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So my friend who doesn't have a credit card wants me to build him a PC. He will be giving me the money up front with a budget of around 600$. I will be charging 70$ to order it and build it for him, then 13% of 600 will come up to around 72$ that will go to the government.

Anyway this is what I came up with:


The Total: 562 before tax and my fee, shipping is free as part of a special deal.

I told him that the 3.4 quad is better than the 2.8ghz 6 core he wants. The other thing is that I price matched the ram down a lot, they havent updated the price and it would be nice if you guys could find me some better cheaper ram (40~$) that I wont have to price match down.

I will check back and reply all day today, thanks in advance for any help.
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where is the power supply? kinda hard to build a rig with no power.... it will look nice but try turning it on.... did the screen shot not get it?
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post #3 of 18
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where is the power supply? kinda hard to build a rig with no power.... it will look nice but try turning it on.... did the screen shot not get it?
I don't need a power supply were using an old one.

EDIT: nvm video card is mail in rebate.
Edited by james_ant - 3/5/11 at 9:50am
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post #4 of 18
If this is in canadian dollars, I'm not sure what the pricing does, but overall, it should be a decent build. Good call on the 5770, if you can squeeze more money, the 6850 is much better. Also, you need a PSU. Try getting a case with one, it won't be a great unit, but they can be had for around 40USD. Also, you might look at a Phenom II 955 BE.

As for the 4 vs 6 core: If he wants this for gaming/light work/browsing, go 4. If he wants this for work and does a lot of heavy applications, go 6.
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I don't need a power supply were using an old one.
What is it? An old PSU might blow up and fry your entire new rig if it isn't enough

In fact, my current 300W PSU might blow up any moment, I'm just doing extreme budgeting. If it blows up, it blows up. However, if you're planning on using a crappy PSU on THAT rig, good luck on not frying something.

Tell us which PSU you guys have.
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I would spend less on the mobo and more on the GFX card. a $110 gfx card will give you the performance of a $110 gfx card.... but some mobos can give you the performance of a higher end board, especially if you are using stock everything and not overclocking... and since I don't see an aftermarket hsf I assume no OCing to be done
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What is it? An old PSU might blow up and fry your entire new rig if it isn't enough

In fact, my current 300W PSU might blow up any moment, I'm just doing extreme budgeting. If it blows up, it blows up. However, if you're planning on using a crappy PSU on THAT rig, good luck on not frying something.

Tell us which PSU you guys have.
Don't worry about the PSU, it was powering my sig rig before I gave it to him. It's 700W.

Alright I dropped the expensive motherboard for a ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770

And I swaped the 5770 for a Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB for 188$

Total is now 547 before tax.

Rep given, I think I will show him this. I really don't think he needs a hex but I think he has someone else telling him that it will "future proof" him for the "next 10 years" but all he wants to do is play bad company 2 and supreme commander, that and watch anime. In which case this computer will be more than enough for a long time.
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post #8 of 18
you know for 20$ more you can get the Phenom II X6 1055T
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Quote:
Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
Don't worry about the PSU, it was powering my sig rig before I gave it to him. It's 700W.

Alright I dropped the expensive motherboard for a ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770

And I swaped the 5770 for a Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB for 188$

Total is now 547 before tax.

Rep given, I think I will show him this. I really don't think he needs a quad but I think he has someone else telling him that it will "future proof" him for the "next 10 years" but all he wants to do is play bad company 2 and supreme commander, that and watch anime. In which case this computer will be more than enough for a long time.
Keep the quad there. Games like BC2, and some poorly optimized ports require a quad to play properly. And there will be loads upon loads of games that require quads in the future.
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post #10 of 18
Alright here is what I got for you. I guessed you're from Canada just like me. I hope since taxes to BC are around 13%. I got you a HD 6870 for the same price range.



Gets to 610$ ~ You don't see the DVD drive but it's 18$ Asus. You have 20$ mail-rebate from the card. And it will get a bit more that 650$ with 13%. So you get the 6870 for the price of 6850 with mail rebate.
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