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$550 build need advice before buying

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July 18, 2012 12:40:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: in 2 days or a week

Budget Range: $550 NOT including taxes or shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but not included in this budget

Reusing : 200gb HDD and optical drive

Do you need to buy OS: No (using Windows XP from HDD (its a oem version but some posts say that you can still use it, so hopefully it works))

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canadian sites like NCIX.ca newegg.ca tigerdirect.ca directcanada.com

Location: Canada Ontario Toronto

Overclocking: most likely not

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: (buying a monitor, keyboard, mouse, separately from this budget. looking for a 1080p monitor under 130$ in case anyone knows a good monitor at that price)


the best parts i found are

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($115.69 + free shipping @ DirectCanada)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ NCIX)

Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.75 @ NCIX)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)

Power Supply: Silverstone 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.04 @ NCIX)

Total: $538.75

im wondering if the CPU will bottleneck the GPU and if you guys can find better parts or build at this budget i would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance :) 


July 18, 2012 12:54:26 AM

Well first off with the OS, putting a new motherboard on the same windows install is going to leave a huge pile of cobwebbs and is not recomended. Do you have the OEM WinXP CD? Also is it a 64bit version of XP? If it's only 32-bit then you can only use about 3GB of RAM. The rest will just be wasted unless you use it as a cache, pagefile, RAMDISK function.


No the i3-2120 will not bottleneck your GPU. The i3 is a great CPU and will hold up for about anything. It's not ideal for heavily threaded games and apps but it will still perform better than AMD's offerings.
July 18, 2012 1:05:42 AM

Looks pretty good....went with a different PS (OCZ 550 watt ZS series). I typically prefer ATX boards...but that's at least another $20 or so. JonnyGuru's review of the OCZ 550 watt ZS series got a 9/10: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Should go with Win7 if you can. XP getting old in the tooth. Also, 200 GB HDD isn't much these days.

Read that only a few games like BF3 will be impacted by the i3.

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.75 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)

Total: $533.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 18, 2012 2:32:05 AM

i think my xp was 32 bit, im currently using a cheap laptop that has 64bit windows 7 oem, wonder if i can put this windows 7 into the other 200gb HDD? im guessing not right? also when i got the computer i got 3 cds (computer is HP Pavilion a1524n and i bought it from futureshop)

im fine with 200 gb HDD but il think about getting windows 7 i guess but its kinda expensive XD
July 18, 2012 2:33:03 AM

thanks for the recommendation david i'll go for that power supply then
July 18, 2012 2:48:37 AM

Win7 home premium OEM is less than $100. Or try to find the win7 CD for that laptop.
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