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August 9, 2012 11:00:18 PM

Hello, thanks to Reddit's BuildAPC, I've finally managed for the first time to construct a build. I've come over here to ask for a second opinion of sorts, and see if this build that was put together is viable. The main purpose of this is to play games, and while I am by no means a graphics enthusiast — I've put up with a Radeon 3850 for the past two years, and before that an integrated video card on a laptop for two years before that as well — I still want something that won't make my eyes bleed.

I prefer to use a 1920x1080 resolution, although it's not that big of a deal, to be honest. I already have things like a mouse, keyboard, and a headset. My budget is in the $700 range. I do not plan on crossfiring, or anything like that. The soonest I would upgrade this, which would probably be the video card, would be in the spring.

Here is the build:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core
MoBo: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB
PSU: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply
(I did not include the optical drive and OS, because it's not required to post, I think)

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eeMc

All in all, this should be in upper $700 price range, nearing $800. Thoughts?

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August 9, 2012 11:46:22 PM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Although costing more, it'll give you a better GPU and CPU by far. You can always drop down to the i3 2120 if you feel the price range is better.

OS here (reliable and pretty cheap. The site is BBB approved with an A+ rating based in Utah): http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...


My apologies, I should have stated that I live in Canada. I checked out the site and it is charging $40 for shipping handling up to British Columbia, sadly.

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August 9, 2012 11:50:25 PM

AHHHH That does suck. Try checking out this site for free ground shipping for parts.
http://directcanada.com/

" $9.99 Air Shipping - Free Shipping on orders over $50*
Fast delivery with UPS, Fedex, Canada Post & Purolator!
* on most items - provinces only - some rural regions excluded
ground service for free shipping offer - other restrictions may apply "

Comes from their website at the top. But still, try checking out the build. Would strongly get up to at least a 6870 for modern games. That or a GTX 560.
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August 10, 2012 12:16:31 AM

aznshinobi said:
AHHHH That does suck. Try checking out this site for free ground shipping for parts.
http://directcanada.com/

" $9.99 Air Shipping - Free Shipping on orders over $50*
Fast delivery with UPS, Fedex, Canada Post & Purolator!
* on most items - provinces only - some rural regions excluded
ground service for free shipping offer - other restrictions may apply "

Comes from their website at the top. But still, try checking out the build. Would strongly get up to at least a 6870 for modern games. That or a GTX 560.


Hmm, I do know that the 6870 would be much better for me, especially since I'll wanting a 1920x1080 resolution, but isn't it $50 or so more dollars? It's not a huge difference in price at the end of the day, to be honest, but would it be worth it? On a side note, Computer Canada is selling 6870s for $120 at stores (not online)! But they're out east.
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August 10, 2012 12:24:02 AM

the 6870 is about $15- 20 more than a 6850 and worth it
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August 10, 2012 12:41:37 AM

Outlander_04 said:
the 6870 is about $15- 20 more than a 6850 and worth it


You're right, I was mistaken when remembering the price for the 6850. Thanks for the correction.

aznshinobi said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
If you are willing to travel or pay for shipping go with the Computer Canada 6870. It'll be well worth it.

6870 vs 6850
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=539


Now that I've been corrected about the price difference, I do believe I'll be going with the 6870 for sure. Thank you.
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August 10, 2012 12:55:25 AM

No problem, GL.
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