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January 15, 2012 2:11:53 PM

Hello everyone , i used this site to make my new computer up , and im totaly satisfied , and it goes so well , can't compare to my old one!!!!

But now my friend just asked me to make him a new computer too !!! and since he saw mine he really wants something in the same range

Since im not all about the new parts , and everything i though about asking over here !!!

so here are the info !!!

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably gonna be getting in this week or next one

Budget Range: looking for a computer around 800-900$ CAD after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: It's all about gaming , so mostly new comming games !!

Parts Not Required: he dosen't need anything else , only the computer in itself

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Mostly gonna be using : , , , etc.

Country: Canada , Quebec city ( taxes are higher over here :(  llol

Parts Preferences: He would like to get those new Intel i5 at least ..... or if you can get me something that is as good at a cheaper price i would like it ( but post benchmarks just so i can see it's as good )

Overclocking: Maybe but he ain't all about overclocking so , not gonna be in a near future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe not at first but if the motherboard is SLI or Crossfire , might be looking into it

Monitor Resolution: dosen't need any monitor

Additional Comments: He wants a computer that can last at least 3-4 years , hes well aware that the computer wont be playing the new games in 2016 with max settings , but as long as he can be playing them on a regular basis with a decent amount of FPS hes gonna be happy !!!

he currently has a AMD64 X2 4000+ with a geforce 8600GTS .... so ... it tells you what he uses now !!!

thanks alot !!!!

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January 15, 2012 3:42:18 PM

I wanted to give him the same PC as i got , but i spent 1200$ for mine , and he dosent want to pay as much money as i did ....

so , since im not all about computer parts , i mean i know what mine has , but i don't know what i should downgrade or whatever for a 800$ - 900$ PC !!
January 15, 2012 4:53:38 PM

This is my current build:

CPU : I5 2500k
MOBO : Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard
RAM : Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit
GPU : MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lightning
PSU : Antec earthwatt 750
Hard drive : Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm
heatsink : CM hyper 212 plus
Case : CM 690 advanced

I shopped around for a few weeks and was able to acquire all these pieces for a bit less than 900$. The heatsink brought the final cost (tax + shipping) to just shy of 900$ with a few dollars to spare, but since your friend is not looking to OC, he should be ok.

If your friend is not the patient type, I suggest you buy all your pieces via MemoryExpress and PM via directcanada (sister company of NCIX) ME provides the best PMs you can get in QC (-25$ of the difference) and directcanada is the walmart of computer parts. Shop the sales that are currently on too ofc :p 

Bonne chance!
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January 15, 2012 5:31:20 PM

thanks , ill check memoryexpress out , directcanada is pretty cheap too !! and last time i checked they had free ground shipping , ill check if its still available !!!
January 15, 2012 5:31:44 PM

This is the build I'm using for my workstation:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
PSU: Corsair TX750
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
CPU: 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3-2120
RAM: 16GB Corsair XMS 3 PC12800 1600MHz 1.6V
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4
HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Optical: LG Super Multi BD-R Burner OEM
Optical: Plextor PX-880SA
Memory Card Reader: Atech Flash Technology Card Reader Pro 55U
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 470
OS: Windows 7 Pro
Monitor: Acer VH243H
January 15, 2012 5:56:46 PM

January 15, 2012 6:10:07 PM

i5 2500k
MSi z68A-GD80 B3
MSi N560Ti TF2 2-way SLI
G.SKILL ripjawsX 16gb 1600mhz cl9 ram
120GB SSD Force Series GT x2 (240GB)
Samsung SH-B123 Blu-Ray Combo Drive
ASUS 24x DVD writer SATA DRW-24b3ST
Corsair AX850W
Thermaltake Level 10 GGT
Noctua NH-D14
Noctua NF-P12 120mm (bottom fan)
Win7 Ultimate Full Product
Kaspersky IS 2012

thats without my monitor, i used to have gtx580 LXE 2-way sli, but some guy offered me more money than i bought it so i go ahead and sold it and plan to buy another set but they were not in stock so i just stayed with my 560ti and still doing good

and i bet you can get same as mine just those above at 2,500$ since the place i bought it is expensive
January 15, 2012 6:13:15 PM

ok using tigerdirect here, going to make another one using ncix

Processor: Intel i5 2500K = 229.99$

Mother Board: MSi Z68A-GD80 B3 = 266.99$

Video Card: XFX 6850 1GB GDDR5 = 129.99$

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 = 49.99$

PSU: Corsair TX850W (Modular) = 119.99$

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB = 89.99$

ODD: Samsung SH-222AB DVD Writer 17.99$

Chassis: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower = 39.99$

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 PLUS = 24.99

ok if my calculation is right it's 969.91$ USD the Mobo is good, open for future upgrades and the HD 6850 is a great card, it can play many games at high setting, also you can play bf3 with that card, at med-high settings.

