Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > New Builds

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 11:50 AM
Thund3rball's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,525

My System Specs

Default Budget i3 Game Machine

I have to update my friends machine that I built some years ago (AMD 64x2/7900GS). I haven't built in a long time and am not up to date with the latest stuff. He is looking to spend maybe $500-$600 on new parts. Here is what I can salvage from his current machine.
  • PSU (OCZ 550W)
  • DVD
  • SATA HDD (Question: Is an SATA 6G slot compatible with an older SATA HDD?)
  • Generic Case
I have my eye on these new components and need help with Ram selection. I was thinking 4GB or 8GB if it's cheap. I am also open to other component suggestions if you have them.

NCIX Core i3 Gaming Bundle - $200
NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core CPU & ASUS P8B75-M LE Motherboard

Asus GTX 660 OC - $230 w/rebates
ASUS GeForce GTX 660 OC DirectCU 1020MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

Thanks for your help gearheads.
__________________
"this is not troll. this is real deal!" - hohohee

Desktop:
See the drop down!

Laptop: Dell XPS M1530 \\ T7500 2.2GHz \\ 3GB 667 \\ 6 Cell \\ 8600M GT \\ 200GB 7.2K \\ WSXGA+ \\ Bluetooth/Wireless \\ MS Blue Track Mini \\ Vista Ult. (RED)


HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 12:21 PM
great_big_abyss's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 2,190

My System Specs

Default

Looks like a good bundle for the motherboard/processor.

Pick up 8GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM. Something like this would work.

Instead of the GTX660 that you posted, may I point you towards the Powercolor Radeon PCS+ HD7870 Tahiti LE for $249.99, $219.99 after rebates.

Instead of being a regular 7870, it's actually a 7950 with a quarter of the GCN modules disabled, and 2GB of memory instead of 3GB. Either way, it will be quite a bit faster than a GTX660, and you'll get two free AAA titles: Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider.
__________________



HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Coolermaster GeminII; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI R7-260X; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 1TB WD Green, 2x 2TB WD Green; PC P&C 750W PS; Fractal Design Node 605;
Son's Rig: M5A97; 1055T; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; ASUS GTX650Ti Boost; 80GB Intel 520 SSD; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 01:53 PM
Thund3rball's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,525

My System Specs

Default

Oooo that ram looks fancy! And a good price too. Thanks.

That ATI card sounds great and the games are a huge draw for me, but I am a bit hesitant about an ATI card just because I am used to the green team, and I am usually also tech support for my buddy, know what I mean?

But I will keep it in mind. Thanks for the suggestion.
__________________
"this is not troll. this is real deal!" - hohohee

Desktop:
See the drop down!

Laptop: Dell XPS M1530 \\ T7500 2.2GHz \\ 3GB 667 \\ 6 Cell \\ 8600M GT \\ 200GB 7.2K \\ WSXGA+ \\ Bluetooth/Wireless \\ MS Blue Track Mini \\ Vista Ult. (RED)


HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 02:16 PM
great_big_abyss's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 2,190

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thund3rball View Post
Oooo that ram looks fancy! And a good price too. Thanks.

That ATI card sounds great and the games are a huge draw for me, but I am a bit hesitant about an ATI card just because I am used to the green team, and I am usually also tech support for my buddy, know what I mean?

But I will keep it in mind. Thanks for the suggestion.
Honestly, both AMD and Nvidia are in real good places right now. I would probably give the edge to AMD with their gaming bundles, especially since they revamped their drivers. I'd have no problem going with either one.

Typically, for the price in the lower range, AMD is holding a commanding lead. Especially with this Tahiti LE chip that they have. I don't think that can be beaten, bang for the buck.
__________________



HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Coolermaster GeminII; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI R7-260X; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 1TB WD Green, 2x 2TB WD Green; PC P&C 750W PS; Fractal Design Node 605;
Son's Rig: M5A97; 1055T; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; ASUS GTX650Ti Boost; 80GB Intel 520 SSD; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 09:36 PM
Thund3rball's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,525

My System Specs

Default

I will keep that Red card in mind. Probably going to order parts within a day or two. I like the boosted performance even if my buddy doesn't really care too much. He plays a lot of strategy games but not necessarily new ones, lol.

Is there any issue with an older SATA drive and a new SATA 6G slot on this MB? Might be a dumb question but I'd just like to know before I order parts.
__________________
"this is not troll. this is real deal!" - hohohee

Desktop:
See the drop down!

