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superbruceko

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An Alternative Built

I got an alternative built

AMD AM2 D.Core 4600
Asus M2N-E SLI
Kingston KHX8500D2K2/2G (1Gx2)
ATI Radeon HD 3850 256M GDR3
320G SATA2 16M Hard Disk
L/G Or Liteon 18X DVD RW
Sound & Lan GBL On Board
Antec Sonata 3 Quite Case
Antec 500W PSU

649.99 before tax

what do you guys think of this?





Hi, I'm thinking of building a new desktop with med-high specs and want some feedbacks on the overall performance, gaming performance, compatibility between parts, and pricing (in Canadian Dollars) Thnx :)

So here it is:

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Socket LGA775, 2.4 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache, 65nm (Retail Box) (BX80557E4600)
$149.99

RAM
Transcend (JM2GDDR2-8K) 2 GB DDR2 800 (PC6400)
$38

Transcend (JM2GDDR2-8K) 2 GB DDR2 800 (PC6400)
$38

HD
Seagate 250G (ST3250410AS) (Promotional Cash Price!!!) 16M Barracuda 7200.10 SATA NCQ 3.0Gb/s (OEM)
$59.99

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Socket 775 Intel P31 + ICH7 Dual-Channel DDR2 800/667/533Mhz GigaLAN 7.1-Channel Audio Support 1333Mhz FSB
http://www.gigabyte....?ProductID=2615
$85.99

Graphic Card
BFG 8600GT OC2 (after $50 MIRMarch 1 - March 31) (ThermoIntelligence) nVidia GeForce 8600GT Chipset (620Mhz) 512MB (1.5Ghz) GDDR3 Dual Dual-Link DVI PCI-Express Graphics Card
$131.99

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE Value Pack Sound Card (OEM)
$25.99

Modem
AOpen FM56-SVV PCI 56K Software Modem
$13.99

DVD-RW
LG GSA-H22L 18X DVD-RW Lightscribe
$29.99

Floppy
Sony 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive Black (OEM)
$8.99

Power Supply
450 Watt ATX Power Supply with 20 & 24 Pins (OEM)
$17

Desktop Tower/Case
Thermaltake VG7000BNS Soprano RS 101 Mid Tower Case w/o window Black
http://www.thermalta...1/vg7000bns.asp
$53

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PC Subtotal
$652.92

Monitor
Acer AL1916WAb Black 19" widescreen LCD 5 ms, 1440 x 900 300 cd/m2 700:1 0.294 mm, VGA (HD-15)
$173.99

OS
Microsoft Windows Visat Home Premium (OEM)
$125

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Total Before Tax
$951.91


G.S.T.
$57.11

P.S.T.
$76.15

Total After Tax
$1085.17

Edited by superbruceko, 14 March 2008 - 05:27 AM.

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Are you a heavy gamer? Where are you buying this computer?
There's quite a few things I'll change personally but I need to know your budget for this.
I usually buy computer parts at NCIX.

This is the build I came up with while waiting for your response :)
DVD-writer: Pioneer DVR-212D Black = $27.99
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 = $59.99
RAM: Mushkin HP PC2-6400 HP2-6400 2GB = $55.99, $45.99 after rebate
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 = $90.28
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT OEM = $99.99
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.66GHZ 1333FSB 4MB Retail = $195.98
Video Card: XFX GeForce 9600GT 650MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out = $179.99, $149.99 after rebate
Power Supply: Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX = $99.99, $84.99 after rebate

Total comes to $810.20 before taxes and shipping, I also didn't include the monitor and the case.
You can also Price Match (using Canadian retailers) these parts to lower the cost.
Another thing about NCIX, I think they don't charge you PST.

Kamille

Edited by kamille316, 13 March 2008 - 11:30 AM.

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Are you a heavy gamer? Where are you buying this computer?
There's quite a few things I'll change personally but I need to know your budget for this.
I usually buy computer parts at NCIX.