btw the tx850w PSU is actually much more than enough for this build but it will leave you enough head room if you want to get another 6850 for crossfire(your friend) or if your friend can get 6950/6970 and then make it go for crossfire, but i do suggest that a 6850 in this day is still more than enough for our current game, should last you 2-3 years no problem, but if you ever feel that you need more power just buy another 6850 2 of them should be good for 2-3 years until some really mean game which our 6850 can't handle then it's time to upgrade to 6970's crossfire or if the 7970/7950's are cheaper by then in the same price of our current 6950/6970 then go for those,
January 15, 2012 6:42:45 PM

NCIX Version (ALL IN $ CAD)

Processor: 239.98$
Intel i5 2500K

Mother Board: 253.79$

Chassis: 52.25$
Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower

PSU: 129.99
Corsair TX850W

HDD: 97.98$
Seagate Barracuda 500GB

CPU Cooler: 34.98$
Cooler Master Hyper 212

RAM: 57.97$
Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4GB) CL9 1600Mhz

ODD: 24.72$
Samsung SH-222AL 22x DVDwriter

Video Card: 144.99$
Sapphire HD 6980 1GB GDDR5

NOTE1: on Sapphire 6850
($144.99 CAD
Savings Code 56384-1065. SAVE $19.44 off our regular price of $164.43 if you buy today! Special price ends 01/18/2012.)

Note2: on the MSI Board
(Reg. Price: $253.79 CAD
After Mail In Rebate: $233.79 CAD
Save $20.00 with manufacturer's mail-in rebate!
Valid from Jan 01, 2012 to Jan 31, 2012. Limit 1 rebate(s) per customer. Other conditions may apply.)

January 15, 2012 6:57:31 PM

not as many features ofc, but it does the job.
January 15, 2012 7:13:51 PM

well yes he can actually save on the mobo with that. but well i just like MSi ^_^

well those are 2 good build and just around your friends budget but hey, instead of building a 800$ CAD rig just fork in another 200$CAD and he can have a better rig which can be upgraded in the next following months or in 2-3 years just changing a few pieces, but for sure is that the PSU should last long for a couple of builds, also the ram, imo i advice not overclocking anything besides the cpu, less trouble and longer life, well it's just my opinion but as always all setup would be almost if not barely obsolete in the next 5-7 years ^__^
January 15, 2012 10:41:21 PM

Don't bother getting a new HDD now. It's too expensive now and not worth it IMHO. It's better to repurpose an old drive and put the dough towards better components.

I got 2x WD Caviar Blue 1TB HDDs for $120cdn total (not including taxes) a few months ago before the flooding in Thailand. Now only ONE of them costs around $130cdn (not including taxes)! I definitely suggest waiting it out.

Here's what I picked out. It's not the best, but I think it'll work as a gaming rig?

Using and doing Price Matching:

CPU: i3 2100 Price Match to Direct Canada – $121.99

MoBo: ASUS P8P67 Pro (REV 3.1) Price Match to Direct Canada – $155.76

RAM: G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 – 1.25v Price Match to – $50.99

PSU: Corsair HX650 650W Price Match to Direct Canada – $109.69

GFX: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr III Price Match to Direct Canada – $296.68

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R (white) Price Match to Direct Canada – $114.69

Subtotal: $986.43 Cdn before price match ($849.80 Cdn after price match) - not including taxes.

*Free ground shipping on entire order with the case selected*

This allows for your friend to upgrade later when funds become available. Can update processor to Ivy and OC it. Low voltage DDR3-1600 RAM allows headroom to OC it. The 560Ti 448 performs close to a 570 from my understanding.
January 16, 2012 3:05:52 AM
January 16, 2012 3:07:15 AM

i kinda took my comp , and lowered some stuff , removed the SSD , and etc. etc ..... but i came up with this for 950 , so is this nice ???
January 17, 2012 1:23:44 PM

well if that is 950$ it's better to just add a few more which is roughly 1000$ to 1050$, imo you would benefit more from it ^_^ but if you can find some for 800$ then it's another story, i'll look around and see what i can find to help you
January 17, 2012 1:39:15 PM

or choose the one for tiger direct its 961$
January 17, 2012 5:42:55 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
or choose the one for tiger direct its 961$

The problem is the friend is looking at new HDD and OS. That's approx. $200 out of the budget making it closer to $700 max for components.

If the friend reuses his HDD, that's a hundred more that go back into budget.

If the friend is not going to overclock, look at an i5 2400 and h67 or mATX boards. Save some money there to put into a better gfx card. Just a thought.