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post #1 of 12
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My girlfriend is sick of the family computer, so I have offered to build her a computer. And Overclock.net did a great job helping me with my brothers kick-arse build.

Please use http://newegg.ca for me. Or of course http://NCIX.com

Budget is ~$650 CAD.
Already have peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor(1680x1050). I do not require an after-market cooler as there will be no overclocking.

Using Windows 7 64bit.

Goals:
Handles Multitasking(facebook, youtube, word processors, music, movies)
Can play the Sims 3/Sims Medieval(at 1680x1050)
Enough space for our music(Her and I share over 120gb of music.. Not that I listen to 1/8th of it)
SFF
Quiet and Efficient

Please and thank you guys! I look forward to your suggestions =)

EDIT: Wow I've been seeing a lot of sub $400 dollar builds that are good for many games in the build log section.. Feel free to go as low as you guys want haha. I do enjoy paying premium for premium quality though.
Edited by ejams - 3/24/11 at 2:06pm
post #2 of 12
Already have Windows 7 or not?
I actually shop NCIX.com and know the site fairly well, I could probably figure out something nice for you. Could even factor for tax such as HST but that depends on what province you live in
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I certainly do. Picked up quite a few OEM copies cheap from a friend .

I live in Alberta so it's just the 5% GST and shipping.
post #4 of 12
Hey mate, I don't have the time to search for links, but here is what I think it will be more than enough for your needs:
*Athlon II X4 - they're cheap, relatively cool and good performers. I could also say to go for a SB i3-2100 but the CPU costs more and the motherboard to go with costs much more. It is faster, but I reckon the extra $$ is better spent elsewhere
*Motherboard based on AMD's 870 chipset - search one depending on your needs (no of USB3, Firewire, etc)
*HDD Samsung F3 1TB - quick & quiet, probably the best HDD in the last few years
*2x2GB DDR3 1333 - 4GB should be enough
*Antec P180 Mini & a 400W PSU (Corsair 430W or Antec Earthwatts 380W)
*Soundcard Xonar DG (30$) it's an amazing card for the money, with a half decent speaker system it'll make all the difference in the world

You said you don't want to spend for an aftermarket cooler, but I still think you should get a CM Hiper 212+ as it will cool the CPU far better, quieter and it would probably prolong the overall life of the computer as a whole.
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post #5 of 12
Comes to $568.91, can multitask, play the sims 3 perfectly, and is completely silent.

Case: HAF 912 (Good airflow, very quiet, cheap)
CPU: Athlon II X4 630 (OEM, no heatsink)
CPU Heatsink: CM Hyper 212+(Very quiet, needed because of OEM CPU)
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78LT-M(4+1 phase is okay as CPU is only 95w TDP and no overclocking will be done)
RAM: GSkill Ripjaws X Series 4GB 1600 8-8-8-24 (Great RAM, great price)
GPU: SAPPHIRE Ultimate 100289UL Radeon HD 5670 1GB (enough to play sims 3, passive heatsink design means 100% silent)
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W(good PSU, more than enough for everything, efficient)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB(Fastest 1TB HDD, more than enough space)
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG(I have one, huge difference over onboard, totally worth $35)
Edited by MetalBeerSolid - 3/24/11 at 2:28pm
 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus 24x DVD burner Corsair H70 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Samsung P2370HD Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Antec 300 Illusion Logitech G500 ASUS Xonar DG Sony MDR-V6 
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Altec Lansing VS4621 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz Gateway JV01-NL Radeon HD 4225 2GB DDR3 800 6-6-6-15 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus 24x DVD burner Corsair H70 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Samsung P2370HD Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Antec 300 Illusion Logitech G500 ASUS Xonar DG Sony MDR-V6 
Audio
Altec Lansing VS4621 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz Gateway JV01-NL Radeon HD 4225 2GB DDR3 800 6-6-6-15 
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by MetalBeerSolid View Post
Comes to $568.91, can multitask, play the sims 3 perfectly, and is completely silent.

