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A dear Canadian friend of mine is looking at purchasing a pre-built PC, (which parts-wise figures to about CA$600) for approximately CA$615. Now, gentlemen, start your engines! What sort of builds would everyone suggest for playing at relatively low resolutions and relatively low graphics settings? I advised him to perhaps peruse fleabay for used 6xxx and 5xx series cards being flogged off by early adopters, but I was unsure of how successful he may be in his endeavors.
If anyone has any constructive input (positive or negative) feel free. In the meantime I will search for the specifications of this pre built he was looking at!

Aaaaand GO!
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I started trying to do a build, I just don't know many of the Canadian vendors. So I would just aim for something like below, should fit in that budget.

i3 2100
4GB DDR3
500GB-1TB HDD
Decent Case
500w+ PSU
Radeon 6870

That will get you medium-very high settings on most games if your at a lower resolution like 1680x1050 and should fit in that budget.
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post #3 of 9
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Similar to what I was thinking myself, good sir.

I built a relatively similar build a few months ago, but using a G620 and older GPU for further reducing price.

Newegg.ca is an option, but not being an American or Canadian I don't have personal experience with newegg tongue.gif
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Newegg is awesome. If I had to, I would spend a couple extra bucks just to get it from there. I buy 99.9% of all my parts from there for the past 7 years.

Rosewill Blackbone Case $39
I normally recommend the Rosewill Destroyer for a budget case. It has good fans to start with an excellent build quality for the price. However, you cannot get free shipping on it and it would probably make it out of your budget.

Thermaltake TR2 430 Power Supply $43
Normally I'm not huge on TT products anymore, but this is highly rated and a good price for ca...

Asus H67 Mobo $115

Pentium G850 $93
I'd go G850 and a better video card rather than splurge for the i3 2100/2120.

4GB Ram $25
I'm partial to Corsair. Usually stick with their higher models, but the budget stuff will work fine.

500gb Samsung F3 $75
Great drive, I have the 1TB one and had to send it in for warranty. Was very impressed with the customer service.

Cheap DVD Burner $17

Windows 7 $115

Sapphire 6870 $160

Total $682, leaves a little room for shipping.
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He already has a copy of W7 ready to install, so he can save a bit on that. Perhaps upgrade CPU to something a bit more hyperthreaddy and gigahertzzy. I appreciate your input seph!
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Then ya, get the 2100 or 2120 in there, and if its in the budget go up to a GTX 560ti.

I'm kind of surprised nobody else responded here. Usually these threads are busy.
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Originally Posted by sepheroth003 View Post

Then ya, get the 2100 or 2120 in there, and if its in the budget go up to a GTX 560ti.
I'm kind of surprised nobody else responded here. Usually these threads are busy.

They get busy, if they're actually put in the right forum.
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Newegg should generally be avoided if you are in Canada.  This is due to high shipping costs of shipping from American warehouses.  Also, most major Canadian computer retailers price match.  If Newegg has a lower price, you can price match to it (before shipping price), or any other Canadian competitor.


I personally shop at NCIX or MemoryExpress as they are local to Vancouver.  CanadaComputers does limited shipping I believe.  MemoryExpress has a nice price match/beat policy and has stores in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver and ships nationwide but has limited inventory.  NCIX has a larger inventory choice (much larger), price match policy, rewards programs/perks, great tech forum, among other things, and weekly sales (and other once-in-a-while epic events like warehouse clearance sales); I normally shop there.  Newegg has an even larger inventory due to its larger US catalog but everything is generally more expensive; Newegg is okay for once-in-awhile deals as well as items you don't find on NCIX (it varies).  If he can buy locally, do it.  If he can't, shipping within Canada is cheaper.  Some stores like DirectCanada and BestDirect (both are subsidiaries of NCIX, just under a different site with different rules but sharing the same stock and warehouse) may offer free shipping deals.  DirectCanada has a free shipping over $50 (or was it $100) offer and is great for items with larger cases among other things, but no price match like NCIX and others.  BestDirect also has free shipping on individual items occasionally.  NCIX items normally do not offer free shipping offers except on few items during weekly sales.


Edited by xd_1771 - 3/31/12 at 11:21pm
post #9 of 9
How about this

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($338.91 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX)

Total:$709.56 shipped and after mir $699.56

Hope you like it smile.gif
Edited by Tarun - 3/31/12 at 11:39pm
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