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Jumping on the USB 3.0 / DDR3 / USB 3.0 Bandwagon

November 20, 2012 6:54:53 AM

Greetings Tom's Hardware,

Since my gaming desktop's 4 GB of DDR2 RAM has become a tad restrictive lately, I've decided to take the oppurtunity to jump on the USB 3.0 / DDR3 / USB 3.0 bandwagon and 1) upgrade my desktop and 2) build a second PC (for light gaming / office / internet etc.) using my venerable supply of spare parts and whatever else is required.

The Basics
Purchase Date: This month
Budget: C$400 - $500 (including 13% HST)
Location: Toronto / Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Preferred Sites: CanadaComputers.com, TigerDirect.ca, Newegg.ca
Overclocking: No
SLI / Crossfire: Not likely
Notes: Would like the motherboard to have 4 RAM Slots

Current Desktop
Spoiler
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo
Mobo: Asus M4A785-M
RAM: Mushkin Silverline 4 GB DDR2-800 (2x2GB)
GPU: Asus Radeon 6850 1 GB
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM
PSU: CoolerMaster Extreme Power Plus 600W
Chassis: Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower
Monitor: Asus VH196T-P 19? Widescreen (1440×900)


Gaming Desktop Upgrade

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Keeping

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo - Keeping

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 Socket AM3+ - $59.99 ($10 Discount $15 MIR)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

RAM: Patriot Viper 3 Mamba Black 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz - $54.99 ($10 Discount, $25 MIR)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

GPU: Asus Radeon 6850 1 GB - Keeping

SSD: OCZ Agility 4 128GB SATA3 6GB/s 2.5" - $84.99 ($20 Discount, $10 MIR)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?item_id...

SSD Bracket: Vantec 2.5" to 3.5" Mounting Kit - $7.99
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...

I don't think the Antec 300 has 2.5 Drive Bays

HDD: WD Green 2TB SATA3 6Gb/s 64MB - $99.99 ($10 MIR)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

PSU: CoolerMaster Extreme Power Plus 600W - Keeping

Chassis: Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower - Keeping

Monitor: Asus VH196T-P 19? Widescreen (1440×900) - Keeping

Second PC

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz AM3 - $71.99 + $6.99 S/H
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo: Asus M4A785-M - From Desktop

RAM: Mushkin Silverline 4 GB DDR2-800 (2x2GB) - From Desktop

GPU: EVGA GTS 250 1 GB - Spare Parts

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM - From Desktop

Chassis / PSU: Cooler Master TC-102 Mid ATX HD Audio w/500W PSU Black - $ 42.99
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...

Monitor: Acer 19" - Spare Parts

Optical Drive: Some HP Drive - Spare Parts

Misc: External HDD

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200 RPM - Spare Part
HDD Enclosure: Vantec NexStar CX 3.5'' SATA to USB 3.0 - $24.99 ($10 MIR)
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

Subtotal: $439.92
Total: $497.11 (after tax)

As always, would appreciate your suggestions / comments
!