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December 25, 2012 2:47:13 PM

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CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ECS H77H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $474.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 11:42 EST-0500)

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ECS H77H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($114.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $504.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 11:44 EST-0500)

Just wanted to see if there are any issues I might run into with either of these builds, and which is the better one. I'm on a pretty tight budget so there's not too much wiggle room if any at all. I realize the G860 is a much worse CPU than the i5, but I plan on upgrading it later when I have more money. In the other build that already has the i5 I've sacrificed the 7870 for a more affordable 560, which I can keep until I want to upgrade later.

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December 25, 2012 2:59:17 PM

i know it is hard for you to build in tight budget

i would prefer any #1 or #2 they have trade off depends on what you will do

if you 100% gaming --> #1
if you do multitasking work, photoshop design, video editing --> #2

and i dont recommend any of them unless you unpgrade your 350w psu to at least 430W from corsair or XFX whatever cheaper
i know seasonic is great brand but 350W is killing you pc
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December 25, 2012 3:05:00 PM

AMD Radeon said:
i know it is hard for you to build in tight budget

i would prefer any #1 or #2 the have trade off depends on what you will do

if you 100% gaming --> #1
if you do multitasking work, photoshop design, video editing --> #2

and i dont choose any of them unless you unpgrade your 350w psu to at least 430W from corsair or XFX whatever cheaper
i know seasonic is great brand but 350W is killing you pc


I would be doing gaming, and that's about it. Never touched any sort of video/photo editing software. As far as multi-tasking goes... I like to have multiple tabs open at once? LOL Idk I guess I don't really multi-task tbh.

Thanks for letting me know about the PSU. I don't really know much about that aspect of computer building, I'm just getting started really. Would this be a good one for me? http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/part/corsair-power-supply-cm...
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December 25, 2012 3:11:50 PM

^ yes, that corsair cx v2 is the cheapest solution

you might want to check xfx 450 or 550 as well. maybe they are priced similar
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December 25, 2012 3:12:28 PM

Best answer selected by Backtits.
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December 25, 2012 3:12:47 PM

Alright, perfect. Thanks for all your help, I really appreciate it :) .
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December 25, 2012 3:14:40 PM

#1 for gaming, hands down.

And you'll only be binning a $60 CPU when you upgrade vs a $120 video card.
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