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August 18, 2012 10:15:03 PM

Hi, i'm hoping to build my first computer since the last one has run its course, and i was wondering if i could receive some assistance. Unfortunately, i have no experience in this field; however, i'm keen on learning. While my current budget is extremely insignificant, i'm ultimately hoping to have the ability to upgrade upon the first build. The computer will be used primarily for simple tasks (eg; internet browsing, downloading/streaming movies)

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $500 taxes included (CDN dollars)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, watching movies, light gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except hard drive (have a seagate barracuda 1.5tb HD)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (ideally windows 7 home)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect

Location: Manitoba, Canada

Parts Preferences: intel core i3 2120 if budget permits (otherwise no preference)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768


Considering the small budget, i have also considered simply buying a preassembled computer and was wondering if the specs are reasonable in relation to the price, and whether it would allow for future upgrades
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Thank you to any members of the community who can spare a few moments and assist me in this build. I am extremely grateful for the help.


August 19, 2012 2:23:34 AM

Personally, I would upgrade the power supply to a 450 watt XFX Core Edition Pro series for $45 after a $10 MIR at NCIX.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.25 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P25 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.71 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.01 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $425.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-18 22:24 EDT-0400)
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August 19, 2012 3:51:37 AM

Thanks for the list David, i appreciate the help.

Would that build allow me to use the HD i already have? And how big of a difference would the extra 20W make in the long run?
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August 19, 2012 4:05:58 AM

canuck20 said:
Thanks for the list David, i appreciate the help.

Would that build allow me to use the HD i already have? And how big of a difference would the extra 20W make in the long run?


Yes, you can use that HD....if you have any extra budget ($50=$100), get a SSD for your OS and main apps and use your 1.5 TB for storage only. It's not the watts...it's quality....XFX (Seasonic) is a better quality power supply. Some people have complained about noise whine in the Corsair Builders Series (CX).

Dave
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August 19, 2012 4:15:01 AM

Here:

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($60.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.82 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 360 ATX Mini Tower Case ($38.86 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $421.61

Buy 1x 120mm fan and 3x 80mm fans for that case
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August 19, 2012 5:02:04 AM

As of right now, this is where i'm at:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.25 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ?
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.71 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Case: ?
Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)

Despite being on a tight budget, would it be more beneficial to go with the ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($60.97 @ Newegg) over the MSI H61M-P25 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX)?

As for the processor, i'd rather go with the Intel i3-2120 in place of the AMD A8-3870k simply based off of feedback that it's more reliable longterm. Is there any truth to that?

I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question, but does the Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express) include fans? If not, what would i need?

Thank you both for your input!
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August 19, 2012 4:26:02 PM

canuck20 said:

Despite being on a tight budget, would it be more beneficial to go with the ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($60.97 @ Newegg) over the MSI H61M-P25 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX)?

As for the processor, i'd rather go with the Intel i3-2120 in place of the AMD A8-3870k simply based off of feedback that it's more reliable longterm. Is there any truth to that?

I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question, but does the Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express) include fans? If not, what would i need?


That Asrock FM1 motherboard is for an AMD CPU, not Intel. There are plenty of H61 or other LGA1155 motherboards that you can use with the Intel i3-2120. If you have no future plans for overclocking, you can get futureproof by going with a slightly more pricey H77 motherboard....probably another $30+....this gives you the ability to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU like an i5-3xxx or i7-3xxx in the future....more features like USB 3.0, SATA 3, etc.

I did find a good deal on a low budget bundle at Tigerdirect.ca for an AMD build for $130 after $35 MIR...savings of $100 or so:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

I am considering this as a budget system.

Here's a review on the Zalman Z9 case:

http://www.3dgameman.com/reviews/1211/zalman-z9-cases

There are other cases in the $30-$40 range like the Bitfenix Merc Alpha. Around $50, you can get the Cooler Master HAF 912 which is very well regarded. If you need to add some case fans....120mm can had for $10 or so (look for the low noise 20 dB models).

Dave
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August 19, 2012 7:40:09 PM

Thank you for the detailed response David.

Despite being on a budget, i hope to eventually upgrade upon this build, so going with the H77 motherboard seems to be the ideal course of action.

Based on your suggestions, i've concluded on:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.25 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.71 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)

When i do upgrade to an i7 (and eventually a middle end graphics card), what would you estimate that i should upgrade my power supply to?
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August 19, 2012 8:07:13 PM

You shouldn't upgrade to an i7. LGA 1155 is coming to an end when Haswell comes out.
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August 19, 2012 8:13:34 PM

I've upgraded the power supply to a 550 watt power supply...it's better to size your power supply for your future requirements....this is good for most single graphics cards that are power efficient (not SLI or crossfire).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.99 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.71 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $495.64
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-19 16:12 EDT-0400)
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August 20, 2012 2:34:02 AM

David, i sincerely appreciate all the work that you've put in for me. This community has been unbelievably helpful, and i thank you all.
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August 20, 2012 2:36:27 AM

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