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$250 Gaming Computer Challenge

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June 21, 2012 11:10:09 PM

Just something for those who have the time.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $250ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hard drive (Bit expensive nowadays, but if you can fit it in Bonus Points ;D?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca/Tigerdirect.ca/NCIX.ca

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Yes

Additional Comments:Use rebates and coupons that are readily available. And have fun! ;D. Optimize accordingly based around gaming.
June 21, 2012 11:20:11 PM

LOGISYS Computer CS206BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer SOHO Case 480W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811148044 - $28.50
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
VisionTek V3850512PCIE Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $62
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1333 - $20
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Asrock H61 Mobo - 70
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Intel Pentium G630 -$68
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Total $249

I'd spend $50 more and get a decent Graphics Card
Also I wouldn't trust the PSU that comses with the case... but it is what it is...
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June 21, 2012 11:44:45 PM

Need to know what games you plan to play and at what resolution, please.
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June 21, 2012 11:52:06 PM

1280 x 720
Starcraft II
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June 21, 2012 11:52:47 PM

Pentium D 3.00GHz Dual Core Desktop Computer System 2011 with 1GB DDR2(PC2-4200) Memory, Intel GMA950 onboard graphics, Seagate 80GB Hard Drive, Combo SOHC-5236, On-board Gigabit 10/100/1000 MB LAN, and Windows XP Professional SP2 $79
http://www.directron.com/usedsystem2011.html
MSI N640GT-MD2GD3 GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-bit DDR3 $116 (including shipping)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Total $195 + $55 for shipping computer to Canada
Do I win?

I have no clue if it would game at all or just melt itself but I've been tempted to try it with one of those used units, lol. And it seemed to be the only way to get all the components within that budget. A GT440 would work for sure with it but...
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June 21, 2012 11:56:34 PM

Err maybe a sack of potatoes?
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June 22, 2012 12:00:24 AM

Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W 20+4 pin connector Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811147010
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$39.99
Subtotal: $39.99


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$14.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231253
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$23.99

AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD ...
Item #: N82E16819106002
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
BIOSTAR TA75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138333
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
-$13.00 Combo


$194.98
$161.98
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $10.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.
Subtotal: $200.96

Promo Code: $0.00
Grand Total:* $240.95
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June 22, 2012 3:30:33 PM

I really like the Rosewill Case/PSU combo. Well I really like the Case... The PSU sucks on both builds althought the rosewill PSU is likely superior... but I still wouldn't trust it...

I wouldn't get the A6-3670.. The Radeon 6530D is 6 tiers below the Radeon 3850.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

The system I recommended had a better CPU and GPU. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

They are in the same tier but the G630 performs slightly better
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June 22, 2012 3:36:36 PM

I actually think a showdown at this price range would be great for the SBM. I mean the performance gains seen by the $500 machine would really be put into perspective.
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June 22, 2012 4:19:35 PM

Hows This:

AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz + BIOSTAR TA75M FM1 Combo - $122

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

ZOTAC ZT-50605-10L GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 2GB - $50

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Team Elite 4GB (2x2) - $24

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W - $40

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Comes in at $253 without shipping costs
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June 22, 2012 4:28:10 PM

You can get my old pc for $200:
Intel core 2 quad Q6600
Gigabyte P35-DS3
Corsair ValueSelect RAM 2GB DDR2 677Mhz
Club 3D HD 3870 OC edition
Samsung Spinpoint 500GB HDD
Cooler Master Centurion 5
Zalman ZM500-HP 500W PSU

It meets the recommended system requirements for starcraft II :) 
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June 22, 2012 5:08:54 PM

pacioli said:
I really like the Rosewill Case/PSU combo. Well I really like the Case... The PSU sucks on both builds althought the rosewill PSU is likely superior... but I still wouldn't trust it...

I wouldn't get the A6-3670.. The Radeon 6530D is 6 tiers below the Radeon 3850.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

The system I recommended had a better CPU and GPU. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

They are in the same tier but the G630 performs slightly better


Wow, I had no idea the 6530D was rated that much lower. I didn't research that aspect when I put that setup together. I just guessed that the 3850 and 6530D would be about the same.

I like the Rosewill better too. Put the Rosewill case + PSU with the rest of Pacioli's setup and that should be good.
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June 22, 2012 5:31:03 PM

Pentium G620 $63.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PNY Optima 4GB $19.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Gigabyte GH61 mATX LGA 1155 H61 Motherboard $62.99
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=67556&vpn=GA-H61M-S2PV&man...

Rosewill Case+PSU $39.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 $58
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=69521&vpn=GV-R667D3-1GI&ma...

$244.96

The 6670 crushes every other card in this thread. It can play SC2 on Ultra with 30 FPS, even on a 1920x1080 monitor.
Can't believe no one else used ncix... :non: 
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June 22, 2012 8:29:46 PM

For $4 more you can get the G630 which is one tier above the G620... $4 for 100 Mhz is worth the speed bump especially on a non Overclockable system...

I started on NCIX but the prices were higher on most things so I gave up and went with newegg.
You win on the graphics card though... That NCIX sale special after MIR is a great deal!

also... Get the Gigabyte mobo from NCIX... Saves $7
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July 29, 2012 4:24:57 AM

NO OFFENCE BUT ALL ROSEWILL PRODUCTS ARE AT BEST POOR
Here is my recommendation

Cpu : Intel Pentium Dual Core G620 ( 2.6 GHZ , 3MB Cache)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

63.99$

it's pretty good for low end gaming and with a 6670 it squeezes out 40+ fps avg at AC2 and 34+ on Battlefield 3 if i were the would be amazing for ma money

GPU : Obviously the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

69.99$

Ram : 1 x Kingston 1333MHZ DDR3

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

10.99$

MOBO : Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2

Basic user abilities but you should be good with it the only thing i miss with it is 2 extra ram banks and 6 audio ports and don't look back to get a 2+ gpu crossfire or sli capable mobo it's fake just get a more pwerful single gpu

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

55.99$

case

here is the part where you will undoubtedly will say he is crazy and the psu is garbage and will break and put the pc to flames because in your country is nothing because they want you to buy a 200$ fancy cooler master case but believe it's gorgeous me and my cousin having been using hec cases and psu for years and it's perfect couldn't ask for more so trust but in your case i donot think you will look for hype with 250$

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

49.99

And that's a total of

250.95$ i wish you a cool gaming experience

By chance i found the closest rig i could demonstrate this rig's performance here is a dude with minor differences on his you can see the fps performance with your own eyes it is very good

http://www.youtube.com/user/dennyvevo?feature=watch
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July 29, 2012 6:37:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($105.05 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Gamer Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($33.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $244.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-29 02:37 EDT-0400)
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