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Build a PC around $800

Hi guys,

I am looking for help to find parts to build a PC around ~$800, give or take.
This will hopefully be purchased as soon as possible.

The price is tentative, and so I can probably do more or less than that.
Rebates are a bonus, so the price is before rebates.

The PC will be used to run programs such as:
--Adobe Photoshop
--Adobe Flash Professional
--Open Canvas... etc.
And maybe even moderate gaming, but nothing too crazy. (Games like Spiral Knights or Dragon Saga, but I play at the lowest settings always)

I do still need things like a keyboard, (I have a mouse), and a monitor, but these don't need to be included as part of the budget.
For the monitor, I don't need a gigantic one, just a comfortably sized one.

I don't really care for sound, so speakers and all that are unnecessary.
I also don't care about the aesthetics of the case or anything like that, but something that doesn't sound like a motor or a hairdryer would be a bonus.

I'm okay with buying from any website, but I like buying new parts and not used parts. Other then that, I have no preference when it comes to brands.

I have never overclocked before, and so chances are, I won't be trying it anytime soon.

Also, I don't need an OS included in the pricing because I can get these free from school (some kind of deal they have), but I will most likely be running Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit), unless there is an alternative recommendation.

Lastly, my country is Canada. (Alberta to be more specific)

Any help is appreciated, and I am aware of the flooding, and thus the pricing.
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  1. I wouldnt suggest getting people to tell you what parts to get. Only you know what you really want/need and exactly what you're going to use it for.

    If youre really only looking to do some editing and older games with no regard for graphics or sound you could get a perfect PC for less than $800 even including a monitor and mouse.

    What computer are you using right now? what do you want to change about it/upgrade? Thats really where you should start.
  2. maxwelbr said:
    I wouldnt suggest getting people to tell you what parts to get. Only you know what you really want/need and exactly what you're going to use it for.

    If youre really only looking to do some editing and older games with no regard for graphics or sound you could get a perfect PC for less than $800 even including a monitor and mouse.

    What computer are you using right now? what do you want to change about it/upgrade? Thats really where you should start.


    Thank you for the reply :D

    And currently I'm a student so I'm using a Mac Laptop. The only problem with it is that I lose some compatibility with programs I want to use, even when using wine. I don't want to run parallels either.

    But I see, thank you.
  3. Although info provided is solid can you fill this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  4. aznshinobi said:
    Although info provided is solid can you fill this out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice



    Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks

    Budget Range: ~$800

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Making high resolution illustrations, to simple gaming. Sound is not important.

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, OS, Mouse, Speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: As long as it ships to Canada

    Country: Canada

    Parts Preferences: No preference

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: Depends on the monitor

    Additional Comments: Aesthetics for the box is not of concern, and I have a USB wireless adapter
  5. As mentioned before, Your really the person who has to choose the parts, BUT I am currently looking for a build for $800 for my brother, so this picture of a summary of parts may be useful to you.





    That build should run most the stuff you throw at it. The only thing thats wrong with it possibly could be the proccessor, and if so I'd suggest upgrading the one in the picture for a X6 Phenom or such.


    EDIT:

    Just noticed the photo's Blurry so I'll type up the parts...

    - AMD Phenom II X4 840 (I suggest upgrading that to a X6 though)
    - ASUS GeForce 550 Ti
    - Sharkoon T5 Value Case
    - Corsair 4GB (Dual Channel 2x2GB)
    - Antec EarthWatts 650W Green
    - Seagate Barracude 1TB
    - ASRock 880 GMH AM3 Motherboard
    - And some cheap Optical Drive.


    As I said this built is really on a budget, aswell as that I do suggest you thoroughly research these parts, I put this list together in about 10 minutes so I haven't actually checked to make sure the parts fit 100%.
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  7. Zigiy said:
    As mentioned before, Your really the person who has to choose the parts, BUT I am currently looking for a build for $800 for my brother, so this picture of a summary of parts may be useful to you.





    That build should run most the stuff you throw at it. The only thing thats wrong with it possibly could be the proccessor, and if so I'd suggest upgrading the one in the picture for a X6 Phenom or such.


    EDIT:

    Just noticed the photo's Blurry so I'll type up the parts...

    - AMD Phenom II X4 840 (I suggest upgrading that to a X6 though)
    - ASUS GeForce 550 Ti
    - Sharkoon T5 Value Case
    - Corsair 4GB (Dual Channel 2x2GB)
    - Antec EarthWatts 650W Green
    - Seagate Barracude 1TB
    - ASRock 880 GMH AM3 Motherboard
    - And some cheap Optical Drive.


    As I said this built is really on a budget, aswell as that I do suggest you thoroughly research these parts, I put this list together in about 10 minutes so I haven't actually checked to make sure the parts fit 100%.


    I'm just looking for some ideas ^^ I will definitely do my part and research through all of this, but thank you for the replies
  8. The build that I suggested would give you much more performance for the CPU end, you get the Memory to render, the GPU will be much better than a 550 Ti. Specially since the 560 is about 2 tiers up from the 550 Ti, and the MB gives you room for SATA 3 and USB 3 plus you get more PCI space if you plan to SLI.

    i5 2400 vs Phenom 955
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=363
    GTX 560 review
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-6.html
    Clearly the 560 beats out the 6790, the 6790 is even better than the 550 Ti. So you can see how far down on the tiers the 550 Ti is.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6790-barts-gpu-geforce-gtx-460,2917-5.html
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  10. aznshinobi said:
    The build that I suggested would give you much more performance for the CPU end, you get the Memory to render, the GPU will be much better than a 550 Ti. Specially since the 560 is about 2 tiers up from the 550 Ti, and the MB gives you room for SATA 3 and USB 3 plus you get more PCI space if you plan to SLI.

    i5 2400 vs Phenom 955
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=363
    GTX 560 review
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-6.html
    Clearly the 560 beats out the 6790, the 6790 is even better than the 550 Ti. So you can see how far down on the tiers the 550 Ti is.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6790-barts-gpu-geforce-gtx-460,2917-5.html


    Thank you for your replies :) I will still have to look through everything, but you gave me what I wanted to see.
  11. No Problem! Good luck!
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