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For your budget I don't think you really need to look at AMD, honestly. You'll get a better computer if you go with Intel. If you were on a 600 dollar budget, it would be different.

Edit. I actually just sold my VH236. The gamma on it sucks, and it's pretty hard to get decent settings dialed in. You should be able to find a 22" for 129.99 in Canada pretty easily.

You don't need thermal paste, the stuff that comes with the 212+ is really good, and there is enough for multiple applications. It's a standard sized tube.

For the GPU spend a little more and get the 6850, which is much more consistent in performance, and it has no GPU usage/stuttering issues. It should hit 920-940 on stock voltage(or a little under).

4GB of memory will be enough for now. You can always buy another set after. Whichever case you get, make sure it's atleast 7.5" or so wide so the 212+ fits with the side closed.

If you really want AMD go for it, but you would be better off with an i5 2400(which can't be overclocked) and then grabbing a k series chip down the line. You can save the 30 for a 212+ if you go with a non k 1155 chip since the stock will be good enough.

Shouldn't have a problem with:
22" 1080p LCD - $130
i5 2500k - $230
best 1155 board for $140
212+ - $30
6850 - $180
Burner - 19.99
4GB 1600Mhz DDR3 - $50
Windows 7 OEM - 99.99
Quality 600-650w PSU - $90
Decent Mid case - $50
500GB hard drive - $40

For less then $1200 after taxes, before any rebates. Prices from Canada Computers which are not the lowest in the country. You can probably save on the Motherboard if you don't care about USB3, or crossfire.
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go for X4, you have less chance to unlock than before,
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Most games will prefer a high frequency X2 over a lower clocked X4.

If you're on a tight budget the Phenom II 555 BE would be the best option.
+1 on 555 BE.

I've got it and it is all you'll ever need (relatively speaking). Can't beat that for $90!!!!


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go for X4, you have less chance to unlock than before,


"less chance to unlock"..... ***




If anything there is more chance now compared to year ago because the manufacturing process has been improved over the time.
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For your budget I don't think you really need to look at AMD, honestly. You'll get a better computer if you go with Intel. If you were on a 600 dollar budget, it would be different.
aannnddd it begins.
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aannnddd it begins.
Nothing bad in giving some good advice.
 
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Nothing bad in giving some good advice.
Funny that the intel guys troll the AMD subforums.

And just to light the fuse, WHY is intel better for his "higher" budget?
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"less chance to unlock"..... ***




If anything there is more chance now compared to year ago because the manufacturing process has been improved over the time.
this is just becuase more X3 launched, more sorting on AMD's product
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Funny that the intel guys troll the AMD subforums.

And just to light the fuse, WHY is intel better for his "higher" budget?
design for your desire policy
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design for your desire policy
Ahh yes, the marketing ploy, touche!
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