This is the build I came up with while waiting for your response :)
DVD-writer: Pioneer DVR-212D Black = $27.99
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 = $59.99
RAM: Mushkin HP PC2-6400 HP2-6400 2GB = $55.99, $45.99 after rebate
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 = $90.28
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT OEM = $99.99
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.66GHZ 1333FSB 4MB Retail = $195.98
Video Card: XFX GeForce 9600GT 650MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out = $179.99, $149.99 after rebate
Power Supply: Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX = $99.99, $84.99 after rebate

Total comes to $810.20 before taxes and shipping, I also didn't include the monitor and the case.
You can also Price Match (using Canadian retailers) these parts to lower the cost.
Another thing about NCIX, I think they don't charge you PST.

Kamille


I'm a gamer but not hardcore.
I'm getting all these parts in a Toronto Store downtown by University of Toronto http://www.filtechco...r.com/index.php

Originally I wanted to build a desktop capable of gaming (latest game at med setting is fine for me) for around $500 but it went kind of over budget.

Also I don't really want to buy a new monitor for 200 bucks, you have any solution for that? I heard some one that you can use ur laptop as monitor but I don't think that would work properly

Edited by superbruceko, 13 March 2008 - 11:36 AM.

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I'm very skeptical with the powersupply and the RAM you mentioned before. Power supply is the one you don't want to skimp on because if it dies, sometimes it takes other components with it as well. Better safe than sorry.
I don't know about the laptop screen as a monitor, I only have tried it the other way like using an LCD monitor to use for the laptop.

Edited by kamille316, 13 March 2008 - 11:39 AM.

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Okay I'll build another one from that site.
I'm very skeptical with the powersupply and the RAM you mentioned before. Power supply is the one you don't want to skimp on because if it dies, sometimes it takes other components with it as well. Better safe than sorry.


~$500 and $600 (if you really have to) would be awesome!

Thnx Mate
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These are the ones I would change from your build. This doesn't really lower the price and you're still way above the $500-$600 budget.
Power Supply: Corsair (CMPSU-450VX) 450W Atx 12V 33A 24PIN Atx Power Supply Active Pfc 120MM Fan (need to call for the price)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Socket 775 Intel P35 + ICH9 Dual-Channel DDR2 1066/800/667/533Mhz GigaLAN 8-Channel Audio Support 1333Mhz FSB = $95.00
RAM: You should get any one of these brands OCZ, Mushkin or Corsair
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These are the ones I would change from your build. This doesn't really lower the price and you're still way above the $500-$600 budget.
Power Supply: Corsair (CMPSU-450VX) 450W Atx 12V 33A 24PIN Atx Power Supply Active Pfc 120MM Fan (need to call for the price)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Socket 775 Intel P35 + ICH9 Dual-Channel DDR2 1066/800/667/533Mhz GigaLAN 8-Channel Audio Support 1333Mhz FSB = $95.00
RAM: You should get any one of these brands OCZ, Mushkin or Corsair

why change the motherboard?
Is my motherboard not compatible with something?
Thnx
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why change the motherboard?
Is my motherboard not compatible with something?
Thnx

I don't really know the difference, but I see lots of people here recommend it and I have not heard of the P31 boards.
I did search the internet and found that the p35 has 4 more USB expansions and can support up to 8GB of RAM (the P31 only supports 4GB).
They both have different south bridge, though I don't know how important that is.
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I really suggest you buy everything but the case at NCIX, the prices are much better and because you don't pay PST, it'll more then cover the shipping costs.
The differences between the two motherboards, basically your lose two RAM slots and the P31 isn't as good of an overclocking.

kamille316 has already given a much better build, just get a cheaper PSU (don't sacrifice quality) and then then get the cheaper GPU and CPU that you had posted in your orgianl post.
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I got an alternative built

AMD AM2 D.Core 4600
Asus M2N-E SLI
Kingston KHX8500D2K2/2G (1Gx2)
ATI Radeon HD 3850 256M GDR3
320G SATA2 16M Hard Disk
L/G Or Liteon 18X DVD RW
Sound & Lan GBL On Board
Antec Sonata 3 Quite Case
Antec 500W PSU

649.99 before tax

what do you guys think of this?
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It looks good. Though I'd make the following change.
http://www.ncix.com/...mp;promoid=1020
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