Laptop: Dell XPS M1530 \\ T7500 2.2GHz \\ 3GB 667 \\ 6 Cell \\ 8600M GT \\ 200GB 7.2K \\ WSXGA+ \\ Bluetooth/Wireless \\ MS Blue Track Mini \\ Vista Ult. (RED)


HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 09:54 PM
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,613

My System Specs

Default

You are good to go with your chosen parts. The mentioned 7870 will be faster, and does include the free games (worth a bit if they are games that are of interest). The only down side to that 7870 is a bit more power consumption. There is definitely a bang for buck advantage on the red team in that price range, but there isn't anything wrong with the 660 either. Your call. 8gb 1600mhz is what I would recommend as well (its pretty much that standard right now).
__________________
Desktop: Antec Three Hundred, Gigabyte Z77-D3H, i5 3570K with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600mhz, MSI Cyclone GTX 460, Seasonic S12II 500W, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 12, 2013, 11:04 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Posts: 53

My System Specs

Default

Shouldn't have any problem with the older SATA hard drive on a newer board. Just bear in mind that the drive will be fairly slow compared to even newer mechanical drives, let alone SSDs.

EDIT: Aside from that, that board only has 1 6Gbps port, the others are standard 3gbps ports. So even less chance of issues, just use a 3gbps port. The drive won't need to be used on the 6gbps port as it won't take advantage of the extra bandwidth anyways.
__________________
Personal Rig: See System Specs
HTPC: Pentium G3420, MSI H81i, 4GB G-Skill DDR3 1333, PNY Quadro 4000, 400GB Recertified Seagate, 1TB WD Caviar Green, 750GB WD Caviar Blue 2.5", Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced, Windows 7 x64, 32" Seiki LCD TV, Panasonic SA-HE75 5.1 Reciever
9x Gamer: eMachines eOne - 433 Mhz Celeron, 64 MB RAM, 8MB ATI Rage XL, 6GB HDD, Windows 98se
9x Gamer #2: 500 Mhz Pentium III, 512MB Ram, nVidia Geforce 5600, 20GB HDD, Windows ME
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 13, 2013, 09:53 AM
Thund3rball's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,525

My System Specs

Default

Great news, thanks everyone. I am going to go for these parts and the 7870 too. Thanks again for all your help guys.
__________________
"this is not troll. this is real deal!" - hohohee

Desktop:
See the drop down!

Laptop: Dell XPS M1530 \\ T7500 2.2GHz \\ 3GB 667 \\ 6 Cell \\ 8600M GT \\ 200GB 7.2K \\ WSXGA+ \\ Bluetooth/Wireless \\ MS Blue Track Mini \\ Vista Ult. (RED)


HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 13, 2013, 03:49 PM
Thund3rball's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,525

My System Specs

Default

Wow I ordered this morning and I got a Shipped email confirmation early afternoon. Now I am kinda excited for these new parts. I haven't been able to build anything for a really long time. I can't wait to load up some Tomb Raider on that 7870 Muah ha ha ha ha! I guess I actually have to give this to him, right?
__________________
"this is not troll. this is real deal!" - hohohee

Desktop:
See the drop down!

Laptop: Dell XPS M1530 \\ T7500 2.2GHz \\ 3GB 667 \\ 6 Cell \\ 8600M GT \\ 200GB 7.2K \\ WSXGA+ \\ Bluetooth/Wireless \\ MS Blue Track Mini \\ Vista Ult. (RED)


HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 13, 2013, 10:06 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 43
Default

Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit - Venom Red on ncix.com

have these working on a AMD FX processor works fine and no trouble installing them Just enough space under the Evo 212 evo CPU cooler, never thought of the height between cpu fan overhang and ram lucky for me it came together


(noticed Back order label) scratch that
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NVIDIA’s New GPU Game Bundle Offers In-Game Credits SKYMTL Video Cards 2 February 11, 2013 12:21 PM
Budget gaming machine - AMD bnn1 LinusTechTips Q&A 6 February 3, 2012 05:39 PM
Game of Thrones Genesis aka a Video Game Arinoth Gaming 9 September 24, 2011 07:11 AM
Game build, medium budget ElectricDrop New Builds 30 June 27, 2010 04:15 AM
Machine burnt out. New machine needed Neutronium New Builds 15 March 18, 2009 12:23 AM