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February 10, 2012 9:43:22 PM

So im about to build a new budget gaming pc. Then my friend offered me his pc for $350.
I live in Canada so I don't have access to the cheap prices and free shipping. So im leaning on buying the computer here it is:

• Windows 7 Home 64bit
• 320GB+220GB Hard drive
• 4 gb RAM
• GeForce GTS 250 1GB
• Intel Duo Core E8400 3Ghz
• Asus P5Q Pro Turbo board
• 550W Coolermaster power supply
• CD DVD Burner
• Antec case

If I go with the i3 build ill be spending up to 600-700 including OS.
So what do you think is the best option?

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February 10, 2012 9:48:11 PM

Show us your i3 build:) 
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February 10, 2012 10:02:35 PM

Intel Core i3 2100
Corsair XMS 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333
Gigabyte Radeon 6850
Coolmaster case
500GB HDD
Gigabyte h61 mobo
CD DVD optical drive
OCZ Modular 550w PSU
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February 10, 2012 10:04:52 PM

aknoon said:
Intel Core i3 2100
Corsair XMS 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333
Gigabyte Radeon 6850
Coolmaster case
500GB HDD
Gigabyte h61 mobo
CD DVD optical drive
OCZ Modular 550w PSU


You should be able to build an i3 system with most of those parts
for under $600 INCLUDING OS.
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February 10, 2012 10:25:49 PM

I already looked.
My options are NCIX.ca, memoryexpress, and directcanada.ca

You can give it a shot.
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February 10, 2012 11:05:16 PM

aknoon said:
I already looked.
My options are NCIX.ca, memoryexpress, and directcanada.ca

You can give it a shot.


Wow, had no idea how much higher the prices were on all the parts in Canada.
My i3 build cost me about $449 using all brand new parts, and includes OS (no video card though).

Your friends build should be good if you upgrade the video card.
Swapping the CPU and MOBO when Ivy Bridge comes out is also an option.
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February 10, 2012 11:14:51 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Wow, had no idea how much higher the prices were on all the parts in Canada.
My i3 build cost me about $449 using all brand new parts, and includes OS (no video card though).

Your friends build should be good if you upgrade the video card.
Swapping the CPU and MOBO when Ivy Bridge comes out is also an option.


Yep, quite a bit more. Thanks for your opinion.
Is it worth $350 or am I over paying for these older components?
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February 10, 2012 11:43:06 PM

Apex SK-393-C Mid Tower ATX Case - 24.48
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=22510AC0061&v... Computer

Antec Basiq 430W ATX12V V2.2 80PLUS 80MM Quiet Fan ATX Power Supply - 43.54
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC9197&v...

Intel Core i3 2100 - 120.55
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD7933&v...

Intel BOXDH61CRB3 mATX H61 LGA1155 DDR3 Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - 79.38
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4711&v...

Kingston HyperX Blue KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory - 25.56
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12410BD2815&v...

Lg GH22NS90 Super Multi 22X Sata Dvd Writer - 15.99
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR2270&v...

MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti OC 950MHZ 4300MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2xDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card - 112.30
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD3432&v... M2D1GD5/OC&manufacture=MSI

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM 3.5IN Sata Internal Hard Drive - 79.79
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC9911&v...

Total after MIR + Free Shipping through directcanada.ca = 501.59

Sheesh Canada is expensive...
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February 10, 2012 11:43:21 PM

I don't know prices in Canada, but have you looked at new pre built machines?

I am wondering if they may be a better option for your budget.
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