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May 9, 2012 5:56:39 PM

Hello,

I hope this is the right place.

I'm looking to upgrade my brother's computer. That's his specs:

CPU: DualCore AMD Athrlon 64 X2, 3800+

MOBO: Asus A8N-SLI Premium

Memory: 2GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2x1GB)

VGA: 2x Asus NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT (256MB)

HD: 160GB Western Digital Sata + 40GB Western Digital ATA + 40GB Maxtor ATA

Power Supply: CoolerMaster 600W

Case: Some generic poopy one, impossible to manage cables.

What I am looking for

Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks Maximum

Budget Range: $350CAD after rebates. ( i could go up to $400CAD if case is included)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light gaming (GTA4 on medium), mostly internet and movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power supply (CoolerMaster 600W Extreme power plus)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesnt matter

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Doesnt matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: None.


Thank you for your recommendations!!!

More about : 300 350 upgrade

May 9, 2012 7:28:37 PM
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May 9, 2012 7:52:47 PM

His CM PSU should not be treated as any more than around 450W: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eX...
That review (and many others like it) is why I will no longer buy any CM product, because I do not care to support a dishonest business.
An i3 (or even a lowly Pentium) are your best cheap choice, but you'll still need a GPU. Something like a HD6670 would use very little power and still outperform his current SLI setup.
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Anonymous
May 9, 2012 8:07:55 PM

Intel Core i3 2120 $116.46
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4011&v...
ASRock H61ICAFE $87.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1333MHz (4Gb) $ 14.88
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_31...
XFX Radeon HD 7770 $134.99 After Mail In Rebate:$124.99 CAD
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68528&vpn=FX777AZNF4&...
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case Sale Price $ 39.99 Mail-in Rebate -$10.00
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112...

TOTAL W/O MIRs 384.31

i know no hard drive. you *could* get a pentium G820 for $25 less but that still would not leave enough for a HD. your brother will wet his pants from what he is upgrading from :lol: 
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May 9, 2012 8:53:14 PM

Here's a possibility:
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM - $16
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

DIYPC SW-9001 Black SPCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $20
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $80
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $66
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 100326DDR3L ) - $80 (plus $15 rebate)

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS - $23
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor HDZ560WFGMBOX - $100
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Total: ~$385 (not including shipping and not taking into account $15 rebate)
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May 9, 2012 10:26:21 PM

Looniam's build will be much stronger in games than an AMD replacement for anywhere near the same price.
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May 10, 2012 3:57:18 AM

Anonymous said:
Intel Core i3 2120 $116.46
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4011&v...
ASRock H61ICAFE $87.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1333MHz (4Gb) $ 14.88
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_31...
XFX Radeon HD 7770 $134.99 After Mail In Rebate:$124.99 CAD
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68528&vpn=FX777AZNF4&...
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case Sale Price $ 39.99 Mail-in Rebate -$10.00
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112...

TOTAL W/O MIRs 384.31

i know no hard drive. you *could* get a pentium G820 for $25 less but that still would not leave enough for a HD. your brother will wet his pants from what he is upgrading from :lol: 



Looks like an awesome built.. I think i will go with this one... thank you so much!
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May 10, 2012 3:57:29 AM

Best answer selected by Orgazia.
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May 10, 2012 4:06:31 PM

Anonymous said:
Intel Core i3 2120 $116.46
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4011&v...
ASRock H61ICAFE $87.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1333MHz (4Gb) $ 14.88
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_31...
XFX Radeon HD 7770 $134.99 After Mail In Rebate:$124.99 CAD
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=68528&vpn=FX777AZNF4&...
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case Sale Price $ 39.99 Mail-in Rebate -$10.00
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112...

TOTAL W/O MIRs 384.31

i know no hard drive. you *could* get a pentium G820 for $25 less but that still would not leave enough for a HD. your brother will wet his pants from what he is upgrading from :lol: 


The memory is out of stock, should i go with this one
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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Anonymous
May 10, 2012 7:42:00 PM

yes! about any 1333 CL9 1.5 volt works :) 
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