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Old 03-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I think US vs Canadian prices are almost on par, maybe like 8:10 ratio or so.

Anyway, my friend wants to make a build with $1000, just the tower. I know that's plenty enough to get a beefy bang-for-buck build. No overclocking, nothing fancy.

I've been way out of the loop for a long time now, I've kept up with graphics cards, but I'm totally behind on mobos, cpus, memory, etc.

There used to be a budget thread that was sticky'd showing various options for different budgets, what happened to it?

Anyway, someone mind recommending a build for that amount?
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a pretty solid build.

Newegg.ca - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.ca - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.ca - OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Newegg.ca - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.ca - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.ca - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

Total is $962 cnd. Not sure if you needed an OS, if not then you could probably upgrade the processor or something.
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what about graphics card?

anyway, here's the build I made, attached in image
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The graphics card is there in between the memory and the psu. It's listed as a combo deal because it comes with a free game.

Your build looks good too, G31 chipset isn't that great though. But it will do, since he isn't overclocking.

Oh, and that optical drive you listed is IDE, you'll want SATA
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Not sure if that other build includes tax and S&H which are both pretty significant here in Canada.

Where are you buying from? If outside of BC then buy from ncix.com instead of newegg.ca. Nothing wrong with newegg.ca but they charge an arm and a leg for shipping and handling. I saved over a $100 on my last build ($500) total shopping at ncix.com vs newegg.ca.

Also, ncix.com has a price match feature, use these links for the price match AFTER you add all the items to your cart at ncix.com but re-check the prices before you enter them as I rounded them off for ease of use:

E8400 - $208: Buy Intel [BX80570E8400] Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail

barricuda 7200.11 1TB - $110: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1000GB 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive

reaper 4GB - $40 (MIR): NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Reaper Hpc Edition PC2-8500 DDR2 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 Dual Channel EPP Memory Kit - OCZ2RPR10664GK In Canada.

Antec 300 case - $67: NXSource.com - Buy Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 Atx 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No Ps Front Usb & Audio

Corsair 650TX - $97: Corsair TX650W 650W Atx 12V 52A 24PIN Atx Power Supply Active Pfc 120MM Fan - DirectCanada

XFX - 4850 - $180: NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB 1.99GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - HD485XYDFC In Canada.

gigabyte - $140 (MIR): Buy Gigabyte [GA-EP45-UD3P] Gigabyte EP45-UD3P ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E SATA2 RAID HD Sound 2GLAN 1394A CrossFireX Motherboard

LG DVDRW - $28: Buy LG GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X 2MB SATA OEM

Total: $870

Vista home premium 64 bit $140: NCIX.com - Buy Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM - 66I-01939 In Canada.

New Total = $1010.00 + tax= around $1070

Also get:

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX.COM $20 Gift Card *Pre Activated* - NCIX-GIFTCARD-20-PA In Canada.

Is a $20 gift card that gives free shipping for entire order...your S&H will be over $20 with the case so this way you save money and have a free gift card for later! win win!

Grand total = $1090.00 after MIRs

If you NEED it to be under $1000 then:

500GB HD - $70: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX.COM $20 Gift Card *Pre Activated* - NCIX-GIFTCARD-20-PA In Canada.

Mobo GA-EP45-UD3L - $107:NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte EP45-UD3L ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-EP45-UD3L In Canada.

Coolermaster RC-330 case - $48: Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Blk Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS 1X120MM Rear Fan Front I/O Panel - DirectCanada

That will get you under $1000CAN if you swap in the smaller HD, none crossfire mobo and cheaper case.

wow, that tool longer than i thought it would :P Happy shopping!
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thanks guys, I decided to make a build over at DirectCanada, I've bought from them before and have been very satisfied. Some things are cheaper or more expensive than other sites, but the free shipping for >$300 purchases balances that out, and I'd rather we get everything from one place all at once.




$1,078.91 including shipping, tax and insurance

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If u get an e8400 , u might as well overclock it. That's pretty much what they're meant for. It's SOOO EASY!!
All u need is a descent heatsink
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That's a decent build....I've had serious issues with directCanada before, RMA's with them were a nightmare, i could not get replies to any emails, phone messages etc...I'll never buy from them again.

Just an FYI, I linked all the difference places because ncix.com has a price match guarantee. If you add all those items to your cart at ncix.com they allow you to link to other stores that cell it for cheaper and will match the prices. Therefore you're buying from one place but getting the lowest price on all items. And ncix.com's customer care is top notch, bettered only by newegg.ca in my opinion.

Either way, you'll be happy with your system, the P45 will OC the e8400 well. hopefully you have nothing to RMA :P
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Make sure you get the 260 with 216 processing cores.
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