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Hey everyone, I am looking to build a computer for my girlfriend's parents (no gaming here, just possibly some youtube videos and what not) under or around $400 CND. This is what I have.

AMD Phenom II X4 840: $ 96 http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=AMD

G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4Gb: $30 http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=G.SKILL

CM Elite Case: $36 http://www.directcanada.com/products...e=COOLERMASTER

XFX 450W PRO450W: $47 http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=XFX

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB: $36 http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=SEAGATE

Comes to $246, now I don't know much about AMD motherbaords or low end video, so this is where I could use some help! A video card capable of playing Youtube HD videos would be prefered (and all around UI smoothness on windows 7), and a solid motherboard (doesn't need to be fancy, but I don't want to get crap either). Thanks for any help you can give, I appreciate it!
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Hey everyone, I am looking to build a computer for my girlfriend's parents (no gaming here, just possibly some youtube videos and what not) under or around $400 CND. This is what I have.

AMD Phenom II X4 840: $ 96 http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=AMD

G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4Gb: $30 http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=G.SKILL

CM Elite Case: $36 http://www.directcanada.com/products...e=COOLERMASTER

XFX 450W PRO450W: $47 http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=XFX

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB: $36 http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=SEAGATE

Comes to $246, now I don't know much about AMD motherbaords or low end video, so this is where I could use some help! A video card capable of playing Youtube HD videos would be prefered (and all around UI smoothness on windows 7), and a solid motherboard (doesn't need to be fancy, but I don't want to get crap either). Thanks for any help you can give, I appreciate it!
Videocards:
http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=SAPPHIRE
http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=DIAMOND

Motherboards:
http://www.directcanada.com/products...nufacture=ASUS
http://www.directcanada.com/products...nufacture=ASUS
http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=GIGABYTE
 
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lmao, a 5450 for $40+.....
If you dont game at all just get a mobo with a built in Radeon 4250 OR you can get a ATI 5450 but dont pay more than $20 for one.

I had a 1gb Sapphire 5450, my Mobo has a built in 4250, and now I have a 4850 so I know what im talking about.

Also, that power supply is an overkill for that system BIG time. Get an Antec earthwatts or something cheap but high quality and efficient.
Edited by 96shox - 7/21/11 at 4:18pm
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How about you put one of the new AMD APU's in there? Their on-die GPU's are better than most cheap discrete GPU's. Less power also.

Add a A8-3850 or A6-3650 and a FM1 mobo (can be found for less than 80$) along with all the other parts and total comes in at less than 400.
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for just general use there is no reason to need a phenom quad. a dual Athlon is more than enough for even moderate gaming. (my friend has one paired with a GTX280 and it games surprisingly well.)
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Originally Posted by Crecente View Post
How about you put one of the new AMD APU's in there? Their on-die GPU's are better than most cheap discrete GPU's. Less power also.

Add a A8-3850 or A6-3650 and a FM1 mobo (can be found for less than 80$) along with all the other parts and total comes in at less than 400.
+1000

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
AMD A8-3850

Add in the case of your choice and you come out to ~400-425 CAN

Assuming you want to use the site you listed, you can stick with your hd you chose (no f3 on their site), and keep the case you chose, and add the parts I listed for it to come out to ~423

Edited by CRosko42 - 7/21/11 at 5:05pm
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by CRosko42 View Post
+1000

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
AMD A8-3850

Add in the case of your choice and you come out to ~400-425 CAN

Assuming you want to use the site you listed, you can stick with your hd you chose (no f3 on their site), and keep the case you chose, and add the parts I listed for it to come out to ~423
Direct Canada is one of the cheapest in Canada, so that is why I chose it. Thanks everyone!
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post #8 of 11
Or go to NCIX.ca and price match your stuff from Direct Canada to their site. They've combos sometimes.
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post #9 of 11
Might want to have a look at NCIX
$4.99 shipping for all orders above $50 and below 100 lbs

You can price match to any lower directcanada prices or the price of any other retailer that sells in Canada. Save cash!

My recommendations on the two different platforms:

AM3 platform
AMD Phenom II x4 840 - $100
Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 - $92, $82 AR (or if you don't mind a refurbished mobo use this MSI 785G for $45) - 760G or lower end nVidia integrated graphics will NOT fully accelerate HD video and neither accelerate YouTube video.
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $30 (better RAM for same price!)
Apex DM-317 SFF case + PSU (I own this and can attest to it as a great smaller form factor case & decent (enough) PSU - speaking of which for builds like these I always recommend SFF) - $36.47 price matched
Seagate 1TB HDD - $48
ASUS 24X DVD-RW - $17.79 price matched
Shipping - $6 for entire order
Total cost: Between $283.26 and $330.26 shipped before reates

FM1 platform
AMD A8 3850 quad core/HD6550D + ASUS A75 mATX - $240 (or get a cheaper A6 3650 + Gigabyte mobo combo for $194/$184 AR)
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $30 (better RAM for same price!)
Apex DM-317 SFF case + PSU (I own this and can attest to it as a great smaller form factor case & decent (enough) PSU - speaking of which for builds like these I always recommend SFF) - $36.47 price matched
Seagate 1TB HDD - $48
ASUS 24X DVD-RW - $17.79 price matched
Shipping - $6 for entire order
Total cost: Between $332.26 and $378.26 shipped before rebates

For expandability (future APUs?) I highly recommend choosing the Socket FM1 platform over the AM3 extra cost
Edited by xd_1771 - 7/22/11 at 2:04am
post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fooxz View Post
for just general use there is no reason to need a phenom quad. a dual Athlon is more than enough for even moderate gaming. (my friend has one paired with a GTX280 and it games surprisingly well.)
I completely agree - I was going to post that a Quad-core is over-board for Regular use.
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