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URGENT: Specs for new PC

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January 29, 2013 3:45:12 PM

Hi guys! This is very urgent.

We will be buying a new PC soon (like maybe tomorrow) and I've worked out a list of the components that I think would be best for our budget. I play MS Flight Simulator X SP2 on Windows 7 (I don't want to upgrade to Win8). Please, I need advice and someone to tell me what graphics card and mobo would be best. Price is favored over performance.
Unless stated otherwise, this is a list of just the minimums.

Intel Core i5 3.10Ghz + (not oldest generation. Sandy bridge is just fine)
(we are looking at a 3.20ghz)
(quad-core is preferred over higher clock speed, but not less than 3Ghz)
Graphics card: 1GB + GDDR3 VGA (our monitor is 1600x900 right now)
Memory 2GB DDR3 (2x 1gb)
NO ODD NUMBERS i.e. 3gb
Recommended: 4GB (2x 2gb)
450W PSU
Recommended: 500W PSU
Motherboard doesn't really matter unless it has SATA 3.0 or USB 3.0 for only a little bit more than the normal i5 motherboard.

Does this seem ok? Any advice? Should we go through with it?
Thanks in advance. :) 

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January 29, 2013 7:08:20 PM

since I dont know your budget... or origin... this is built on canadian prices

went with Pure budget set up with no big gaming going on with more less standard all



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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Canada Computers) (If budget over Performance then you want AMD maybe even the Phenom CPU (cheaper)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RA 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.95 @ DirectCanada) (it is good to have an aftermarket cooler, the standard dont always perform good enough even with light gaming, I had a poor experience with one)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Canada Computers) (a good budget mobo, nothing special)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg Canada) (i uno i put 8gb ram.. you could put 4gb up to you, I think better keep it at 8)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX) (just a big driver.. w/e)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($99.98 @ NCIX) (budget video card, which will perform still very well for your needs)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Memory Express) (an example case, you can choose something else)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada) (dont need to go over 500watt with your set up)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $550.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 16:03 EST-0500)
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