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I have a friend with who has asked me about helping him choose components for a build. He wants to play Diablo 3 and Starctaft 2: Heart of the Swarm when Its released.

The problem is he's in Canada and I know NOTHING about shopping for components in Canada.

I don't have a hard budget but around $500 is doable. He doesn't need an OS but a monitor should be included if possible (say $600 with monitor $500 without)


I was thinking of suggesting:

Intel Pentium G620 or a FX AMD??? (not familiar with the BD AMDs)
h61 1555 board or a Socket FM1
2 x 4 gig 1600 mhz ram (or 2x2 gig 1333 mhz ram)
500 gig WD blue HD (or 250-320 gig blue drive)
ATI 6850 (or a 6770 )
Corsair 460 psu (or any decent 400+ watt psu)
Cheaper case
22x dvdrw


I put this in the general thread cause i'm looking for the best bang for buck. Any Candian builds with links appreciated greatly.


I don't think he'll be overclocking so stock stable components please.
Edited by CravinR1 - 5/20/12 at 11:18pm
post #2 of 10
Here is what I came up with For Bulldozer and all prices should be cnanda prices before shipping.
AMD FX-6100 - 139.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64406&vpn=FD6100WMGUSBX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1114
Cooler Master Evo 212
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&promoid=1114
ASRock 990FX $166.75
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=65338&vpn=990FX%20%20EXTREME3&manufacture=ASRock
G.Skill DDR3 1600 2x4gb (8gb) $57.70
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59975
WD 500gb Blue 7200 - $69.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58402&promoid=1114
Gigabyte Radeon 6850 - $139.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58225&vpn=GV%2DR685OC%2D1GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1114
Corsair 600W - $54.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60330&promoid=1114
Antec 300 - $54.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=29812&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1114
Asus DRW 24x - $19.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1114

Alternate with FM1 same but for FM1 proc and mb and prices in Canda
AMD A6-3670 - $122.98
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=66666&vpn=AD3670WNGXBOX&manufacture=AMD
Gigabyte A75-UD4H - $124.99
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62137&vpn=GA%2DA75%2DUD4H&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1360
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that build is WAAAY overkill. but a nice one thumb.gif
http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx
307$ us dollars / 380$ with 3yr protection plan (sorry dont know conversions to canadian) w/o monitor, case or aftermarket cooling
(these prices are comparable to Newegg/tigerdirect)

this is a SOLID build for what you are looking for. add in a corsair hydro cooler/ decent case/ and a 1080 23" or bigger monitor. and you should be right at 500 if you shop a bit!

good luck on the build thumb.gif
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Thanks for the suggestions but your build is over $850 and $500 is the budget without monitor.


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Originally Posted by PCEnthusiast85 View Post

that build is WAAAY overkill. but a nice one thumb.gif
http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx
307$ us dollars / 380$ with 3yr protection plan (sorry dont know conversions to canadian) w/o monitor, case or aftermarket cooling
(these prices are comparable to Newegg/tigerdirect)
this is a SOLID build for what you are looking for. add in a corsair hydro cooler/ decent case/ and a 1080 23" or bigger monitor. and you should be right at 500 if you shop a bit!
good luck on the build thumb.gif


Can't see your cart, just shows me a empty cart ?
post #5 of 10
craps....well here it goes

asus m5A78-mtx mobo
amd fx4100 (3.6ghz stock)
asus 7770(or really anything in the 100 dollar range gtx460s or something like that)
crucial 8gbs
500w psu by thermaltake
bah forgot the HDD and case but this is a good start to a solid, low cost build

3.6 ghz stock = GREAT
am3+ mobo = YES
8gbs of ram =YES
500w psu = NOT BAD (always room for upgrades down the line if you get bigger gpu or something like that)

throw a 70$ SSD and a decent 500g/1tb for storage and you are SET!!


oh...and a case LOL
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http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62971&vpn=970A-G45&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1360 mobo $92.45

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57016&vpn=ADX455WFGMBOX&manufacture=AMD CPU $84.66

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60640&vpn=996995&manufacture=Mushkin%20Enhanced&promoid=1019 RAM $49.54

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59502&vpn=01G-P3-1557-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1019 $104.99 after mail-in rebate. You will not find a better gpu at that price

OR http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63847&vpn=GV-R677D5-1GD&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1019 $84 after mail-in rebate. However its still good at $104.55. Though it is an aging gpu, it'll play D3 and SC2 fine.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate HHD 79.99

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60491&vpn=NEO%2DECO450C&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1019 PSU 34.99

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=63282&vpn=VN400A1W2n&manufacture=Thermaltake case 54.83

Total = 501.45 with 550 gpu. Only taking the 550 gpu's rebate and discounts into effect. Basically the system could be slightly less with rebates and discounts.

Basically I took truckerguy's build and made it more frugal. I fully credit his time and effort however.

You should tell us whether his operating system is 64-bit or not. Also this is a really really tough one. To help he might want to skip on the DVD reader, which gives you more room to play with for your gpu. Get him to ask as many friends as possible if they've got a spare dvd reader lying around that he can have for free.

I dislike the layout of the site, though I guess the prices are alright.

http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performance/page14.html as shown here starcraft 2 can only make use of two cores, thus higher clock speed beats cores. I made this with nothing but sc2 and D3 in mind and I don't think its really that good a system. I'd actually advise your friend to save till he can spend $800 and then get a computer that will play games on med/low settings for a couple of years.
Edited by Eskanasi - 5/25/12 at 2:37am
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post #8 of 10

ASUS' M5A97 probably costs less after price matching to another retailer and stomps on the 970A-G45 in quality and reliability.


CravinR1 didn't you PM me about this? Your friend in Winnipeg or outside it, because a local MemoryExpress pickup is the most ideal choice if he/she can.

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For those games I highly recommend a core i3 21xx...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

ASUS' M5A97 probably costs less after price matching to another retailer and stomps on the 970A-G45 in quality and reliability.


CravinR1 didn't you PM me about this? Your friend in Winnipeg or outside it, because a local MemoryExpress pickup is the most ideal choice if he/she can.

Yes I did PM you, but the problem is the last I spoke with him on skype he said "my computer is f'd up" and that was all I heard from h im
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