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post #1 of 12
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My younger bro has decided to splurge on a new computer and hes got 1600 to spend and that has to include 13% taxes. Were buying everything from canadacomputers.com as its very close to where we live. Here's whats I came up with so far.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Socket LGA775, 3 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB, 6MB L2 Cache, 45nm (Retail Box)
$215

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R Socket 775 Intel P45 Express + ICH10R Chipset Dual-Channel DDR2 667/800/1066/1200Mhz SATA 3Gb/s 7.1-Channel Intel High Definition Audio Dual Gigabit Lan Firewire Dual PCI-Express 2.0 Graphic & Up to 1600Mhz FS
$160

Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2-1066 4GB (2x2GB) Extreme Performance Series CAS 5-5-5-15 (996599)
$150

Asus EAH4850/HTDI/512M ATI Radeon HD 4850 Chipset (625MHz ) 512MB (1986Mhz) DDR3 Dual DVI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
$228

PC Power & Cooling (PPCS750QBL) Silencer 750 Quad 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12V 24PIN SLI Active PFC Power Supply Blue
$153

Antec Sonata III Quiet Super Mid Tower w/ 500W PSU Metallic Charcoal Color (Canada Computers Exclusive)
$100


LG G-H20L-S10 /Black SATA LightScribe DVD-Writer 20xDVD+R/-R 8xDVD+RW/6x DVD-RW 12xDVD+/-R9 Dual Layer 48xCD-R 32xCD-RW
$30

LG W2242TQ-BF, 22" Widescreen LCD, 2ms (G to G), 8000:1 (Digital Fine Contrast ratio), Black
$276

Seagate Barracuda (ST3250410AS) 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive
$100 for 2


All this comes to $1598 with tax.
Edited by machdown - 7/6/08 at 10:15pm
post #2 of 12
Where are you buying this lot from? The prices seem a bit high.

Plus you could get a better PSU for a little more. Otherwise everything is good (RAM could be cheaper...).
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post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
Otherwise everything is good (RAM could be cheaper...).
Agree about the ram, that seems kind of high.

Edit: I would cheese out on the ram a little get the Crucial Ballistic Tracers 2 X 1 GB (or something like that ) and up to the 4870. But that's just me.
Edited by Tufelhunden - 7/6/08 at 10:18pm
    
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post #4 of 12
A solid build, go for it
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I'm living in Toronto now so everything is in Canadian dollars.
post #6 of 12
You should try hitting up on online Vendor by the name of eSNG

They have fantastic prices on hardware. And they're located in Toronto. For example an OEM e8400 is something like 179.99 (or something close to that). I love them

There are also a ton of locations in the Spadina/College area that are better than CanadaComputures.

Look around..
Edited by shawnyboi - 7/6/08 at 10:27pm
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post #7 of 12
change the psu to a corsair 750w and change the ram to a g.skill 800 2x2gb otherwise solid build gl ^_^
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post #8 of 12
That seems like a lot for what you're getting. Where are you buying from?

Yes, I realize it's in Canadian dollars.
post #9 of 12
in the OP, he states he's buying from CanadaComputers.com

He obviously lives near a CC location. They're overpriced, clearly.
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T5550 1.8GHz Geforce 8400m GS 3072 DDR2 250GB 4500RPM 
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DVD-RW Dual Layer Windows Vista Home Premium 32Bit 15.4" WGXA Logitech G15 
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9 Cell Lithium Ion Logitech G5 
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post #10 of 12
For the things youre getting it seems pretty expensive, I would expect CF or SLi with that kind of money. The RAM is way too expensive find some G.skills for $50, change the PSU to Corsair which should be quite a bit cheaper, Change the case to one without a PSU and it should be cheaper. With the saved money go for a HD4870 or even change the P45 motherboard into a X38 and get two HD3850s in CF. ON the other hand you could wait for a HD4870x2 to come out and fit it in.
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