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$500-$600 system (balanced / multipurpose)

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June 11, 2012 4:17:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: one 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (WoW mostly), photo editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca (or any viable canadian site)

Country:( e.g.: India) Canada

Parts Preferences:by brand or type:none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Folks, please help. This is for two really great people in Canada who want to stay within a budget. They will build the system (first timers). They want to have a good experience playing World of Warcraft, (I also assume that they want to play a game like D3) but they need the computers for other purposes such as basic photo editing. In other words, they want more than just a gaming comp.

You folks were very helpful when I sought advice. I hope that you will provide the same awesome assistance for these good people. Thanks in advance for your insights!
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June 11, 2012 4:41:14 AM

there not much you can do with that little of money but here you go PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($86.10 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $618.14
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-11 00:39 EDT-0400)
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June 11, 2012 4:47:36 AM

Bigcyco1,

Thanks. I understand that you can only do so much. If they have the room to push the budget a bit, what's the next upgrade you would recommend?

Thanks again :) 
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June 11, 2012 4:48:39 AM

agree with bigcyco1, not a whole lot you can do with this budget. Open the budget up by another $200 and you can really start to let things fly, and build a much better machine, but as it stands you have a conflict:
Games require a fast GPU, and nearly nothing else. Photo editing requires a fast CPU, HDD, and a bunch of Ram, so when you need both at your price point then they work against eachother.
That being said, it looks like that build will do the trick.

Good luck!
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June 11, 2012 4:52:52 AM

Caedenv,

Thanks, I'm going to link this thread so they can see what the experts say. Apropos of nothing, I'm pleasantly surprised by the relative competitiveness of Canadian prices. I wrongly assumed that they'd be higher as they are with some other goods.
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June 11, 2012 2:36:24 PM

Hi folks,

If I could ask one more question: in the build above by bigcyco1, what upgrade would you make if you could push the limit to $700. Or would you just keep the build?

Thanks again!
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June 11, 2012 2:53:49 PM

Going up by $200? How about switching the Radeon 6850 for a Radeon 7850, the PSU for a 500w (preferably still Corsair brand, Seasonic, or antec), and the 4GB of RAM for 8GB? Also, I wouldn't get that motherboard. It's expensive for an H61. An H77 or Z75 would be better IMO. A Z77 could be even better, but would be needlessly expensive for the i3-2120.
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June 11, 2012 8:25:33 PM

the system will get the job done for photo editing (editing does not have the same real-time requirement of games), I would focus the extra money on a better GPU, and then a PSU to support the upgraded GPU. The core system of the CPU, mobo, and ram is pretty solid. After upgrading the GPU it would be bigger/faster HDD or SSD, then 8GB of ram instead of 4GB, then I would start looking into a faster processor, or more featurefull mobo
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