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Old October 28, 2008, 04:15 PM
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hey i was reading this other hardware forum and theres this guy building a $250 dollar gaming pc. I woulda copied his build entirely, but it was a american hardware forum and all his links were american sites in american dollars i was wondering if it would be possible to build a similar gaming pc, with parts from canadian e-tailers for roughly the same price? or is it impossible because us canadians get ripped with higher prices. His build is below, if i were to make his build i'd like to replace the 9600gt with a 4850, would that be good or would the cpu and mobo bottleneck a 4850
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Old October 28, 2008, 04:17 PM
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Damnit i cant do line breaks? AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 $40(free shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103215 pqi 2GB DDR2-800 $27(free shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820141300 ECS GeForce7050M-M Geforce7050PV/nForce 630a Motherboard $54(with shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813135086 PNY 9600 GT $85(free shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814133239 HEC MicroATX Mini Tower W/ 485W Power Supply $50(free shipping) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811121053
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Old October 28, 2008, 04:46 PM
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$300 gaming PC with the current prices I don't think would be possible. The motherboard, processor and memory alone are going to be hitting you close to $300.

Biostar G31-M7-TE mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA Video HD Sound LAN Motherboard - $54.15
Biostar G31-M7-TE mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA Video HD Sound LAN Motherboard - DirectCanada

Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 2X1GB DDR2-667 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - $37.26
Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 2X1GB DDR2-667 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400CX 400W ATX 12V 30A Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - $61.22
Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400CX 400W ATX 12V 30A Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - DirectCanada

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail Box - $107.67
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail Box - DirectCanada

Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound - $39.96
Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound - DirectCanada

EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ 256BIT DDR3 2XDVI HDCP HDTV Out Video Card 512-P3-N971-TR - $118.88 after $30.00 MIR
EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ 256BIT DDR3 2XDVI HDCP HDTV Out Video Card 512-P3-N971-TR - DirectCanada

Total: $419.14
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Old October 28, 2008, 05:21 PM
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Exchange the 9800 GT for the 9600 GSO that was 65 $ on ncix after MIR :

http://http://www.ncix.com/products/...1&promoid=1006

u just saved another 50 $, you are now at 369.14 $

Altough I would still prefer the 9800 Gt for the difference in prices.
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I've seen the Antec Sonata III case+psu at about $80 at newegg.ca a while back. I don't think the price is gonna drop that low now...but it's usually around 100 dollars. So for the same prices of the Corsair and the Thermaltake, you can get a higher wattage psu and a nicer case (imo :P).
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Old October 28, 2008, 05:38 PM
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Even cheaper at Direct Canada.

Evga Geforce 9600 Gso Sc 650MHZ 384MB GDDR3 1900MHZ PCI-E DVI-I Hdtv Out DIRECTX10 Video Card - $58.88 after $50 MIR

Swap the E5200 for the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.2GHZ 800FSB 1MB Retail -$91.57

New Total: $343.04
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Old October 28, 2008, 05:41 PM
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The cheapest I found the Antec Sonata III with the 500W Earthwatts PSU was $105.99

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Old October 28, 2008, 05:57 PM
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Biostar G31-M7-TE mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA Video HD Sound LAN Motherboard - $54.15
Biostar G31-M7-TE mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA Video HD Sound LAN Motherboard - DirectCanada

Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 2X1GB DDR2-667 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - $37.26
Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 2X1GB DDR2-667 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

eSNG :: Antec Sonata III SONATA III 500
$105.99

Evga Geforce 9600 Gso Sc 650MHZ 384MB GDDR3 1900MHZ PCI-E DVI-I Hdtv Out DIRECTX10 Video Card - $58.88 after $50 MIR

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180 - www.tecomputers.ca $79.88

Total - $336.16 after MIR's. It's not bad, certainly better CPU than the build you posted prior to this. GPU not quite as good but for what you're asking it fits the bill. And if you're looking for a 4850 ... with that budget.. forget it - maybe with a budget of $500 it migth be possible.

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Old October 28, 2008, 09:37 PM
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I like to see people buy new PC's for gaming, but not when it's like this. If you're going to build a gaming rig, why cheap out? Just scrape up your pennies for a little longer and spend some more money, do it right, with better parts; it's not by building a $300 "gaming" PC that you're going to get a good experience. Heck, the least I would consider spending for a gaming PC with all new parts would be more around $550-600. You might be able to do $300 if you build your rig out of second hand parts off FS threads; or if you really cheap out, which TBH is pretty pathetic. (IMO)

Three things which all of you guys aren't factoring into those prices, are sales tax, shipping, and the fact that 99.99% of MIR's aren't sent out unless you really bitch after the makers, who don't really care anyway.
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Old October 28, 2008, 09:44 PM
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It all depends, you can build some good stuff cheap with used items ex. the build in my siggy i only sunk around $600 into it.
And the build i just did for $400, (all parts used though =/ )
And i fully agree with what Moneyless said, if you want to game, make the build worth it.
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