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Anyways, let's make this quick'n'dirty n of course, totally Canadian. Suggestions at NCIX:
AMD A8 3850 APU - $130 price matched
Gigabyte A75M-S2V - $84
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $30 (RAM performance is CRUCIAL on the AMD APU platform - generic 1333 9-9-9-24 will cause a large scale bottleneck; get a 1600Mhz kit for sure - besides, this is cheaper than every generic 1333 memory kit on NCIX)
Seagate 1TB HDD - $49.69 price matched (or if you can make it this weekend, grab the WD Black 750GB for $50 on instore weekend specials - fast drive for great price!)
Samsung DVD drive - $16
Apex DM-317 small form factor case + PSU - $36 (for builds like these I always recommend small form factor)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $86 price match (I don't understand though, is this required or not? original post wording confuses me; if you don't need an OS, substitute this for an SSD and get epic boot performance!)
PICKUP at any NCIX Toronto location (Markham, Scarborough or Mississauga)

Total cost before taxes: $431.69
Total cost after 13% Ontario harmonized sales tax (HST) (I bet none of you guys even knew about this): $487.80
You are well within budget and getting a great PC for your sister

Heck, the A8 3850 is overkill. Just get an A6 3650 for her and save some cash! Maybe an even cheaper dual core APU once one comes out.
Or you could go with this combo, at the sacrifice of some graphics power and slightly higher power consumption vs the APU:
Athlon x3 440 OEM + MSI 785G motherboard - $100
Arctic Cooling alpine 64 - basic AM3 cooler - $5.50 price matched (the CPU + mobo combo includes an OEM chip which has no cooler, so grab this cheap one)
Putting your CPU + mobo cost at just $105.50 down from the $200-250 range, and pushing your total build cost down to $365.20 after tax. Including the OS. While still being able to more than fulfill your sister's needs for the next 5 years.
You will even have room to add this OCZ Vertex 2 50GB SSD for ultra fast boot times, and your build cost will still be well within $500 at $461.25 after tax.
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/1/11 at 12:28am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.689111

Not too bad of a setup for the money.
 
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Originally Posted by Xyphyr View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.689111

Not too bad of a setup for the money.
1. Supercombos are TERRIBLE deals (the setup I have above, configured with the A8 3850 APU, costs only $431.69 before taxes and essentially provides the same performance for significantly less price - actually it doesn't have 8GB of RAM, but a DDR3-1600 8GB kit is only $25 extra on NCIX over 4GB, pushing the overall cost to.... still less than the supercombo!)
2. Newegg.com doesn't apply, the OP is in Canada
post #44 of 60
Sorry op, I did not realize that newegg does not apply to canada

I will try to work something up for you in canada soon.
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post #45 of 60
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Anyways, let's make this quick'n'dirty n of course, totally Canadian. Suggestions at NCIX:
AMD A8 3850 APU - $130 price matched
Gigabyte A75M-S2V - $84
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $30 (RAM performance is CRUCIAL on the AMD APU platform - generic 1333 9-9-9-24 will cause a large scale bottleneck; get a 1600Mhz kit for sure - besides, this is cheaper than every generic 1333 memory kit on NCIX)
Seagate 1TB HDD - $49.69 price matched (or if you can make it this weekend, grab the WD Black 750GB for $50 on instore weekend specials - fast drive for great price!)
Samsung DVD drive - $16
Apex DM-317 small form factor case + PSU - $36 (for builds like these I always recommend small form factor)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $86 price match (I don't understand though, is this required or not? original post wording confuses me; if you don't need an OS, substitute this for an SSD and get epic boot performance!)
PICKUP at any NCIX Toronto location (Markham, Scarborough or Mississauga)

Total cost before taxes: $431.69
Total cost after 13% Ontario harmonized sales tax (HST) (I bet none of you guys even knew about this): $487.80
You are well within budget and getting a great PC for your sister

Heck, the A8 3850 is overkill. Just get an A6 3650 for her and save some cash! Maybe an even cheaper dual core APU once one comes out.
Or you could go with this combo, at the sacrifice of some graphics power and slightly higher power consumption vs the APU:
Athlon x3 440 OEM + MSI 785G motherboard - $100
Arctic Cooling alpine 64 - basic AM3 cooler - $5.50 price matched (the CPU + mobo combo includes an OEM chip which has no cooler, so grab this cheap one)
Putting your CPU + mobo cost at just $105.50 down from the $200-250 range, and pushing your total build cost down to $365.20 after tax. Including the OS. While still being able to more than fulfill your sister's needs for the next 5 years.
You will even have room to add this OCZ Vertex 2 50GB SSD for ultra fast boot times, and your build cost will still be well within $500 at $461.25 after tax.
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post #46 of 60
I don't think his sister needs an A8-3850 for every day tasks guys.

Here is what I suggest he gets. It will be both power saving and cheap, so the cost will spread be cheaper in the long run as well.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61184&...cture=SAPPHIRE <-- this motherboard and cpu combo is like the one I linked earlier, but a different brand. 116 CAD

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=43601&...cture=Kingston <-- 2GB of ram, I don't think 1GB is enough and will lead to using the swap space from HDD which will slow everything down a lot. I am surprised that DDR3 memory costs so much in Canada. 25.46 CAD

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=50766&...ufacture=INWIN <-- small case for mini ITX, comes with a meh PSU. 49.99 CAD

That is it, it seems! I will now try to get the total up there.

191.45 CAD subtotal
13% Ontario harmonized sales tax (HST) = 24.89 CAD
Total = 216.34 CAD
Edited by hak8or - 8/1/11 at 5:08am
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Alright, after thinking about it overnight and looking at all of the help given, I have come up with the following:

AMD A8 3850 $130
ASUS F1A75-V Pro $115
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 $30
Samsung DVD Drive $16
Cooler Master HAF 912 $50
Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB $60
Seasonic M12II 520W Modular Power Supply $90

Total: $491

What do you guys think about this particular setup? I think this setup is pretty good and I quite like it. The power supply I wanted to get a modular one just to keep things nice and tidy inside the case and as for the HAF 912, it was chosen by her. What do you guys think? I am quite pleased with this setup while still staying under budget.
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post #48 of 60
Components wise I think that is a great build. It's going to do her well.

The only word of warning is this: Your sister is not a computer techy, or a gamer, etc. She is going to find an HAF case simply ugly, and it's going to stick out in her dorm room like a sore thumb. I'd reconsider it, get something simple and un-obtrusive.

I'm not going into detail with case recommendations, as you know her better, and maybe I'm way off base, but something more along the lines of a simple fractal. It's quiet on the outside aesthetically, but very well designed on the inside with features, etc.

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58...actal%20Design
     
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Quote:
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Components wise I think that is a great build. It's going to do her well.

The only word of warning is this: Your sister is not a computer techy, or a gamer, etc. She is going to find an HAF case simply ugly, and it's going to stick out in her dorm room like a sore thumb. I'd reconsider it, get something simple and un-obtrusive.

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http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58...actal%20Design
Thanks for the recommendation. But it's funny actually, she always liked the look of my HAF 932 AMD Edition and she actually said she wanted the HAF 912 case for her build based on the looks and the smaller size.
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Thanks for the recommendation. But it's funny actually, she always liked the look of my HAF 932 AMD Edition and she actually said she wanted the HAF 912 case for her build based on the looks and the smaller size.
Haha, well then good, I personally don't like the HAF's, so your sister is more techy then me!
     
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