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Budget Family Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Possibly the next few months (3-4)

Budget Range: $500, could possibly stretch about $20 more

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, doing projects (typically spreadsheets), viewing photos, listening to music, and maybe light to medium gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Probably AMD based because I think it's more of a bang for the buck, but an Intel based could be considered as well

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1024x768 up to 1440x900?

Additional Comments: Prior to the building of this desktop (hopefully), our family has been using a 2011 acer laptop for almost all that we do that involves a computer. And now that I'm going to be in university, I'm gonna need to take the laptop with me and the family needs to have a desktop computer to use. They aren't the hardcore users and typically just use it in an average way. But I don't want the desktop to "struggle" when more demanding tasks are needed to do (editing photos, transferring considerable amount of data, watching movies, and whatnot) in case they run into something like that :D I know I could not have the latest systems and such but I just want it to be able to at least run decently with all the programs and tasks that it would meet in like 2-4 years.

So here's the build I got so far:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 460
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=851802&sku=A79-0460

RAM: Crucial 2x2GB
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3356613&sku=C19-6044

MoBo: MSI 760GM-E51
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5633669&sku=M452-6081

Case: Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6430030&sku=C283-3122

OptiDrive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4829307&sku=L12-1312%20OEM

HDD: Western Digital WD3200AAKX - 320GB
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=160426&sku=TSD-320AAKX

PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4465483&sku=C283-1220

Fan: Masscool Blue LED 120mm
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6251757&sku=S457-4004

So yeah, it's gonna be my first time picking parts and assembling a pc and I tried to do as much research as I can. I don't know guys, I know you could most likely suggest a better build for me which could stick to the very tight budget we have. Any comment/suggestion would be appreciated! :)
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  1. Here's my suggestion:
    CPU: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Processor - $76 (with shipping)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
    Offers overall improvement in performance/power consumption over Athlon II X3 460 plus keeps future upgradeability.

    RAM: OK

    MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $66 (with shipping)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    Case: OK

    OptiDrive: OK

    HDD: OK

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $54
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    Cooler Master eXtreme PSUs are crap. Go with Corsair builder series.

    Fan: Masscool Blue LED 120mm
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicat [...] =S457-4004
  2. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7295297&CatId=6983 A much better cpu to be honest. And doesn't cost much more then your choice. I love amd don't get me wrong but for its price it performs really well.
  3. @ujaansona: Thanks for the suggestion! Yah, that CPU would be good for an average use I guess. With the MoBo you've suggested, I would be able to upgrade to an i3 2100 or if possible to an i5 in the future right? And one more thing, would you mind suggesting me the other parts that I could pick from newegg? I think it's easier if I purchase all the parts from only one store. :D

    @zolton33: I know, it's a much more better CPU than the AMD but it's price right now which is just $15 more ($99 vs $85), is only because it's on sale and it sadly ends today. Its regular price is $125 which is $40 more than the X3 460 xD
  4. You'll be able to upgrade to i3/i5 later.

    Quote:
    would you mind suggesting me the other parts that I could pick from newegg? I think it's easier if I purchase all the parts from only one store.


    All right. I'll do that in few minutes.
  5. Best answer
    ODD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM - $20.49
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    2 year: $11.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    CASE: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $49.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094

    HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $49.99
    $20.00 USD Mail-in Rebate
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory - $25.49
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145278

    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $64.99
    -$10.00 Instant - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    CPU: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $69.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399

    GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card with Eyefinity - $99.99
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    2 year: $16.99
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161379

    Grand Total:* $489.90
  6. Your previous build had no discrete GPU. Since you'll do light/medium gaming, I took the liberty to add one within your budget.
  7. Thanks! It's a very decent build, helped me out with the CPU/MoBo config :) Although I'm a bit worried because some of the parts have rebates that are due at like the end of Feb. and I think I could buy these at 2 months later at the very minimum. Whatever, some alternatives could maybe be present that have rebates too at that time.

    And one last thing, with the GPU, I think they could bare with much lesser ones as they only do very light gaming and very mild graphic-intensive stuff. Could you suggest a GPU that costs around 20-40 bucks less? I don't mind having DDR3s for now as I could possibly upgrade it in the future. :D
  8. For a bare minimum, get this GPU:
    XFX Radeon HD 6450 512MB 32-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - $40
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150581
  9. Alright, thank you so much for your help! :)
  10. You are welcome. :)
  11. Best answer selected by SetZ.
  12. If you are putting a 6450 in there, why not just use the amd apus? Afterall they are as powerful or better than the 6450. Plus, you also get a QUAD core for the same price. The A8-3850 is 135$ right now, and its like getting a quad cpu+6550 GPU. Much better deal IMHO. Ofcourse, go with intel build if you intend to upgrade that system after like 2 years down the line. If you dont, imho, the amd apu is a better option. GL!!
  13. Going with with the A8-3850 would save me from buying a GPU that's true. But yeah, I plan to upgrade the system in the future to maybe an i5-2xxx. I know by that time, it's going to be significantly "slower" than the Ivy Bridge and Haswell but whatever its for the family anyways, they don't need a blazingly fast computer. Haha.

    Thanks for the suggestion anyways!
  14. Intel Pentium G620 with Intel HD Graphics 2000 is quite adequate for light gaming, HD video playback. So it's not mandatory to have a discrete GPU.

    @SetZ: Thanks for selecting as best answer.
    :)
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