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Old 07-23-2009, 05:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I'm UniBroke.. My name basically explains my situation. I just graduated from High School.. and am going to uni. So basically I'm broke as ****..

I like playing MMORPGs all the time, and thats basically it. I have a PS3 for all my other gaming needs.

Highest spec game I'll play would be Age of Conan, and Sims 3, and that's not saying much.

So... I was wondering if someone could help me build a new computer. The computer I'm using now is horrible, but has lasted me and satisfied all my gaming needs:

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2666 MHz (20 x 133)
Motherboard Name IBM 8187NUA
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
System Memory 512 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (01/29/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 (Microsoft Corporation) (64 M
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
Monitor SyncMaster 2043NW/2043NWX [NoDB] (HVKQ800425)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24DB
SCSI/RAID Controller A3ZVAS5X IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive WDC WD400BB-23DEA0 (37 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive JLMS XJ-HD166S (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive KVS WHMFS1UZ49QN SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

My budget is like $400 Canadian. University really torn holes in my pocket.. any cheaper then $400 is great because I'll have money for food, and my GF. Haha.

I'm no extreme gamer obviously.. but I really enjoy MMOs like Mabinogi, and Dungeon and Fighter.

If the computer can be better then:
Newegg.com - Gateway DX4800-05e Pentium dual-core E5200(2.50GHz) 6GB DDR2 640GB NVIDIA GeForce 9200 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Desktop PCs
and cheaper.
I'd be very happy.

I was told to come here.. kind of shy because of my poor request.
I know I can handle putting together the computer.. if I have struggles - I have many friends that can help me.
I've helped do it couple times before.

$400CAD is basically my budget.

Thank you very much if you can help me.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Beating that computer won't be terribly difficult. I built a machine like yours with less ram for less than that a year and a half ago, and am still using it.

This barebone was posted a few days ago on Tigerdirect and it is better in my opinion:
Asus M2N68-AM SE2 Barebone Kit - GeForce 7025, AMD Phenom X4 9600, 4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800, 750GB HDD, Samsung DVDRW, ATX Case, 500W PSU ASUS M2N68-AM SE2, X4 9600, 4-750, DVDRW,500W at TigerDirect.com

I'd spec out a system step by step but I just worked the night shift and am exhausted. Needless to say it won't be hard, and the people here who know alot more than me will spec you out a dozen systems and spend countless forum pages arguing about power supplies. The endless cycle.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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unibroke,

that gateway computer you linked is $400 USD not CAD.

this is the place you wanna look

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

also, i think you have to factor in tax depending where you live.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh my gosh. I didn't notice there was a Canadian site. That makes a big difference - less shipping.

So I guess I should just wait it out till a pro comes in here?
Heh.

I'm getting kind of excited now, lol.
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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can you check to see how much tax you have to pay on the newegg.ca site?

this will give a better idea as to how much money you actually have to work with, unless you exclude the shipping from the $400 CAD budget.
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NCIX.com - Canada's Premier Computer Store - Great Technology, Service and Selection. is a Canadian site and has good prices and will price match NewEgg.ca as well. I have heard they are may cheaper on their shipping, too.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It won't let me put in my zip. I guess shipping is added to my total. Maybe I can force my parents to helping.. but doubt it.
Blah. I might get more money soon though.
So if the shipping isn't too high, then I'm fine.
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NCIX.com - Canada's Premier Computer Store - Great Technology, Service and Selection. is a Canadian site and has good prices and will price match NewEgg.ca as well. I have heard they are may cheaper on their shipping, too.
Uh.. I know how to put the parts together. I don't know how to buy the parts that go together. Heh.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Uh guys. I kind of want to be a bugger.. or a nuisance or anything.. but.. uh. I kind of still need help...
Uh thanks.
Sorry for the triple post..
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I don't** On last post.

But yah, I still need help over here.
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