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So... I'm building a PC (I will have enough money by next year), and was wondering your opinions on it. I'm willing to take suggestions. It's an AMD build, and my budget is $1000 (no perifs.). Could switch to Intel or stay AMD, just seeing what is best for my budget. Looking for some upgradeability. (By the way, I'm Canadian, just in case you need to know.)

Here it is so far (Tigerdirect.ca links...):

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.40 Ghz
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5692033&CatId=4431
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1006280&sku=A271-6877
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990-FXA-UD5
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=667674&sku=G452-1041
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412141&CatId=4534
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X Internal DVDRW Drive SATA
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1896527&sku=S203-8588%20OEM
HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive 500GB SATA 6GBps 7200RPM
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&sku=TSD-500AAKX
PSU: Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4558896&CatId=2533
Case: Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6430030
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4434989&sku=C283-1202

Total so far (shipping + tax): $992.73 CAN

So, suggestions are welcome, and thanks in advance! :)
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  1. Copied from one of the stickies:

    Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of this year, or early 2013

    Budget Range: $1000 before rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD Video Editing

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.tigerdirect.ca www.newegg.ca

    Country: Canada

    Parts Preferences: None

    Overclocking: Maybe
    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
  2. Best answer
    I think I'd ditch that build entirely - the AMD X4 is not anywhere even remotely close to any Intel offering. Ultra PSUs are flat-out garbage, avoid them like the plague, and you can get a much better case and video card for that price.

    Try something like this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - $79.99 ($10.00 MIR)
    PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H - $119.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $109.99
    Optical: Lite on DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99 ($15.00 MIR)

    Total: $1,024.92 - $45.00 MIR = $979.92

    If you don't want to pay for the 7870 then drop the video card to the 7850 and you'll come out under budget. You could also upgrade your board and CPU to this if you want to overclock:
    - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
    - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
  3. I would not get that proccessor the card is fine but other than that it is not a good buy

    i5 2500k $200

    and what g unit listed for everything else

    but for the build you listed it dont matter who is first, but your last with that cpu. Keep the graphics card though I am getting that one and it is a great card for the price.
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    I think I'd ditch that build entirely - the AMD X4 is not anywhere even remotely close to any Intel offering. Ultra PSUs are flat-out garbage, avoid them like the plague, and you can get a much better case and video card for that price.

    Try something like this:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - $79.99 ($10.00 MIR)
    PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H - $119.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $109.99
    Optical: Lite on DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99 ($15.00 MIR)

    Total: $1,024.92 - $45.00 MIR = $979.92

    If you don't want to pay for the 7870 then drop the video card to the 7850 and you'll come out under budget. You could also upgrade your board and CPU to this if you want to overclock:
    - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
    - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504


    Thanks a bunch, depending on price drops etc. etc., I will definitely get this, or even something better when the time comes. Thanks again!
  5. newtzy33 said:
    Thanks a bunch, depending on price drops etc. etc., I will definitely get this, or even something better when the time comes. Thanks again!


    Hey as long as I can stop people from buying crap brands like Ultra and Apevia, totally worth it. :lol:
  6. Best answer selected by newtzy33.
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