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May 5, 2012 1:58:16 PM

Nothing too fancy here, just trying to squeeze out the best performance (system speed, gaming, etc.) with a budget of 650$ CA. I've experimented with nearly every combination in this price range, and this seems to be the best I can come up with. I'll be using my old case (an Antec SX-1040B) Let me know what you guys think.

MOBO: BIOSTAR A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard = $42.99

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS = $59.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor = $111.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 = $144.99

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM = $40.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive = $99.99

FANS: 4 x MASSCOOL FDC08025S1M 80mm Case Fan = $13.96

INTERNAL PC: APEVIA Model CVTPWSW 25" Power switch cable for computer cases that connects to the motherboard = $3.99

EXTERNAL PC: Link Depot Model POW-6 6 ft. Computer AC Power Cable = $6.79

SCREWS: Link Depot LD-SCREWSKIT Screw Kit = $4.49

OPTICAL: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Internal Model IHAS324 = $19.99

KB & M: Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop = $19.99

SPEAKERS: Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System = $10.99

SHIPPING: $20.89
TAX: $30.10

GRAND TOTAL: $632.13

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May 5, 2012 2:20:15 PM

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May 5, 2012 2:44:11 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
This is an Ivy Bridge build from NCIX...


Thanks ScrewySqrl, that's a great build. I've transferred the same components to newegg.ca with a few modifications and it seems to work. I'm just worried the 450w will be too weak to power the system with a 6850. I've read the max power load for that card is around 230w. I'm sure that'll work for now, but since the PSU wears over the years I'm not clear if that'll create any problems later on (say in 2-3 years time). I'm definitely leaning towards the Ivy Bridge though, if for no other reason than the apparent reliability attached to the new Intel chips.
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May 5, 2012 3:11:30 PM

Apollo_is_Dead said:
I'm definitely leaning towards the Ivy Bridge though, if for no other reason than the apparent reliability attached to the new Intel chips.

If you read CPU lineup articles, recommendations are heavily to Intel's advantage at just about every price point except for IGP where AMD's is nearly twice as fast as Intel's HD4000.
May 5, 2012 3:27:43 PM

Apollo_is_Dead said:
Thanks ScrewySqrl, that's a great build. I've transferred the same components to newegg.ca with a few modifications and it seems to work. I'm just worried the 450w will be too weak to power the system with a 6850. I've read the max power load for that card is around 230w. I'm sure that'll work for now, but since the PSU wears over the years I'm not clear if that'll create any problems later on (say in 2-3 years time). I'm definitely leaning towards the Ivy Bridge though, if for no other reason than the apparent reliability attached to the new Intel chips.



The antec PSU has a 3-year warranty. same with the Corsair CX 430 that I use with the same card.
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