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Old 02-27-2008, 02:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im putting together a budget gaming and family use pc on $450CAD max. So far this is what I have come up with.

1. CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 or E6400 ( which one is better?)
2. MoBo - ASUS P5B or P5K (which one is better?)
3. Memory - 1x2GB Corsair DDR2 667MHz + 1x1GB Corsair DDR2 667MHz (Is 3GB overkill? 1GB only cost $15 so why not.)
4. VideoCard - XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX
5. PowerSupply - ????

If you want to through in some suggestions go right ahead I would really appreciate all the help I can get.

Thanks, Chris
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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E4600 is better than E6400

I think 3GB is overkill. 2GB is more than enough
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I would suggest going with the E4600. The only real difference between the two is that the E6400 has a higher front side bus, but for moderate gaming and family use the E4600 is plenty.

Also, as far as a power supply goes, just look for something between 450-500W. That should give you all the power you need and then some.

And for the motherboard, look for a P35. I have found one on Newegg for you that is inexpensive, well rated, and will do everything you need it for.
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail
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Also, as far as a power supply goes, just look for something between 450-500W. That should give you all the power you need and then some.
Wattage is not the most important factor when choosing a power supply. I recommend the Corsair 450vx. It should provide more than enough power for your system.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX 12V 33A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-450VX In Canada.
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OK so I decided to sell my PS3 and use about $300 of it to my budget. I going to try and switch from a console gamer to a PC Gamer. Most of my friends have all the good consoles anyway so if I need my fix I go over the their house. Witht he new budget Ive changed all my ideas and im going Bigger and Better.

1. CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 ( I have this one but if I need a better one let me know?)
2. MoBo - Gigabyte P35(would this still be good for my new specs?)
3. Memory - 1x2GB Corsair DDR2 667MHz + 1x1GB Corsair DDR2 667MHz (Is 3GB overkill? 1GB only cost $15 so why not.)
4. VideoCard - EVGA GeForce 8800gt Overclocked
5. PowerSupply - ????

If you want to through in some suggestions go right ahead I would really appreciate all the help I can get.

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Old 02-27-2008, 03:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just check out newegg if you already haven't. They should have some great deals on everything your looking for. Also check reviews and that should tell you a bit about what brands are the best for memory, power supply etc. Do some extensive research that should help you build a better computer.
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I would go with this power supply for your new budget. It will provide more than enough power for your system with an 8800gt.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair HX520 CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX Triple 12V 40A Continuous 24PIN ATX Modular 120MM Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX In Canada.

Also 2x 1gb of ram is better than 1x 2gb.
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I take it since you mentioned CAN funds you are shopping in Canada? Hence no newegg for you.

A number of the items you are looking for are on sale right now at NCIX.com:

2GB of ballistix for $40CAN (best price i've ever seen them):
NCIX.com - Buy Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - BL2KIT12864AA804 In Canada.

Gigabyte P35 for $90:
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-P35-DS3L In Canada.

Corsair 520HX for $95:

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair HX520 CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX Triple 12V 40A Continuous 24PIN ATX Modular 120MM Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX In Canada.
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all the parts that jfenwick listed are pretty solid...
have you decided for sure on your video card yet?
i think i saw something about a '8800gt overclocked'... do you mean stock overclocked, orrrr...?
need any advice on the subject? i dont think anyone has made any just yet... hmmm... - RK
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Yah I have pritty much desided to go with the gigabyte p35 L or P upgrading to an e6750 and a venquisher, 8800gt factory overclocked and 2gb of Crucial Ballistics memory with a corsair 550w PSU. Final price should be under $600 CAD.
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