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January 11, 2013 2:03:55 AM

Hello! I'm from Canada and I'm Building my first budget PC of ($ 645 without shipping ) and it will be for '' Photoshop / Gaming & Videos ''

--Gaming as in ''Diablo 3 -Skyrim and maybe even Guildwars 2? does not have to be highest highest quality but i would like smooth running :) 

( I already put everything through NewEggs shopping cart price checker and total with shipping im willing to go is 750-799 Max)

I've been doing alot of research and trying to make sure that everything will be compatible but I would really really appreciate it if someone could look this over for me! :) 

I want to know if this is going to be a solid build or maybe if you could suggest some better components? Thanks! :D 


(I'm planning on getting a sound card later down the line so i got a Mobo with extra PCI slot )

(I'd like to know if my CPU is worthwhile getting & if its compatible with my Mobo )

(I'm not sure what Graphics Card I should get.. and by who? ''Price Range between '' $100 - $130 '')








(Windows) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

(Burner) ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

(Mobo) MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(Tower) Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(PSU) Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(HardDrive) SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

(RAM) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

(CPU) Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(Graphics Card) ???



Thank you so so so much in advance!
I very much appreciate it! :D 

More about : budget work thnx

January 11, 2013 2:38:37 AM

No, sorry man but if you want to play skyrim or D3 a pentium is going to be up to it for anywhere what you need to play skyrim. for $700 There are a ton of great build you cn do. I recomend the i5 or i7 and a Gerforce 600 series or a Radeon 6000 series you will be able to game fine with those and should be able to get them for way under $700.
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January 11, 2013 4:23:23 AM

You dont need a z77 motherboard for a sandy bridge processor. h55 and z68 Motherboards are for sandy bridge. Your CPU is not really plaudable in gaming performance. Get an i3 or i5
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January 11, 2013 6:31:21 AM

So my mobo is more suited for a i3 cpu? Where as the G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz that i orginaly chose is not suited for gaming?

Though regarding ' Aristotelian's ' reply, They are compatible.
but the performance would be bad?

(just trying to figure this out, sorry if its confusing lol)

any suggestions about what graphics card i should go for?

And does the rest of the build look good?

Thnx for reading and helping! :D 
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2013 6:37:22 AM

Your build is all over the place and won't be very good. Do this instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.53 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $669.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 03:37 EST-0500)
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January 11, 2013 4:29:06 PM

tiny voices said:
Your build is all over the place and won't be very good. Do this instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.53 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($52.99 @ Computer Valley)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.17 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $669.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 03:37 EST-0500)



Thank you so much for your help/responce!

Just got 1 or 2 questions though..

What is the difference between the Roswill Challenger and the CoolMaster cases?
---CoolMaster towers better? or just a preference?

Also I have a not too old ( Asus Radeon HD 7750 DDR5 1GB Graphics Card), Do you think that would work in the build instead of the (PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card)?

Only reason I ask is because i still needed to buy the Windows CD($100), so the PowerColor Graphics Card puts me over my budget :( 
But on that note, If i dont have any video card in the computer, its obviously still going to run right? like internet use / photoshop?


Everything with the exception of the Video Card brings my total (shipping included) to : $769.85

Thanks again! Big Help! :D 

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2013 4:34:55 PM

chaosGeek said:
Thank you so much for your help/responce!

Just got 1 or 2 questions though..

What is the difference between the Roswill Challenger and the CoolMaster cases?
---CoolMaster towers better? or just a preference?

Also I have a not too old ( Asus Radeon HD 7750 DDR5 1GB Graphics Card), Do you think that would work in the build instead of the (PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card)?

Only reason I ask is because i still needed to buy the Windows CD($100), so the PowerColor Graphics Card puts me over my budget :( 
But on that note, If i dont have any video card in the computer, its obviously still going to run right? like internet use / photoshop?


Everything with the exception of the Video Card brings my total (shipping included) to : $769.85

Thanks again! Big Help! :D 


The case is just preference. I have a Rosewill Challenger and I like it.

A 7750 will only get you low settings in games. Its not a very good card and I would not recommend it for gaming on this budget. You could get a 7770 and that would get you medium settings in modern games at 1080p but I would just wait and save the money and get a 7850 because it will last longer and be able to play modern games on high settings.
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January 11, 2013 4:51:27 PM

If you're going to play games like that you could save money on the motherboard and CPU and go with AMD instead. That way you'll have more to spend on other components or save and you won't really be able to tell the the difference.
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January 11, 2013 11:59:46 PM

So I took what '' tiny voices '' had suggested but i switched the Burner & Ram for something different.

This is the Build so far, minus the Video Card though..

(Windows 7) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

(Burner) ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

(HardDrive) Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

(CPU) Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(Mobo) ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(Ram) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

(PSU) CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

(Tower) Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Is this looking like a solid build? any suggestions or comments would be appreciated! :D 

Thanks so much!
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 8:04:55 PM

Looks good to me.
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January 13, 2013 3:57:07 AM

Best answer selected by chaosGeek.
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