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Old April 8, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Default Budget Build - i3/i5

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Mainly Gaming

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

1000-1200

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada (Probably Ncix)

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

Wanting an i5 core build. Also an Nvidia fanboy but not a picky buyer.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

of course, looked at the other 1000-1200 budget builds.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

OC is possible, but still not too picky.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

Fairly soon, next few weeks.

9. What resolution do you use?

1920x1080.

I have used these very forums for my own now I've been tasked with a budget build between 1000-1200 for a preferred gaming, seemed pretty easy at first but found out there is nothing else for them to use with the budget meaning no windows/soundcard.. and are going to be upgrading it throughout (reason for wanting the i3/i5 build.)

1200 is not much to go on for gaming (atleast for me.) so I figured you guys would be the best solution.
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Old April 8, 2010, 07:10 PM
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CPU: i5 750 PC Cyber Canada - For All Your Computer Needs $204
Board: Gigabyte UD3 Buy Gigabyte [GA-P55A-UD3] Gigabyte P55A-UD3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI RAID GBLAN CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard $135
Video: HD 5770 Buy XFX [HD577AZNFC] XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD- $164
RAM: G-SKILL 4GB 1600Mhz Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit $110
PSU: Corsair HX650W NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Professional HX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-650HX In Canada. $100
Display: Asus VW246H Newegg.ca - ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers - LCD Monitors $223

Total: $936 (before tax & shipping)

I did not include a case or hard drive because it's up to you how much capacity you need. And looks/preference on the case.

Note: All these items can be found on NCIX, all you have to do is price match NCIX to the links I provided

Also: You can replace the 5770 card with a different brand that will not offer you lifetime warranty like EVGA or XFX do. That's your call.

Those are my suggestions, hope it helps.

One last thing: Of course you can always get better components, but I tried to stay within your budget. Some people will not like the gigabyte board but they are one of the best out there. And getting a more expensive board won't benefit you siince you are not a heavy benchmarker or overcloaker. Trust me on that one.
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Old April 9, 2010, 05:11 PM
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Hard drive wise, the WD Caviar Blacks are excellent. Take your pick between 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, or 1TB.

May I suggest getting an Asus USB 3.0 board? The gigabyte controller is a little annoying in that it takes 8 of your PCIe lanes. Sure it's fast, but you can never CrossFire with USB 3.0/SATA III enabled. Asus' runs off the 4x lanes coming off the chipset, and while slower, allows crossfire.
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Old April 9, 2010, 09:50 PM
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NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P7P55D Pro LGA1156 P55 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI SLI CrossFireX 6SATA GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - P7P55D PRO In Canada. - $186.33
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache OEM - BV80605001911AP In Canada. - $245.10
NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 Core i5 Memory Kit - F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM In Canada. - $127.99
NCIX.com - Buy Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan - SONATA III 500 In Canada. - $109.00 Sale ends 13 Apr!
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM - WD1001FALS In Canada. - $95.99
NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM - SH-S222A/BEBE In Canada. - $29.99
NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD- - HD577AZNFC In Canada. - $194.99 (even if you are an NVidia fanboy, you have to admit this beats a GTX 260 216 hands down, price wise too)
NCIX.com - Buy Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - GFC-00599 In Canada. - $113.53

Total is $1102.92 before tax and shipping

You can adjust the price by changing video cards. There is a Powercooler 5770 with 512 MB of RAM that will be a bit slower than the XFX with 1 MB, but it comes in about $50 cheaper when you throw in the $10 rebate. You can probably find some items for a bit less, I didn't look, but NCIX price match works well and you can probably save a few bucks just checking out the likely suspect like Newegg and Direct Canada etc.

Good luck... when you get the bits, make a worklog and show us all your baby!
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Old April 10, 2010, 02:42 AM
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If this is for gaming the i3 530 has been one hell of a performer for me, faster then my old QX6850, im having a blast with my EVGA P55 SLI and i3 530 combo. Unless your looking to do some video encoding on this machine or F@H ect then there really is no need for a quad with no HT, quite a few i3s are hitting 4ghz quite easily on stock cooling within controllable temps and higher with upgraded cooling.

EVGA motherboards have treated me well so far, and the hybrid cooling is nice (LGA775 and LGA1156 heatsinks). The ripjaws work great, overclock well, and run cool. For a gaming build id say drop the quad and grab something faster then a 5770... and a sonta III with a 500 watt PSU is pretty lame in this day and age, check out the CM 690 II advanced or similar, especially since there will be upgrading throughout the life of the PC. Drop a little more cash and grab a 5850 or a GTX 470 over the 5770, at 1980x1080 it will be worth it.
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