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March 2, 2012 12:04:47 AM

Hello,
im wondering if anybody could help me choose some parts for a budget gaming rig, $375-$400 is my budget range. and i live in canada

thanks alot guys appreciate the help

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approx purchase date: near future, about 2-3 weeks
budget: $375 - $450 CAD
sys usage from most to least important:surfing internet,gaming
all parts needed, starting from scratch
preferred website: newegg.ca, directcanada.ca, tigerdirect.ca
canada
parts preference: no real preference, just whatever is cheapest (within reason, i would prefer not to buy absolute
junk to save $$
overclocking:no
sli/crossfire:no
monitor res: 1080p if possible although it doesnt need to be. probably too high for a budget cpu. anything at or above 1280x1024


other comments: monitor, keyboard, mouse not required, already have ones in mind, just included incase you guys know of a combo deal or something along those lines

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March 2, 2012 2:10:00 AM

Depending on what games you expect to play, thats not a terribly great budget. My budget gaming system I just built about 2 weeks ago ran me $912. You can go cheaper than that, but plan to spent at least 700 for something thats gonna do serious modern gaming. I'm going by American dollars btw, I'm not sure of Canadian conversion rates.
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March 2, 2012 6:32:20 PM

the_creed4 said:
i would love to help, but i need a bit of information. First of all do you have experience building a computer? and second, could you please fill this form out

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

It would help a bunch and then we can get started


yes i do have some experience, just finished building one for myself. this is for my brother, i just need help with the parts. and sure ill fill that form out.
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March 2, 2012 6:48:11 PM

the_creed4 said:
i would love to help, but i need a bit of information. First of all do you have experience building a computer? and second, could you please fill this form out

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

It would help a bunch and then we can get started

filled it out, added to my first post
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March 2, 2012 7:05:29 PM

GG16rzr said:
filled it out, added to my first post



Let me see what I can do with that.. Uhh... you said gaming was least important. Keep in mind, what I'm going to come up with probably will play modern games terribly, if at all.
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March 2, 2012 7:32:13 PM

oh oops, i meant to put that as most important, sorry
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March 2, 2012 7:40:17 PM

It is my humble opinion this system is heavily limited by your budget. While this will probably be adequate depending on what sorts of games you are wishing to play and in what quality settings, it is my opinion you would ultimately be happier if you saved some more money to have a better budget. But if this is not possible, this is what I can do for you:


CPU- Phenom II 720 tri-core $80. In my opinion this is superior to the similarly priced i3s (one man's opinion, however does not make a fact the i3s are dual cores, most modern games call for quad cores even though games as of today do not effectively use more than 2) http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Fan and heatsink (as its not included with that CPU) -$30 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
There are better fans on the market, this is not a great one, but it is sufficient. Being that I recommended a "Black Edition processor", which denotes that their multiplier is unlocked for easier overclocking, it may be worth spending a few more dollars for a better fan and heatsink to turn up the multiplier on that CPU to make up for its lacking stock performance. Black editions are made for overclockers.

Motherboard- MSI 760GM-P23- $60 Very bottom of the barrel for this brand, but MSI is a very competent manufacturer. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM- Patriot 8GB kit- $30 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Graphics- GTS 450- $110 Not my favorite card on the market in terms of performance, but it does at least use GDDR5 RAM for the memory, which is the latest version http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 250GB- $70 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Case Basic, didn't even notice the brand- $36 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Power supply Corsair Builder Series 430watt- $20- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... I don't recommend cheap power supplies, but you can look at my Member Configuration to see what brand I trust to power my systems.


CD Rom/DVR-Writer[/b] (use your old one to save a couple bucks) $18- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Total cost: $454
Finally, you'll still need an operating system. I'll leave that decision to you, as it puts you over the stated budget. I personally got Windows 7 for free through my college, so it doesn't get figured into my $912 system that I mentioned to you earlier. Maybe someone else can quote you on a cheaper system with better/similar features, so don't rush off and buy parts yet.


Edited due to original quote having inadequate power supply/case combo.
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March 2, 2012 7:51:27 PM

ok thanks, ill wait for your response
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March 2, 2012 7:53:21 PM

GG16rzr said:
ok thanks, ill wait for your response


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March 2, 2012 8:01:52 PM

cool thanks alot, this really helps. how do you think this pc will fair on games like skyrim and battlefeild three?
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March 2, 2012 8:04:28 PM

GG16rzr said:
cool thanks alot, this really helps. how do you think this pc will fair on games like skyrim and battlefeild three?



Will it play them? I think it will yes. Don't expect it to play them in maxed out settings though. But you never know, it might surprise you.
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March 2, 2012 8:23:56 PM

no i definitely didnt expect max settings. i geuss well see eh? thanks again for your help.
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