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May 26, 2012 7:28:36 AM

Hey guys,

I am planning on purchasing components for building a $600 budget gaming build this week and would really appreciate some advice from experts.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $600-$700 (After Rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, direct canada, best direct, memory express, tiger direct

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Trustworthy brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is the build I have:

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB


Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H


GPU: MSI R7770 Radeon HD 7770 OC 1GB


RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3


HDD: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III


Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Case


PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w


A few questions I have:
Are all the components compatible?
Are any components "bottle necked"?

Thanks for your time.
May 26, 2012 2:34:18 PM

Yes that's a good Setup Dude go Ahead and no bottneck since the i3 has Hyper threading
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May 26, 2012 3:14:55 PM

Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ 116.99
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4011&v...

MSI H77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 89.96
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=28220BD3090&v...

AMD MEMORY Performance Edition 8GB PC3-12800 CL8 DDR3 SDRAM 39.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX37579

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 OC 820MHZ 2GB 229.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71702&vpn=11188-22-20G&ma...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB 77.67
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR9541&v...

Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 500W 44.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=35940&vpn=RS500-PCARA3&ma...

Coolermaster Elite 371 39.98 After rebate
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59734&vpn=RC-371-KKN1&man...

639.57


you can go cheaper with a H61 motherboard

MSI H61M-P21 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 51.99
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0755&v...
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May 26, 2012 3:20:09 PM

Alright, your on the right track. There are a few changes I would like to make if I may;

Changed;

Motherboard; [ATX formfactor]
BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 [Now: $109.99 + $7.49 Shipping / $10 Rebate]
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphics Card;
Was: 7770 Now: 6850
Reason: The 6850 offers much more performance and costs the same as the 7770. It also has more mature drivers since it's been around longer.
As you can see from this benchmark [via link below] The 6850 is superior to the 7770 overall except for power consumption.
Benchmark:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

6850;
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_55...

And viola... with these two changes, you now have extremely good Performance vs Price Ratio.
All parts compatible and no, nothing is bottlenecked in your current build


~Coffee

Quick Edit: Don't go for a mATX [MiniATX] Motherboard because those are extremely annoying to work with [Physically] and also keep in mind that every part in your PC should be cherry picked to make the most of it. Going cheap on a motherboard [Key component that interconnects ALL your other parts is not a good way to do it]
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May 26, 2012 3:55:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8UrU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8UrU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8UrU/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $600.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-26 11:24 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2012 4:38:15 PM

I've got an idea of what to put together, but are you looking for a 700CAD limit or 700USD limit? Kind of a big difference there.

Also, why does everything have crazy shipping costs in Canada?
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May 26, 2012 5:58:34 PM

Wow thats for all the replies guys. I will go for the ATX form factor mobo, but I might stick with the 7770 because I was looking for lower power consumption.
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May 26, 2012 5:58:55 PM

Best answer selected by solidstool.
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May 26, 2012 6:07:47 PM

7770? 6950 is way faster..
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May 27, 2012 12:04:15 AM

Thanks tinnitus. Unfortunately due to some bad history with buying computer parts online, I have decided never to do it again.
So I have limited myself to whatever parts Memory express has. I then find cheaper deals for those parts online and use Memory Express's uber price match guarantee.
I looked for 6950, but Memory Express only has one model. I personally dont like HIS.
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