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Old May 6, 2010, 11:11 AM
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Hello there.

I've done a bunch of research and just need some input before I press the purchase button on NCIX. Please let me know if there are any changes you would make, I don't want to spend anymore money but a bit less wouldn't hurt.




1. I will be using my computer for light gaming, watching movies and internet

2. Budget is $800-$1000 not including monitor

3. Canada (Vancouver area) I will pick up from NCIX

4. Prefering AMD as I think AM3 board is more future proof and have liked AMD in the past

7. I probably won't be doing any overclocking but may in the future

8. I plan to have NCIX build it for me as it only costs $40 and it's guaranteed that way

9. What resolution do you use? 1920X1080

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Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan -
$89.69 Price Matched- $77.80

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
$20.36 Price Matched- $22.00

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
$114.99 Price Matched- $108.29

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty
$63.99 Price Matched- $57.99

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
$214.89 Price Matched- $185.49 + $20 MIR

Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 AMD790X ATX AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E 3PCI CrossFireX GBLAN SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
$137.99 Price Matched- $129..20

Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 PCs 875MHZ 1GB 4.9GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
$159.99 +$15 (MIR)

Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

$19.99

Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5EXT 6X3.5INT *No PSU* (ANY SUGGESTIONS ON A BETTER CHEAP CASE, Or is this a great choice)
$99.99 Price Matched- $71.50

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
$117.69 Price Matched- $97.77

Total BEFORE Price Match $1,048.57 YOUR TOTAL $931.82

TOTAL after MIR $896.92

Thanks for your help
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Old May 6, 2010, 04:30 PM
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1. I will be using my computer for light gaming, watching movies and internet

you dont need to spend cash on a quad, 120 mobo and so on for that :) hell with 400-500 you can build something nice + 24" lcd of course.
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Old May 6, 2010, 07:01 PM
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I thought price matching was wanting to pay less (CM 212+).
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Old May 6, 2010, 08:04 PM
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Why not get a Phenom X6 if you are paying ~190.

I seriously wonder where you get these prices from because you are getting ripped off (for the most part)

I recommend XFX 5770 because it has Double Lifetime warranty than the crappy 2 year Powercolor one.

Please look at the NCIX sales page for on sale items: NCIX.com - Canada's Premier Computer Store - Great Technology, Service and Selection.
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Old May 6, 2010, 08:27 PM
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I didn't think I was getting ripped off... I would be paying $165 after the rebate for the AMD 965... The reason I picked the Powercolor Video Card is because it was $144 after M.I.R. You are probabaly right in me getting a bit to hard core of a system for what I want... I could probably re work this out and get something for around $600 before a Monitor.... Any suggestions?
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Old May 6, 2010, 08:41 PM
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Drop the Phenom to Athlon II 630. For the motherboard, you can get a 770 board. Asus or Gigabyte.
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Old May 6, 2010, 09:38 PM
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Ok... How bout a video card? Should I get a DDR3 board or does it not really matter for a budget computer
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Old May 6, 2010, 11:07 PM
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DDR3, roughly same price as DDR2, and if need be the board will support newer chips when push comes to shove .
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Old May 6, 2010, 11:36 PM
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Hey man just had a thread with similar personal requirements and near same budget so I think I'll try to lend what I've learnt. Had 3 threads on 3 forums including here with 176 posts of back and forth opinionating and debate which led me to my build, which could be similar to yours since our needs and budgets are similar.

My final build, has alot of parts similar to yours.
1. AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz
$99.79

If you have the budget, the 965 is a steal at $165 since the lowest 955 is $163 on shopbot. My cpu is arguably the weakest part of the rig interms of comparing it to the newest cpus on the market, BUT for your needs its still will run like a bmw for you. You could go for the homerun ball and get a 1055T though for just $40 more($200).If your set on something stronger than a 630 but not 6 core level, its a good bang for the buck.

2. XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit lifetime
$159.99

Just a matter of brand choosing since the 5770 has excellent bang for buck. Though skeptical about PowerColor at first, Ive had a person who owns their own shop tell me its highly reliable and he'd use it without a doubt for his client's build. I choose to pay the $10 extra just for the lifetime warranty and the fact that it's considered a top and reliable brand.If it also matters, you can spend $10 more from my version to the 577A version. It just has a better cooling system.

3. ASUS M4A77TD ATX 3 year
$82.92

Your board has some better gadgets including crossfire capability, 2 SATA 6Gbs connectors, usb 3.0, more internal and back panel connectors, etc. etc. Its up to you whether its worth it or not.I have no idea if its worth the extra dough, so ask others about it. It is a seemingly good board though.
For that price though, should should check out 8xx boards as I've been told they can be found for around $100 on sale.

4. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL


same as yours. overinflated sh8tty prices right now im told but what can you do. You can survive with DDR2 mobo + ram but getting DDR3 is just the better practice as DDR2 seems to be getting faded out. In 1-2 years time, since production will have stopped, it will be more expensive to upgrade with DDR2 sticks. Its triple channel capability will not be used due to the fact only i7 boards have triple channel capability. Not that big a deal though.

5. Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB


Cant go wrong

6. Antec Earthwatts 650W non modular


Good call. Not premium but is reliable and useable. For others in similar price range, check out Seasonic Bronze S12II 620w. Its a premium and one of the top companies. Corsair is up there too with its HX and TX version but they are slightly more expensive. If you have the budget to spend, I'd recommend the Seasonic, 1 level higher and a Corsair, level higher from the 620 Seasonic.

7. Antec Three Hundred
$53.79

Cases are mostly personal preferences from what I've deducted.Most have good ventilation above the $50+ level mark. Just find a good brand, Antec, CM, NZXT and then see which look suits you.


8. LITE-ON Black iHAS124-04
$25.99

not a big deal once again, just personal preference.

As for aftermarket cooler, seemingly unnecessary since the case you wanna buy has 3 stock fans already. But its your call.

My total bill after price match, before taxes and shipping is, $640. If your willing to spend up to atleast $800, I suggest getting a X6 1055T. Not as strong as the top i7s but good enough to I think be mentionable in the same sentence as them. Only around $200. With that, get the Seasonic or a Corsair PSU.

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Old May 7, 2010, 08:34 PM
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WOW thanks for the detailed reply. I'm super busy with things but will reply tomorrow when I have a chance....
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