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June 18, 2012 10:59:13 PM

So i have picked out 2 builds.

Antec One Mid-Tower Gaming ATX Case Black 3X5.25 5X3.5 2X2.5 Front USB3.0 Top Rear 120MM Fans No PSU $39.99

Video card - AMD Radeon HD 6850 - PCI Express 2.1 - 1 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM
$176.57

ASRock H61M-HVS mATX LGA1155 H61 DDR3 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 SATA2 HDMI VGA USB2.0 Motherboard
$59.98
LG GH24NS90 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW M-DISC Compatible Optical Drive Black OEM
$16.99
Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
$142.60
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply
$74.99
G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory
$46.99
Seagate Momentus 320GB SATA3 7200RPM 16MB 2.5IN Thin Internal Hard Drive
$64.98

This intel build vs this amd build


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box $109.99

Thermaltake Commander Black ATX Mid Tower Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS $55.47

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $30.98

ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio CrossFireX Motherboard
$99.99
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual Channel Memory Kit
$58.98
Video card - AMD Radeon HD 6850 - PCI Express 2.1 - 1 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM
$176.57
Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
$59.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD
$79.98
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
$24.98
Amd Build = 696$ Intel Build =623$ Now my budget ill make 700$ So i think the amd build is the best it can get for 700$, but the intel can it be better for 700$? This is my final check, so can you guys help me out maybe change some things if theres better, but using this website only! Ncix.ca now i dont care if its intel or amd, i just want a fast computer for 700$ that runs mw3 maxed if possible. Thanks!

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June 18, 2012 11:47:33 PM

I like the Intel build better.

You should get a lot smaller PSU, like a 550W. Save you some money there and it's all you need.

You could get a slightly faster processor, like the i5-2400 or upgrade your GPU just to help future proof your system a little more since you would still have at least $80 left in your budget on the intel build.
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June 19, 2012 2:45:30 AM

moehog0 said:

Amd Build = 696$ Intel Build =623$ Now my budget ill make 700$ So i think the amd build is the best it can get for 700$, but the intel can it be better for 700$? This is my final check, so can you guys help me out maybe change some things if theres better, but using this website only! Ncix.ca now i dont care if its intel or amd, i just want a fast computer for 700$ that runs mw3 maxed if possible. Thanks!


Hey man,

I actually think you can do better by combining both of those builds for the best price to performance.
The first thing you need to do is pick your CPU: Intel i3-2100/2120 or AMD Phenom II X4 965; then you should tailor your motherboard needs around that.

The rest of the build should be the same: CASE, PSU, HDD, ODD, RAM, GPU etc.
I'll make a list for you in a bit... a little busy at the moment.


PS. I am also from Canada. I make all my purchases from NCIX as well BUT their prices are high compared to other online Canadian e-tailers. What I suggest you do, is look at the other canadian websites and then do a simple price-match online (this is REALLY easy) so you can save the absolute most. In the end, you are still purchasing all your components from ncix.ca, but with the cheapest price in all of Canada.

Canadian Sites to look at:
www.ncix.ca
www.memoryexpress.com
www.newegg.ca
www.tigerdirect.ca
www.canadacomputers.com
www.directcanada.com (usually has the cheapest EVERYTHING)
www.bestdirect.ca
www.computers-canada.ca

I'm sure this will save you a lot of $$$!
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June 19, 2012 3:18:33 AM

For the best bang for buck PC, realistically, pricing should be as follows:

CPU: Intel i3-2100 - $120
http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&...
-----> How about an Intel i5-2300? -$180
-----> http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&...
MOBO: ASUS/GIGABYTE H61 LGA1155 Motherboard - $50
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=66933&promoid=1360

OR

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 - $110
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965F...
-----> How about an AMD FX-4170 - $135
-----> http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD0233
MOBO: ASUS/GIGABYTE AM3/+ Motherboard - $50
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=61189&promoid=1360


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue (1TB @ $85; 500GB @ $70)
ODD: Any brand for less than $20 (Samsung, ASUS, Sony, LG, etc.)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 [2x4GB] 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v ($45)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 ($45 after MIR)
CASE: ANTEC Gaming Series ONE ($30 after MIR)

*GPU: Best bang for buck is the 'Radeon HD6850' ($115 after MIR) or 'NVIDIA GTX460' ($115 after MIR). However, some of the newer graphics card seem to offer good value as well. GTX560 ($150), GTX560TI($200), GTX480($200) GTX570 ($230), HD7850 ($230).

For the best gaming experience, calculate how much you've spent on the first 7 components listed above (everything except the GPU)... and then spend the rest of your budget to buy the best GPU you can afford. This will give you the best gaming experience for your money.
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June 19, 2012 3:31:33 AM

A few things to note:

The Intels listed above do not provide much over-clockability so the stock cooler will the fine.

AMD Phenom II and FXs will allow overclocking so if you want an aftermarket cooler, the CoolerMaster Hyper212 EVO is a good inexpensive choice for $20-$30. OR, I see a lot of bundles... maybe the lower price tag will appeal to you.
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=72946&vpn=X4%2095...
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=72950&vpn=X3%20B7...


Lastly, the motherboards I linked you are the minimum. They are fully functional and has everything you need for gaming, however, they will not offer much upgradability for the future. If you want to future proof things, you should probably buy a motherboard (I only recommend ASUS and Gigabyte) with more/newer features. I personally do not suggest spending the money in this area because the LGA1155 & AM3+ sockets are at their end and have no real upgrade path. By the time you want to upgrade, newer things will have come out and it would probably be a smarter idea just to build a new system all over again.

