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Old May 16, 2012, 07:12 PM
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would like advice on parts for a build with a budget of $900, heres what i have so far
vid 7850 Infonec Computers - Computer parts Canada, PC Components, laptop computers, motherboards, processors, CPUs and much more : Asus HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 Graphic Card - 1 GPUs - 870 MHz Core - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI-Express 3.0 x16 - 1210 MHz Me $252
cpu i5-2500k Canada Computers | CPU | Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.30Ghz, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I52500K) $210
mem 6gb Canada Computers | Memory | Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMMs (PV736G1600ELK) $33
HDD 5g www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_1086_210_212&item_id=041 042 $70
PSU 500W Canada Computers | Power Supplies | Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 600 Watt 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply (CMPSU-600CXV2) $55
case Canada Computers | Cases | Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower Case (RC-430-KWN1) $39
DVD Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - CD / DVD Burners $17
mobo Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFireX SATA3 HDMI Motherboard - DirectCanada $93
Buy COOLERMASTER [RR-212E-20PK-R2] Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM 29.15

not sure on the mobo and case..

update changed case to cooler master 430 from bitfenix merc alpha
update #2 changed video card to 7850

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Old May 16, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Quick and dirty opinion. PM using memory express or ncix. The result will be much cheaper. Pickup a 7850 instead. Change the cpu to a 2500k or a 3570K if you can price match it to close to 200, for PSU, get a corsair builder series instead of cooler master. Get a z77 or z68 motherboard so you can overclock the k series cpu. drop a hyper 212 into it while you're at it
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Old May 16, 2012, 11:17 PM
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Quick and dirty opinion. PM using memory express or ncix. The result will be much cheaper. Pickup a 7850 instead. Change the cpu to a 2500k or a 3570K if you can price match it to close to 200, for PSU, get a corsair builder series instead of cooler master. Get a z77 or z68 motherboard so you can overclock the k series cpu. drop a hyper 212 into it while you're at it
I agree for the most part. Stick with a reputable PSU maker as that's the last thing you want having problems with. :D 2500k is where I am heading myself. I'm sticking with a cheap Z68 board figuring if I upgrade later I will want a better board, better CPU and will have more money to spend. Better save now.

Overall good to go though. On the right track.
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Old May 17, 2012, 12:11 AM
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Also, change to 8gb of ram since they're $50 atm, almost all ram kits will fit with your current cooler. For a few $$ more to double the amount of ram, it's a no brainer. use pricebat or shopbot to find prices to price match with.
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For once I'm agreeing to double the ram... 4GB is sufficient.. JUST..But you'll probably have some situations where you'll push past that and 8 GB will do you a fair while.
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Old May 17, 2012, 11:19 AM
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how about 6gb triple channel i dont think the person that is gunna use this machine will reach 6gb
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Old May 17, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Because if you use 3 sticks in a 4 slot board it will drop back to single-channel. You must have identical memory in each channel for multiple-channel.
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how about 6gb triple channel i dont think the person that is gunna use this machine will reach 6gb
Tri-channel was only on 1366 chips.
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All in all it looks like a very good setup for $900. A better case and motherboard would be nice, but it will likely push you over budget. Given the budget I would have to agree with those decisions. The only thing to definitely change is the memory. As others have said you will want to run dual channel memory, so either 2 or 4 sticks of ram and not the 3 that you currently have in your list. Order and price match everything from memoryexpress (they beat competitors prices by 25% of the difference). Some budget cases that go on sale cheap that have better airflow are antec three hundred and haf 912 (if they don't go on sale the 430 would do).
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I did a build in one of these bitfenix mercs that turned out fine....

Bitfenix Merc Beta Steel Black ATX Mid Tower Case 3X5.25 7X3.25 1X2.5 *No PS* Top USB2.0 Audio - BitFenix - BFC-MRC-100-KKX2-RP

Not sure where you're buying but if you're local to an NCIX it might be worth your while to pick one up.
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