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September 2, 2011 6:31:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next couple of days


Budget Range: $650- 750


System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the web, gaming, photoshop

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: AMD CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I'd like it to be able to run startcraft 2 on ultra and black ops med-high.

Case: Cooler Master haf 912

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 Evo ATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 970 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI USB3.0 SATA3 GBLAN

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 6 Core Processor 3.2GHZ Socket AM3 Retail Box

DVD: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

HD: Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 Limited Edition 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card

DDR3 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

PSU: Antec Earthwatts Green 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan

Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

$755.50 CAD
$725.50 CAD including rebates


Any suggestions for improvements would be appreciated

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September 2, 2011 6:59:05 AM

I highly doubt that any build under $1000 can run SCII on Ultra. Sorry. But you'll probably do fine on med-high.

I would wait for the new bulldozer AMD processors to arrive later this month, as they're about $50-$75 more and 3-4x as good.

Once you get some extra cash, buy another 6850 and run them together. Then, with the bulldozer, you'll probably be able to run Ultra.
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September 2, 2011 12:12:32 PM

For gaming and surfing the web, here's a better CPU for a cheaper price:

A few amd quads

On top of that, since your in Canada, check this deal out. I've got one of these on the way right now:

$169.99 GTX 560
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September 2, 2011 4:53:58 PM

My system is a 1090T and crossfire 5770's and I have no problem running SC2 on extreme @ 1920x1200. Before I xfired my gfx a single 5770 could run ultra at 30-40 fps.
With the 6850 should be fine running ultra.
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September 2, 2011 5:14:38 PM

QwertyMusicMan said:
I highly doubt that any build under $1000 can run SCII on Ultra. Sorry. But you'll probably do fine on med-high.


IJust built my <$600 rig (after rebates) and can run SC2 on Extreme . Stock i5-2500k and single Superclocked GTX 460 SE.
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September 2, 2011 5:16:35 PM

For surfing/gaming as your priorities a AMD Phenom II X4 980 black edition would be both cheaper and provide better performance (stock)
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September 2, 2011 5:24:35 PM

azianpzmaker said:
Approximate Purchase Date: next couple of days


Budget Range: $650- 750


System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the web, gaming, photoshop

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: AMD CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I'd like it to be able to run startcraft 2 on ultra and black ops med-high.

Case: Cooler Master haf 912

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 Evo ATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 970 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI USB3.0 SATA3 GBLAN

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 6 Core Processor 3.2GHZ Socket AM3 Retail Box

DVD: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

HD: Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 Limited Edition 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card

DDR3 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

PSU: Antec Earthwatts Green 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan

Software: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

$755.50 CAD
$725.50 CAD including rebates


Any suggestions for improvements would be appreciated


A couple of things... First like some other people have said, your better off waiting for bulldozer for many reasons. I wont relist them. Secondly I don't believe your ram is NOT supported by your mobo, however that doesn't mean it wont work, and in all likelihood it probably still will, however just something to be careful about.

Also I have a i7 860 and a Nvidia GTX 275 with 4 gigs of ram and SC2 runs just fine at full settings so I cant imagine yours wouldn't do the same. However I could be missing something
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September 2, 2011 5:28:24 PM

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
Motherboard : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $130
Graphics Card : XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $210
RAM : Gskill RipjawsX DDR3 1600 2x4GB - $55
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $60
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $20
PSU : Antec Neo Eco 620W - $50
Case : Your Choice - $50

Total : $695 after rebates

add $30 if you wanna get into hardcore overclocking and add a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ to my build.
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September 3, 2011 4:09:47 PM

Anyone knows the price and the aprox release date of the new amd bulldozer processors? I want to keep the budget around the same ($700-750).
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September 3, 2011 4:14:12 PM

All we really know is that theres a 90% chance its going to be by the end of the month lol.. Budget shouldnt change to much.. Will a little.
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September 3, 2011 4:16:22 PM

azianpzmaker said:
Anyone knows the price and the aprox release date of the new amd bulldozer processors? I want to keep the budget around the same ($700-750).


Uhh from what I've heard they'll be within the high 200 to low 300 range. Probably not a realistic option for your budget.
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