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July 4, 2012 7:53:01 PM

Hello all,

I'm building a computer for my brother and I've picked out what seems to be the best of the best (for a budget gaming PC).



Intel i3-2120 CPU @ 3.3Ghz - $115

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 (G3) MOBO - $70 (after $20MIR)

Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $135 (after $30MIR)

Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v DDR3 RAM - $45

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB OEM - $40

Samsung DVD-RW Optical Drive - $20

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU - $45 (after $30MIR)

Apevia X-Trooper Junior Window Case - $30 (after $10MIR)

Belkin Wireless N USB Network Adapter - $15

nGear All-in-One Card Reader - $5

2x CoolerMaster R4 SickleFlow 120mm 2000RPM RED LED Fan - $10

NZXT 120mm High Performance Fan - $5

Total: $535 (after $90MIR)

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Anonymous
July 4, 2012 7:58:06 PM

a 700 watt psu is so overkill. the system as is will not hit a max load of 350 watts.
July 4, 2012 8:00:37 PM

I would get a 500W PSU, and invest the saved money into a better case and i5 3450.
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July 4, 2012 8:01:22 PM

The i5 will let you have a lot more programs open. Most games use 2 cores, so 2 cores on the i5 will be unutilized which can be used for having a browser open, playing music, etc.
July 4, 2012 8:02:42 PM

You're probably right. Can you guys point me to a good modular power supply? Under $45 please?

Much appreciated!
July 4, 2012 8:16:04 PM

Well, the PSU you have is good, it's just too much. However, 700W for $45 is a smoking deal.
July 4, 2012 8:17:11 PM

By too much, I mean the wattage.
Anonymous
July 4, 2012 8:19:26 PM

obsama1 said:
Well, the PSU you have is good, it's just too much. However, 700W for $45 is a smoking deal.

yeah and the mod stream pro is made by sirtec, just get a coolermaster then :( 
July 4, 2012 8:20:28 PM

OCZ PSU's have gotten a lot better. Check the review on Newegg.
Anonymous
July 4, 2012 8:25:54 PM

strictly depends on the series.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page1373.ht...
c'mon man! giving credibility to new egg customers?
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OEM - Sirtec built unit. ModXStream Pro 700W is a This one just doesn't like heat at all and uses less-than-stellar caps inside it (See below), and has a rather low +12V output for its overall capacity (552W out of its rated 700W- much lower percentage of its capacity avail. in +12V {~78%} as compared to other units of similar output, like the Antec TruePower 750W with 744W of its total capacity avail. on its +12V rails.)

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/7/323050/ShowThread.aspx
July 4, 2012 8:29:05 PM

Well, I'm not a PSU expert. :p 
July 4, 2012 8:30:17 PM

Well, a 500W or even 450W PSU will do fine. However, do get from Corsair, SeaSonic, etc.
Anonymous
July 4, 2012 8:46:26 PM

sorry boss no can do for under $45 best you'll get that will be "perfect"
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W $59.99 <-- modular
LEPA B550-SA 550W $59.99
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power $59.99

realistically a 450 watt can handle the rig as is. but the graphics card needs two 6 pin power connections and i personally try to avoid using adapters. but you could get way with:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 $44.99
under gaming conditions the system will peak @ 245 watts and max @320 when benchmarking.
July 4, 2012 11:38:10 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.

This is a budget build so I'm willing to go with the OCZ for the sake of being feature packed for a good price. Now if I were to build a GOOD build, yes, I would go for the i5 with a Seasonic PSU. But this is not the build for that.
July 4, 2012 11:43:48 PM

Before I rate this, are you getting all these parts new?
I am doing a new build mainly for the fun of trying to build an insanely cheap "gaming" PC,
and some of the prices you have are beyond me (My build wins on a few though =P ).

When I saw the 560ti as $135 I was thinking, "How in the hell................".
So is that 560ti price a typo, refurb, used or something else? :lol: 
July 5, 2012 12:45:09 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Before I rate this, are you getting all these parts new?
I am doing a new build mainly for the fun of trying to build an insanely cheap "gaming" PC,
and some of the prices you have are beyond me (My build wins on a few though =P ).

When I saw the 560ti as $135 I was thinking, "How in the hell................".
So is that 560ti price a typo, refurb, used or something else? :lol: 


Yes! Everything is brand new. I am from Canada so I look for online e-tailers then price-match it all at once @ NCIX and voila!

ZOTAC GTX 560 Ti - BRAND NEW
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...


