54&manufacture=MSI

    Here is a better vid card too (HD 5770):
    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD4966&vpn=EAH5770%20CUCORE/2DI/1GD5/A&manufacture=ASUS



    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
  4. 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.
  5. 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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