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January 4, 2013 12:16:03 AM

Building a computer for the first time on a limited budget.
Looking for any advice, help, tips etc.

I have put together a build below, please let me know how is it (for the budget).
Also, quality of the components?

Main use is browsing, streaming videos, very light GIMP/Photoshop, casual gaming (Flight simulator, Cities in motion, etc, however I would like to be able to play newer FPS and GTA like games once in a while). Also would like to be able to (easily?) upgrade components in the future (something like the i5-3570 and HD 7870).

Approximate Purchase Date: Nothing set in stone, will buy parts as they go on sale

Budget Range: $400-500 after rebates and including shipping (Canada)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: See above

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ncix Canada,, Canada Computers, Memory Express (ME most preferred), etc.

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Parts Preferences: Intel?

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


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January 4, 2013 12:51:06 AM

if i were you id probably cut some money from cpu and go with an intel g860 cpu, and put more money towards the gpu, like a 2gb 7850, it will be much better for 1920x1080p gaming. Then you can upgrade your cpu to something better later.
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January 16, 2013 11:17:50 PM

Should I wait until March-April for the new CPUs/GPUs? Will it fit in my budget (ie. the next i3 and 7770 equivalents?) or will they be expensive in the beginning because they are new?
January 16, 2013 11:42:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.51 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($103.01 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.10 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $487.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 20:41 EST-0500)

heres a little better build, with 2x4gbs for dual channel, a better quality motherboard, that u can use eventually with an i5 and overclock.

better case. and similar hard-drive.