I am trying to build a value gaming PC, but still trying to make it look aggressive (my brother likes flashy).. hence the Vengeance RAM and the X-trooper Jr window case... I will probably get some RED Cooler Master SickeFlow 120mm R4s for $5.



EDIT: I don't think it's necessary to get too worked up about the GTX560Ti... the GTX660Ti will released sometime soon supposedly.. so that will drive prices of old cards way down.





May I ask what your build is like?
July 5, 2012 12:50:13 AM

The only parts where I think could be cheaper...

Motherboard.. I've been an ASRock for $40.
DVDRW.. maybe like $10-15
8GB RAM ... probably less than $40.
Case... I almost got a case for FREE... $40 (with $40MIR)... should've bought it. It was the MSI NightHawk.

I wish a super huge sale would just come by, but I dunno ><"


BTW INSANELY CHEAPO --> Tigedirect Barebone PC (without HDD) - $120 last week!
July 5, 2012 12:59:19 AM

rex000 said:
The only parts where I think could be cheaper...

Motherboard.. I've been an ASRock for $40.
DVDRW.. maybe like $10-15
8GB RAM ... probably less than $40.
Case... I almost got a case for FREE... $40 (with $40MIR)... should've bought it. It was the MSI NightHawk.

I wish a super huge sale would just come by, but I dunno ><"


BTW INSANELY CHEAPO --> Tigedirect Barebone PC (without HDD) - $120 last week!


What about that 560ti? That price still seems too good to be true, especially if purchased brand new.


Anyways, my current build will consist of this as long as none of the parts are DOA:
$15 After Rebate EliteGroup H61 Motherboard
$18.XX Two X 2GB DDR3
$30 AR Antec PSU and Case: Check that MSRP: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You beat me on the hard drive though. I paid $50 for that WD that went on the Shell Shocker sale recently.
It was around 320GB I think. :( 
July 5, 2012 12:59:54 AM

I highly doubt NCIX will match a clearance price on a product (560ti) where canada computers has ONE left in stock... in Hamilton or something.

You may want to contact their customer support before getting yourself all excited for something so cheap.
July 5, 2012 1:18:57 AM

I was talking to the OP, I have no idea who you are unless you magically jumped on a different account.
Anonymous
July 5, 2012 1:36:05 AM

OH!
i knew there was something about that h61 board that was bugging me, besides saying cheap instead of value, it only supports ddr3 1066 or ddr3 1333. i doubt you will get very far with 1600 ram.

but hey, who knows, something magical could happen.
July 5, 2012 1:45:52 AM

Oh, I already bought the GTX 560 Ti from Canada Computers... I know it's not very likely that they would price match the clearance sales... so I just bought it :D  winwinwiwniwnwinwi

Now for the RAM, I know that it only supports DDR3 1333Mhz, which is fine anyway. I'mma try to get it to DDR3 1333Mhz CL8 >: D
July 5, 2012 1:48:35 AM

They have $15 motherboards.. wttfff??? Where? D:

I heard mixed opinions about ECS though.. something about fires ? LOL
July 5, 2012 2:00:42 AM

rex000 said:
They have $15 motherboards.. wttfff??? Where? D:

I heard mixed opinions about ECS though.. something about fires ? LOL


I have never heard of ECS catching fire, but I do know they are one of the lowest of the low when it comes to Motherboards.
Anyways, the $15 deal went live quite a few times: http://slickdeals.net/f/4684402-New-June-Rebate-ECS-H61...
July 5, 2012 2:06:25 AM

Yo man, the US has everything for cheaper than in Canada. Compare Newegg.com and Newegg.ca ; dafuq =="
July 5, 2012 2:07:14 AM

Btw, should I grab last GTX 560 Ti in Hamilton? My girlfriend goes to university there.. so I could just ask her to buy it .. But what do I do with it ? D:
July 23, 2012 1:52:51 PM

To follow up:

I just went through with the build I listed in OP, and I would have to say it is definitely worth the money that I spent.

This case is really small and everything has a tight fit, but I was able to manage the cables decently, and with the 5x 120mm fans installed, airflow is superb to the point where exhausted air is basically the same temp as ambient air . CPU and GPU both idle at ~35c, and get to about 65c under full load.

Windows Experience Index Scores (not that this really matters)
CPU : 7.2
RAM: 7.5
Graphics: 7.9
Gaming Graphics: 7.9
Hard Drive: 5.9 (time for an SSD...)
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