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My friend is looking for a gaming PC, low budget around 550$ from canadian websites such as ncix.ca, newegg.ca, directcanada.com, etc

He plays mostly Skyrim, he wants to be able to (close to) max/ultra, on a 23" -> 1920x1080 monitor. Win7

He doesn't want a fancy case, so a thermaltake v3 for example would be probably fine.

I would've buy a AMD build a few months ago, but Intel is simply crushing AMD. Im a AMD fanboy for the sake of having competition, but they simply can't make it for now. Therefore, an i3 will mostly likely suits best his needs or something close.
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post #2 of 29
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post #3 of 29
I had to go with a Core i3 2120 myself for my budget upgrade.
I wanted to go with AMD's new FX-4100. But all the comparisons tests I read pointed to the Intel.
    
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post #4 of 29
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Here is what I got :

Intel i3 2100 - 120$
Mobo LGA 1155 - ??
G.Skill 2x4 GB 1600mhz
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - 70$
XFX 550w - 60$
Thermaltake v3 - 29$
ASUS OEM DVD - 15$

So, I need a mobo for that i3 and I've got no idea what to choose for a cheap good quality mobo!
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post #7 of 29
Sorry but if i was you i'd go with AMD Phenom 960T if you can find cheap.

i'm using currently i5 650 OC 4GHZ it should perform similar if not better than i3 2100.
However my brother has i5 760 and honestly the QUAD CORE is really needed in most games.

Benchmarks might prove it good, but Dual Cores with HT are just crap, you won't be able to max out any games without laging with Dual Core.
Also make sure you got good GPU as well..

@INTEL FANBOYS QUAD Core > DUAL CORE + HT.
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post #8 of 29
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Yeah, but they don't see any i5 first gen anymore, and I'm buying all new for my friend. In Canada, lowest price on 960T was 123$.

Ok thanks ajslay!

Just like that, is the Sapphire Pure Black P67 any good? : http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66937&vpn=52035-00-40R&manufacture=SAPPHIRE
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post #9 of 29
You can't overclock i3 2100

Personally i take Amd phenom x4 over i3 2100.. unless you upgrade later.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
Edited by insyxion - 4/2/12 at 4:59pm
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Intel® Core™ i5-760 Processor  GA-P55-US3L EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Series 250GB WD Caviar® Green™ 1000GB Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer GD245HQ 120HZ Corsair CX600 Corsair Carbide Series® 200R Razer DeathAdder 3500 DPI Gaming Mouse 
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post #10 of 29
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He is a noob PC guy = no overclock in-sight tongue.gif
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - Black Caviar 500GB Generic LG DVD/Writter Windows 7 Ultimate 1280x1024 
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