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December 1, 2012 7:14:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: in December around Boxing Day

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Producing electronic music, watching movies, streaming movies to Samsung 3D LED Smart TV

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, NCIX

Location: Toronto, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU and higher or AMD FX CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This PC should be able to handle call of duty games, be able to run Abelton, Cubase, FL Studio, Propellerhead Reason, Be able to hold alot of Mp3 files, 720p & 1080p HD Movies, i also have Logitech X-540 Speakers that i need to work with the new PC.

And Most Importantly, 6 year old, Pc way too slow, graphics card died. need to be able to have something that can multi-task better, not slow down the PC when holding HD Movie files.

If you have need more information please ask away :) 

Thanks in advance

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December 1, 2012 8:14:44 PM

Check out my $500-$650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
Drop the 7870 down to the 7850 -$60:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $560

The FX-6300 is a pretty solid chip and along with a solid 7850, you'll be able to game pretty well. Would suggest overclocking the GPU for better performance at 1080P but that's my suggestion.

The FX-6300 will be able to multi-thread much better than the i3 3220 which is what you can afford at this range.
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December 1, 2012 11:17:07 PM

Will it be able to run the production programs stable?
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December 2, 2012 2:50:44 AM

Yes, one hundred percent.
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December 2, 2012 3:24:43 PM

Can you also show me an intel build? :) 
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December 2, 2012 10:45:16 PM

Umm personally I wouldn't go for an Intel build, honestly at your budget range it wouldn't be smart to since to get a balanced gaming+multi-thread build you have to sacrifice graphics for the i5 3450. Not with it IMO when the FX-8320 is $10 less than the i5 3450 and has 8 threads plus the ability to overclock as well.
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December 6, 2012 12:33:39 AM

I'm liking the parts can you get the total cost to $500 like around $520 or so? :) 
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December 6, 2012 3:14:28 AM

Pretty much as $560 is as low as it gets, you could drop the PSU down to the CX430 and save about $15 and $20 after the rebate so that drops you down to about $535.
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December 10, 2012 2:33:04 PM

Will i have to update BIOS or anything when i install the FX-6300 into the AsRock 970 Extreme3? or will it all work? :) 
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December 10, 2012 2:58:54 PM

Intel buid :

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $546.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


If needed more gaming power, the i3-3220 will do for your needs and gets room for a 660 gtx :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/rPP4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/rPP4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/rPP4/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($185.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $552.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 10, 2012 4:33:29 PM

shihaab said:
Will i have to update BIOS or anything when i install the FX-6300 into the AsRock 970 Extreme3? or will it all work? :) 


It depends which revision of the board it is, Newegg might be able to tell you. Or you could ask them to update the BIOS before they ship the board, they might do that for you. Some retailers will.

Both the FX-6 and i3 would be fine to be honest. If your most demanding game is CoD, personally I would get an Ivy Bridge i5 with the HD 7770. The HD 7770 should handle CoD fine, probably on the highest settings or close enough.

The B75MA-P45 doesn't support 5.1 audio though. The ASRock H77M does, it's one of the cheapest boards I can find that would be suitable for the Intel build while running 5.1 audio.

Basically, anything i3/FX-4 or better with 8GB RAM and at least HD 7770 equivalent GPU is fine. Just depends where you want to drop the remaining cash, CPU or GPU. CPU is better for making the build last longer before replacing the mobo/CPU and also better for the audio stuff, GPU is better for gaming. I'll just point out, the HD 7850 is a hell of a lot better than the HD 7770 so it is a nice option as well.
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December 10, 2012 7:55:05 PM

Realtek ALC887 supports 7.1 audio, it's the audio on board of the B75MA-P45
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December 10, 2012 9:27:02 PM

The rear panel doesn't have enough audio jack sockets for it though.
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December 11, 2012 12:24:19 AM

I like the Intel build, but wouldn't a ATX form factor motherboard be better than a M ATX? :) 
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December 11, 2012 3:35:28 PM

shihaab said:
I like the Intel build, but wouldn't a ATX form factor motherboard be better than a M ATX? :) 


In an ATX case, yes.
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December 11, 2012 7:31:05 PM

I'm not tc but I'm interested in this as well. Would the Intel build have room for upgrades? Also how well would it run a game like BF3 (lack of a better benchmark) or some MMOs like Phantasy Star Online 2 at max settings?
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December 11, 2012 8:43:25 PM

The i5 build would be relatively upgrade-able. It could handle a much better graphics card should you want to upgrade it, it could handle more RAM, a SSD etc.

The only problems are that that is pretty much the best gaming CPU on that socket and you can't overclock it. I don't think Intel are going to continue with 1155 although I could be wrong. It is more than fine for games currently though.
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December 11, 2012 9:04:26 PM

The only two ivybridge cpus that can overclock are too expensive for this kind of budget,it will require also a decent aftermaket cooler, and for people without knowledge of how to do it, the non k i5 series will meet their requirements with no substantial loss of performance vs overclocked cpu in most cases.
The main difference between the i5 and i3(ivybridge) is the i5 has pcie 3.0 support and it's a quad core vs i3 dual core with 4 threads with hyperthreading.
As of it now, with few games benefiting quad core cpus, the i3 more a 660 gtx will have better performance than a i5 more a 7770.
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December 11, 2012 10:16:30 PM

Most games take advantage of quad cores now, the i3 is still great though. Either choice is fine.
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