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December 24, 2012 7:11:27 AM

Hey there, trying to build a computer for my girlfriend who does love to play games.

She says she wants to play skyrim so I'm not looking for ultra graphics but even then I want it to be decent.

Here is what I put together so far

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-E33/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($114.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Apex Vortex 3620 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $414.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I plan on buying parts this week, so that includes today even since it is boxing day sales.
I don't need a dvd drive and HDD since I got spares laying around!
I live in around Toronto, so I am looking at pickup at stores like NCIX and Canada Computers.

Looking to trim it down to $350? Thanks for the help!

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December 24, 2012 7:28:56 AM

Tell me if you like this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks




CPU:  Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($64.99 @ NCIX) 
Motherboard:  MSI H61M-P31/W8 Micro ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  ($49.99 @ Canada Computers) 
Memory:  Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($32.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Video Card:  PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card  ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Case:  Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case  ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Power Supply:  Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply  ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Total: $402.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 04:34 EST-0500)


The pentium G860 will work fine for gaming. It lets you put more money towards a graphics card. The only difference between the Sandy bridge dual core Pentium processors and the i3 is hyperthreading and like 100mhz. But for double the price almost, id rather put more money towards a GPU.

Edit: i didn't know you lived in canada! lol let me do it again, but canadian style :) .
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December 26, 2012 5:23:12 AM

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