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Hey everyone, so I just finished putting together a build for a friend. The budget was 600$ but I tried to keep it a bit below because of shipping and taxes.

Anyway here it is:

Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB 142$

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
42.99$
Thermaltake TR2 500W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN Power Supply with 120MM Fan 48.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN SATA 6GB/S With NCQ Internal Hard Drive OEM 37.99


Thermaltake V4 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 EXT 4X3.5 INT Front USB Audio No PSU 40.15


Sapphire Radeon Xtreme HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB 4GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E DVI HDMI DisplayPort Video Card 134.99


Gigabyte P67A-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 1PCI-E16 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
114.99

Current total before tax and shipping is 563.05$

Alright so the only parts I'm concerned about are mainly the motherboard, power supply and the video card.

I thought the 5850 fit perfectly into the budget, however if there is a better card for cheaper/same price I am open to that.

The motherboard seams to be good for the price, I am unsure if my friend will ever use crossfire/sli. Also it should be able to Overclock should my friend ever want to do that.

The last part I am unsure about is the Power Supply, for 48.99 can I get a better one to power this build?

I'm also open to any case suggestions within the 40-50$ range.

Since I am in Canada I use NCIX or newegg.ca, or any other Canadian site since I can price match with NCIX. Any response will be appreciated.
Edited by james_ant - 4/29/11 at 10:40pm
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looks good, but get a stronger CPU. I would say get a K chip if you can, if not, then at least a good i5.

possible this CPU.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57964&...ufacture=Intel
Edited by thrasherht - 4/29/11 at 11:08pm
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looks good, but get a stronger CPU. I would say get a K chip if you can, if not, then at least a good i5.
Ya, that would break the budget though. I was originally getting the i3 over a Phenom x4 build as they out perform them.

I also just decided on getting a Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower over the Thermaltake V4
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With that budget I would say go for AMD, but it's not my place here. Do some research on your psu, some of the tr2 versions have caused system instability. I do not know if yours is guilty, or if it has been fixed.

I'm not familiar with the case, but it looks slick, just making sure it has decent cable management.
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With that budget I would say go for AMD, but it's not my place here. Do some research on your psu, some of the tr2 versions have caused system instability. I do not know if yours is guilty, or if it has been fixed.

I'm not familiar with the case, but it looks slick, just making sure it has decent cable management.
The V4 actually doesnt have much cable managment which is why were going with the Haf 912 for 10$ more.

As far as the 2500K goes we decided that its worth it to pay a bit more for it. So with 13% tax its gunna be 750$.
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The V4 actually doesnt have much cable managment which is why were going with the Haf 912 for 10$ more.

As far as the 2500K goes we decided that its worth it to pay a bit more for it. So with 13% tax its gunna be 750$.
good choice, you wont' regret it.
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