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July 3, 2012 9:51:08 PM

Hi I need to build a new computer for one of the workers at my work. It is just for basic use (ie. word, excel, internet)

I live in canada and want to spend the least I can. It should still be pretty fast.

I would like to use NCIX.

any help would be nice. :D 

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July 6, 2012 10:43:04 PM

Here's a build that is just over your $400 budget...about $430 at time of the build. Personally, I would upsize the HDD to a 1TB 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda for another $10. Assembly/testing fee is extra (up to $50...or PM $25 at Infonec). Monitor, keyboard and mouse are extra. You could save $12 by going with a Celeron G530.

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

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.09 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($30.63 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)

Total: $429.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 7, 2012 12:09:30 PM

id get the build provided above but i would drop the video card since the intergrated graphics is just as good

for the power supply, id go with the pc and power cooling mk3 400w instead as antec doesnt do a great job in their low cost power supply units

do not get a celeron. you will sacrifice way too much performance by droping 12 dollars

actually, this system isnt such a bad deal. has more performance

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-de...

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July 7, 2012 11:19:25 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id get the build provided above but i would drop the video card since the intergrated graphics is just as good

for the power supply, id go with the pc and power cooling mk3 400w instead as antec doesnt do a great job in their low cost power supply units

do not get a celeron. you will sacrifice way too much performance by droping 12 dollars

actually, this system isnt such a bad deal. has more performance

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-de...


It's an Antec HCG-400 (Seasonic) at $38.88. PC Power & Cooling PPCMK3S400 (Seasonic) at $49.99...$11 more.

I still prefer dedicated graphics. Like TheBigTroll has said...you could delete this for budget reasons.

That Acer only has a 220 watt power supply. There have been $399 HP refurbs with either i3-2120 or A8-3800....I would either one over the Acer.

The Celeron isn't that bad...it's commonly used on budget gaming PCs.

Dave
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July 7, 2012 11:31:44 PM

220w is more than enough for a single i3 540. you wont be expanding anything anyways.

id rather not go with refurb stuff. dont trust them
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July 7, 2012 11:49:36 PM

TheBigTroll said:
220w is more than enough for a single i3 540. you wont be expanding anything anyways.

id rather not go with refurb stuff. dont trust them


My last two computers have been refurbs....4+ years on my current one..paid $299 and taxes. 90 day warranties typically.

Many years ago, NCIX didn't charge for PC assembly and testing...the good old days. Have had NCIX build 2 of my past systems.

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July 8, 2012 12:00:29 AM

still, ncix makes systems for a great price unlike those other brands
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July 15, 2012 1:05:50 AM

I just bought a prebuilt pc for $250. It has 6gb ram 1 tb hd and i3. Thanks for your guy's help. I am going to make the above pc soon :D 
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July 22, 2012 1:15:16 AM

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