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http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...5&sku=B69-0366

Biostar N68S3B GeForce Barebones Kit - Biostar N68S3B Motherboard, AMD Phenom II X4 805 CPU, CPU Fan, Patriot 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 RAM, Seagate 1TB HDD, 22x DVDRW, Thermaltake ATX Mid-Tower, 450-Watt PSU

At that price point, would I be able to get anything better separately? I'll probably add a video card (5770?) to round out the build. I've checked ncix and memoryexpress and don't seem to be able to build anything similar for that price.

What do you guys think?


EDIT:

Bumping old thread. I've decided to go with a Phenom X4 955BE with a basic motherboard MSI 860-G45 (http://ncix.com/products/?sku=55820&...SI%2FMicroStar) along with a Radeon 5770. Any suggestions for RAM? Opinions on the x4 955be?
Edited by MokFlurry - 6/15/11 at 3:16pm
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I've not heard flattering things about tiger Direct.

whats your budget and intended use
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Can you elaborate?

Basically looking for a budget(sorta?) computer that can play some games. Nothing extremely demanding, SC2 will probably be the newest game it will play.

I'm thinking about some sort of AMD build like a Phenom II X4 paired with a cheap motherboard along with 4gb of basic ddr2 ram and a video card around ~100 like a 5770 or such.

Just wondering if I would be able to build anything similar at that price point as that $299 CAD price tag makes it very appealing considering all the parts that are included in that bundle.
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post #4 of 13
Don't use this barebones kit. For an absolute equal suggestion of parts, buy these parts from NCIX locally in Vancouver:
AMD Phenom II x4 810 + MSI 870-G45 - $150, $135 AR
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $73 price matched
Mushkin Enhanced Volta 500W (350W continuous/500W peak) - $27, $20 AR - will take the 810 + 5770 just fine
Seagate 7200.12 1TB - $54.69 price matched
LG 24X DVD - $18 (weekend specials)
Thermaltake V4 - $40, $30 AR
Subtotal: $362.69
Total after taxes: $406.21
Total after rebates: $374.21
Shipping cost: none

I know my deal does seem more on the expensive side of things but consider this: TigerDirect also charges BC HST taxes, and is probably going to bog you down with very expensive shipping costs. Plus their parts quality choice is very poor. You can of course reduce this price i.e. getting 4GB of RAM as opposed to 8GB (which you probably won't need)
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Originally Posted by MokFlurry View Post
Can you elaborate?

Basically looking for a budget(sorta?) computer that can play some games. Nothing extremely demanding, SC2 will probably be the newest game it will play.

I'm thinking about some sort of AMD build like a Phenom II X4 paired with a cheap motherboard along with 4gb of basic ddr2 ram and a video card around ~100 like a 5770 or such.

Just wondering if I would be able to build anything similar at that price point as that $299 CAD price tag makes it very appealing considering all the parts that are included in that bundle.
XD's suggestions is better and parts selections is also better.

A lot of feedback about TD I see in other forums is around the lines of, wrong parts turn up or the descriptions online aren't accurate, issues with timely delivery etc, warranty return issues etc. Having said that Im sure people have good experiences as well.

See below. Most of the feedback there is not flattering and is typical of what I've seen.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/sear...&ie=UTF-8#1052
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Just a thought: You might be able to find some better deals if you check Craigslist. i.e. a case can be had on Craigslist much cheaper in store, if you don't care much about looks then a case off CL will be fine. DVD drives are usually also cheaper, then there's other items sometimes sold like DDR3 RAM, etc. No 12% HST too. Not saying you should buy all your items at Craigslist, but you should take a look. I built a $100 HTPC leveraging a lot of deals from Craigslist (incl. a $10 Athlon X2 processor). The best choice for parts off Craigslist for you would most probably be the case & DVD drive, maybe RAM.
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/4/11 at 8:38pm
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post #8 of 13
You bought the 955 with an 870-G45!? We have a massive problem... these boards are dangerous to run with 125W TDP CPUs of any sort
I've been trying to tell NCIX to stop marketing this CPU & board in combo........


There is the new NCIX sale tonight at 6:30PM if you can wait a couple of hours. They also have a couple extra deals up on Facebook because of the Canucks game tonight.
post #9 of 13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186168
Decent board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131402R
Really nice board if you dont mind open box. I think I bought the last one that was not open box...
post #10 of 13
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186168
Decent board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131402R
Really nice board if you dont mind open box. I think I bought the last one that was not open box...
It should be noted OP shops in Canada, where you'd preferably be buying at NCIX or CanadaComputers or wherever based in Canada that doesn't cost a lot to ship
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