Case: HAF 912 (Good airflow, very quiet, cheap)
CPU: Athlon II X4 630 (OEM, no heatsink)
CPU Heatsink: CM Hyper 212+(Very quiet, needed because of OEM CPU)
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78LT-M(4+1 phase is okay as CPU is only 95w TDP and no overclocking will be done)
RAM: GSkill Ripjaws X Series 4GB 1600 8-8-8-24 (Great RAM, great price)
GPU: SAPPHIRE Ultimate 100289UL Radeon HD 5670 1GB (enough to play sims 3, passive heatsink design means 100% silent)
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W(good PSU, more than enough for everything, efficient)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB(Fastest 1TB HDD, more than enough space)
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG(I have one, huge difference over onboard, totally worth $35)
and the GPU is perfect for the task (I forgot to list one).
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Phenom II 940 @3.3GHz 1.25V Gigabyte 790X-DS4 XFX 5850 8GB OCZ DDR2-800 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force 3 TRUE Win 7 Pro x64 ACER 23" TN  
PowerCase
400W Silverstone Strider Antec P182 
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Phenom II 940 @3.3GHz 1.25V Gigabyte 790X-DS4 XFX 5850 8GB OCZ DDR2-800 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force 3 TRUE Win 7 Pro x64 ACER 23" TN  
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400W Silverstone Strider Antec P182 
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post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz (89.99, no cooler)
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz (99.99)
AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz (114.99)

All get good reviews, all run cool.. What is the difference other than the clock speed?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by ejams View Post
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz (89.99, no cooler)
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz (99.99)
AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz (114.99)

All get good reviews, all run cool.. What is the difference other than the clock speed?
Other than clock speed? Nothing. OC the 630 to 3.1GHz and you've saved yourself $25
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 3.9GHz Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 MSI GTX 460 1GB @ 850/1700/2112 12GB DDR3 1600 8-8-8-21 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus 24x DVD burner Corsair H70 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Samsung P2370HD Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Antec 300 Illusion Logitech G500 ASUS Xonar DG Sony MDR-V6 
Audio
Altec Lansing VS4621 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz Gateway JV01-NL Radeon HD 4225 2GB DDR3 800 6-6-6-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Windows 7 HP 32-bit 10.1" LCD 6-cell Lithium Ion battery 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus 24x DVD burner Corsair H70 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Samsung P2370HD Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Antec 300 Illusion Logitech G500 ASUS Xonar DG Sony MDR-V6 
Audio
Altec Lansing VS4621 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz Gateway JV01-NL Radeon HD 4225 2GB DDR3 800 6-6-6-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Windows 7 HP 32-bit 10.1" LCD 6-cell Lithium Ion battery 
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post #9 of 12
Phenom II x4 840 - $102.28 price matched (3.2Ghz 95W quad-core, note that it has no L3 cache)
Gigaybte GA-770T-USB3 - $74.69 price matched
G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600 CL9 2x2GB - $42.33 price matched
Coolermaster Elite 360 small form factor ATX case - $34.14 price matched
Antec EA500D Power Supply - $55, $35 AR
MSI GTS 450 - $110, $95 AR
Seagate 7200.12 1TB HDD - $50
Corsair H50 - $45. Quietest cooler I can find that'll fit into the Elite 360. Mount it on the side panel 120MM fan slot as upward blowing exhaust, and swap around the included 120MM fan so it is an intake.
ASUS Xonar DG - $27.65 price match, $17.65 AR (However, not a worthwhile investment if all your music is MP3 format in mid-low quality or you use cheap headphones/earphones)

I followed all the rules...small form factor, used large fans to be quiet, way more than capable of The Sims 3...
Your subtotal is $100 short! $541.69
Total after 5% tax: $568.14

If you really want to max out your budget then I highly recommend spending on a solid state drive for very fast bootups and load times. You may need to sacrifice a few of the other selections to fit budget if it is strictly $650, but a solid state drive will truly make your computer shine over all others:
OCZ Vertex 2 50GB - $95

Sorry this took awhile. Good luck!
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/24/11 at 3:26pm
post #10 of 12
According to your needs, I think any computer will do... lol
Go with athlon II x4 640 or even an intel duo core is more than adequate
if you have a local ncix, you can take advantage of their advanced price match system online, as it's very easy (I am finding cheapest prices on DirectCanada and BestDirect, and getting price matched at NCIX, which have all been approved.....well they're actually owned by the same company so that's good)

edit....just read that you're from alberta..so forget the price match
Edited by reyo - 3/24/11 at 3:27pm
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