Good luck, let me know if you need further explanation.

Btw, check my signature for an example of a $700 build.
In addition to all of that, I upgraded a few things and increased case airflow:

NZXT Sentry Mesh 30W Fan Controller
4x Cooler Master SickleFlow LED 120mm case fans
1x Scythe 'SlipStream' Kaze Maru2 140mm fan
1x Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000 120mm fan
+ Wireless N MicroUSB Ethernet Adapter
+ All-in-one card reader.
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June 19, 2012 3:48:18 AM

Im somewhat confused, can someone just simplify it haha. I only need this computer not for extreme gaming, just the call of duty series, other online fps shooters like for nexon.net, and little games like that. I want to record games aswell. Maybe a little editing but not to intense. Should i go with the amd 700$ build, or a intel 700$ build, if you think intel or amd, can you post me the best bang for the buck build possible for 700$ from a canadian website only though. Thanks for all the replies they helped a lot but really i just need to pick a build and go with it i dont think ill need to over clock or crossfire or anything just a easy build for normal gaming no Battle field or anything or diablo or any of that just the games i listed above. If these builds could include a keyboard and mouse nothing special, a nice cheap 1080p monitor , and still run those games that would be great, but if not then dont include them! Thanks guys hope to see the replies and builds!

PS: The 650$ build here i was looking at its actually pretty good! Can it get any better for 700$ or just better? http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
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June 19, 2012 4:14:17 AM

moehog0 said:
Im somewhat confused, can someone just simplify it haha. I only need this computer not for extreme gaming, just the call of duty series, other online fps shooters like for nexon.net, and little games like that. I want to record games aswell. Maybe a little editing but not to intense. Should i go with the amd 700$ build, or a intel 700$ build, if you think intel or amd, can you post me the best bang for the buck build possible for 700$ from a canadian website only though. Thanks for all the replies they helped a lot but really i just need to pick a build and go with it i dont think ill need to over clock or crossfire or anything just a easy build for normal gaming no Battle field or anything or diablo or any of that just the games i listed above. If these builds could include a keyboard and mouse nothing special, a nice cheap 1080p monitor , and still run those games that would be great, but if not then dont include them! Thanks guys hope to see the replies and builds!

PS: The 650$ build here i was looking at its actually pretty good! Can it get any better for 700$ or just better? http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore


Okay, I understand what you're saying... I think I've said too much!

Go for this. This will suit your needs very well.
All from NCIX.ca as you requested. COD MW3 maxed out at whatever resolution you're playing at.

CPU: Intel i3-2100 - ($120)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58339&promoid=1027

MOBO: MSI H61 LGA1155 Motherboard ($50)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=70523&promoid=1360

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($70)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58402&promoid=1027

ODD: ASUS DVD Writer ($20)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=49597&promoid=1027

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz 1.5v ($50)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57078&promoid=1027

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 ($45 after $30MIR)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ...

CASE: Zalman Z9 PLUS Case ($40 after $10MIR)
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Pl...

GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD7850 ($250) + FREE GAME
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69558&promoid=1027

Total: $685 w/ $40 Mail-In-Rate = $645CAD. ftw.

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June 19, 2012 4:22:54 AM

rex000 said:
Okay, I understand what you're saying... I think I've said too much!

Go for this. This will suit your needs very well.
All from NCIX.ca as you requested. COD MW3 maxed out at whatever resolution you're playing at.

CPU: Intel i3-2100 - ($120)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58339&promoid=1027

MOBO: MSI H61 LGA1155 Motherboard ($50)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=70523&promoid=1360

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($70)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58402&promoid=1027

ODD: ASUS DVD Writer ($20)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=49597&promoid=1027

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz 1.5v ($50)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=59431&promoid=1027

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 ($45 after $30MIR)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ...

CASE: Zalman Z9 PLUS Case ($40 after $10MIR)
http://ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Pl...

GPU: XFX Radeon HD7850 ($240)
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=72930

Total: $675 but you get $40MIR = $635CAD. win.


That sounds great thank you haha all i need was it like that. With 65$ to spare thatll get me a mouse and keyboard and some new speakers probably. Thank you sir! I will see what others have to say for another day but i think this will be the best bet!
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June 19, 2012 4:25:42 AM

moehog0 said:
That sounds great thank you haha all i need was it like that. With 65$ to spare thatll get me a mouse and keyboard and some new speakers probably. Thank you sir!


You're very much welcome.

I actually changed the GPU to a different Radeon HD7850. It is $10 more, but it's 2GB of VRAM instead of 1GB which is better.
Also, it comes with a free game, so you might want to check that out.

Cheers
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June 19, 2012 4:27:44 AM

I will probably look into that gpu might be a little better for in the future gaming?
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June 19, 2012 4:33:01 AM

It's the same GPU, just with more VRAM and a free game for $10. I would do it..!

Also, NCIX probably won't ship the first one I linked anytime soon.. so the second one is a better choice.
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June 19, 2012 4:34:48 AM

Alright sweet, so all together with shipping im paying 715$ thats a pretty dam good deal in my mind!
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June 19, 2012 4:37:54 AM

Very nice.

Tax in Canada is insanely high, I think so at least.
+ you get $40MIR after that so is it $675?

Good luck with your build. I'd be happy to give more advice should you need it in the future.
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June 19, 2012 4:48:09 AM

Alright and yea 12% ugh and Enviroment handeling fee to i believe for BC. And yes theres the rebate aswell.
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June 19, 2012 10:46:23 PM

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