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so finally finished school and back at home
after finishing up with cleaning n stuff i've finally got the time for a pc
i was planning on waiting til i find a job and make some money
but there is a very good deal going on for the sb i5 2400 and the antec tp-650
as well, i NEED a pc this week because somebody is buying my netbook that i've been using (got a good price for it, so get rid of it asap!)
therefore, i want to get it built first without a gpu, and save up money for a gpu later

this is a budget build so please give some advice!
before i continue, please don't say things like "2500k, oc!" because i don't do anythin cpu intensive and don't need that extra performance (and heat) as well the 2400 is on a very good deal right now

i5 2400 (good deal, $20 more than i3 2100)
asus p8h61-m (is this ok compared to p8h67-m board?)
g.skill ripjaws 2x2gb 1600mhz cl9
antec tp-650 (overkill but on sale for half price!)
wdc black 640gb (no spinpoint available here and this is $7 more than 500gb)
antec 100 case
asus 24x dvd burner

since parts here are more expensive than the US and there is a 13% sales tax, total comes to about $560

my plan is to get an asus gtx 460 top or asus hd 6850 in the near future if i can catch a good sale
Edited by reyo - 5/3/11 at 7:41am
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post #2 of 13
you can't get a f3 from newegg.ca? Also you don't have an OS listed unless your gonna use Ubuntu, Fedora, PC BSD or something.
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you can't get a f3 from newegg.ca? Also you don't have an OS listed unless your gonna use Ubuntu, Fedora, PC BSD or something.
on newegg.ca yes, but i only shop at ncix here because i never shop online

i have OS already because my university provide each student with win7pro genuine serial # for "free" but im sure we pay for it in our tuition
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I hate to be "that guy," but I recommend going with an AMD rig based on your budget. This would even let you get a GPU right away, if you were so inclined.
This is just my opinion, but I feel like if you aren't pushing for at least a 2500k, it's not worth going for Sandy Bridge at all. Not to mention that with a i5 2400 and a H61 board, you can't even overclock, and that's no fun!
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I hate to be "that guy," but I recommend going with an AMD rig based on your budget. This would even let you get a GPU right away, if you were so inclined.
This is just my opinion, but I feel like if you aren't pushing for at least a 2500k, it's not worth going for Sandy Bridge at all. Not to mention that with a i5 2400 and a H61 board, you can't even overclock, and that's no fun!
i originally wanted a phenom 955 + asus 890gx build, but that is only $10 cheaper than this build (exact same parts except cpu and mobo) and the 2400 has much much higher benchmark from what i see and the onboard gpu are about the same

and in this case i can use onboard for now until i get a dedicated

i don't see the point of oc for me personlly because i don't do anythin cpu intensive and don't need that extra performance anytime now or anytime later. it's like driving a ferrari when all you're going to do is go to school and buy groceries.....overkill. and i'm not a hardware guy i just want to change to a pc and get it "done" and not have to fidget around with it everyday

the 2400 is on sale right now that's why i'm considering it, else i'd be going for the i3 2100 which is only $20 less right now
Edited by reyo - 5/3/11 at 8:55am
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It's okay if you just "want a PC" and you really don't want/need to do any OC. The H61 is fine since you only have one HDD so none of that raid stuff will be necessary, as well you won't need SATA3 with an HDD. Unless you plan on getting a SATA3 SSD in future or you want USB 3.0 then the H67 is not necessary.

The TP650 is a very big overkill but if it's on sale then go ahead, it's also part modular. Without a GPU your system can run off probably 100W of power, and even with a GTX 460 or HD 6850 prolly only 400 is "needed". Always good to have more though since PSU's degrade in time.

If you shop at NCIX then you must be located in Canada? Whereabouts are you? I'm in Vancouver and I also love to shop at NCIX, especially with their quick and easy price match system.
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It's okay if you just "want a PC" and you really don't want/need to do any OC. The H61 is fine since you only have one HDD so none of that raid stuff will be necessary, as well you won't need SATA3 with an HDD. Unless you plan on getting a SATA3 SSD in future or you want USB 3.0 then the H67 is not necessary.

The TP650 is a very big overkill but if it's on sale then go ahead, it's also part modular. Without a GPU your system can run off probably 100W of power, and even with a GTX 460 or HD 6850 prolly only 400 is "needed". Always good to have more though since PSU's degrade in time.

If you shop at NCIX then you must be located in Canada? Whereabouts are you? I'm in Vancouver and I also love to shop at NCIX, especially with their quick and easy price match system.
i may get ssd in future but they are fine on sata2 as well though, no?

i'm in toronto (other side of you), we've finally had some ncix open up here as well
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on newegg.ca yes, but i only shop at ncix here because i never shop online
Why... You don't know what your missing!
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Stuff you listed looks good enough for office work and light gaming (when you get real gpu). Only thing you should consider is getting motherboard with 3.0 USB. (if you don't need that any motherboard will do just fine)
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Why... You don't know what your missing!
because stuff on newegg.ca are expensive
but when things ARE on sale, i get price matched at NCIX and shop local without paying shipping

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Stuff you listed looks good enough for office work and light gaming (when you get real gpu). Only thing you should consider is getting motherboard with 3.0 USB. (if you don't need that any motherboard will do just fine)
yeah I was considering usb 3.0... i'm not sure... is it very useful? I probably don't use usb except for mouse/keyboard and right after I get everything setup where I need to import everything from my external ... and prolly use it for usb stick every now and then
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