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Last response: in Systems
January 6, 2012 5:34:56 PM

Hey folks,

I am looking into building a computer for my fiancee to replace her aging laptop. I am not in a huge hurry and I may snag items piecewise, depending on sales that I see over the coming weeks. But for ease of item selection and timelines (yay perpetual upgrades!), let's say I am buying now. As you will see by the build, I am not looking for anything powerful.

When it all boils down to it, I need a case, PSU, mobo, CPU, RAM and storage. Bundled deals will probably work well for me.

Approximate Purchase Date: For the purpose of this thread, lets say no later than this weekend.

Budget Range:( e.g.: 600-800)Before / After Rebates: Cheap! $500 would be nice (before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web surfing, taxes, music and maybe some light movie watching. When I say light, I mean light. We have a full HD HTPC setup in the works for TV/Movies.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, GPU (on board to start... could MAYBE add a cheap GPU in the future)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: Canada

Here's a preview of what I was able to toss together in 5 minutes:

Category Image Item Description In Stock QTY Price Ext. Price
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
(BX80623I32100) (sku: 58339) In Stock 1 $133.86 $133.86
CPU Cooling Please Use The Heatsink Included With My CPU -NOT Available With OEM Processors
(STOCK-COOLER) (sku: 33130) In Stock 1 $0.98 $0.98
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 mATX LGA1155 H61 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound Motherboard
(GA-H61M-DS2) (sku: 66933) In Stock 1 $64.99 $64.99
DDR3 Memory (RAM) Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit
(CMV4GX3M2A1333C9) (sku: 45301) In Stock 1 $24.99 $24.99
Computer Case AGAiT Vento TA-891 ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB
(TA-891/NPS) (sku: 54899) In Stock 1 $32.98 $32.98
Power Supply Seasonic SS-350ET 350W ATX12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan OEM
(SS-350ET) (sku: 30144) In Stock 1 $38.90 $38.90
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
(GFC-02050) (sku: 45271) In Stock 1 $119.98 $119.98
Hard Drives Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM
(ST31000524AS) (sku: 58746) In Stock 1 $149.98 $149.98
DVD Writer LG GH22NS70 Super Multi 22X SATA DVD Writer Black OEM
(GH22NS70) (sku: 60731) In Stock 1 $24.99 $24.99
No assembly $0.00
All quoted prices are in CANADIAN DOLLARS $591.66

Parts Preferences: Not too picky here, although I am more partial to Intel CPUs.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: A clean looking case is a must. I am building for a woman here folks... nothing that looks like a tank/alien/phallic structure please!

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