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srk999

Is this a good spec for $1100?

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The price is $1100 CAD. Is this a good deal?

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Why get a Phenom? It's no faster than the old Q6600, and uses significantly more power too (140W? ouch), which will quickly negate the slight price advantage (assuming you even want/need a quad core to begin with). Not very fond of the cheap/flimsy case either but at $30 I guess you can't expect much at all.

But the one thing I surely wouldn't buy is that cheap (and I don't mean cheap just as in inexpensive here) PSU. I've seen beefier (and FAR better) 350W units out there...

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Why get a Phenom? It's no faster than the old Q6600, and uses significantly more power too (140W? ouch), which will quickly negate the slight price advantage (assuming you even want/need a quad core to begin with). Not very fond of the cheap/flimsy case either but at $30 I guess you can't expect much at all.

But the one thing I surely wouldn't buy is that cheap (and I don't mean cheap just as in inexpensive here) PSU. I've seen beefier (and FAR better) 350W units out there...

Thanks bro. I'll look into other casings, possibly with a PSU. As for the CPU, I cant afford Intel quad-cores. I was looking for the best CPU within my budget, and that one seemed to fit the budget.

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If you can't afford the extra ~$30 or so for the Q6600, then I doubt you want your computer to cost you an extra $50 or so in power every year (and that 140W Phenom will).

In that case, you're probably better off getting a dual core, especially if you're already stretching your budget to the point where you have to settle for a flimsy case and crap PSU.

An inexpensive yet good case would be an Antec 300 (I got a pair on black friday for $40/ea), and there are some significantly better PSUs out there for not much more dough. Look for something 80plus certified, from a reputable brand. You can get some very good Seasonics, some FSP and what not under $50 (I bought a pair of SeaSonic SS-350ET's on black friday at $30/ea). You don't need a lot of watts. Watt ratingss are very misleading these days. Look at the *combined* amps or watts on the 12v rails (on the label).

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To be honest, I'd say, no that's not a very good deal. For $1100 CAD you can probably do much better.

Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45-UD3R - $163.05

CPU - Intel Q6600 - $261.13

RAM - G.Skill DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 - $69.99

Hard drive - Western Digital WD3200AAKS - $62.83

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-S223F/BEBN - $32.99

Video Card - ASUS EAH3650 Silent Magic - $55.95

Case - Antec 300 - $80.31

PSU - Corsair VX450 - $82.57

Mouse and Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard and Mouse Combo - $29.99

Monitor - BenQ G2200W 22IN LCD Monitor - $233.42

Total Price - $1069.23

This isn't even taking into account the various sales that happen on almost all of the above products. I've seen the video card sell for $40, the PSU for $70, and the case for $60 (just to name a few). If you want to go for a faster dual-core, the E8400 is about the same base price, but goes on sale more often.

If you're going to run Vista on that system, you'll easily get 5.9's on just about everything, except for the video card which will probably net you about 5.4 for gaming.

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To be honest, I'd say, no that's not a very good deal. For $1100 CAD you can probably do much better.

Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45-UD3R - $163.05

CPU - Intel Q6600 - $261.13

RAM - G.Skill DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 - $69.99

Hard drive - Western Digital WD3200AAKS - $62.83

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-S223F/BEBN - $32.99

Video Card - ASUS EAH3650 Silent Magic - $55.95

Case - Antec 300 - $80.31

PSU - Corsair VX450 - $82.57

Mouse and Keyboard - Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard and Mouse Combo - $29.99

Monitor - BenQ G2200W 22IN LCD Monitor - $233.42

Total Price - $1069.23

This isn't even taking into account the various sales that happen on almost all of the above products. I've seen the video card sell for $40, the PSU for $70, and the case for $60 (just to name a few). If you want to go for a faster dual-core, the E8400 is about the same base price, but goes on sale more often.

If you're going to run Vista on that system, you'll easily get 5.9's on just about everything, except for the video card which will probably net you about 5.4 for gaming.

Thank you for opening my eys to more options. I am going to sell my G1S soon and get down to the final configuration. The only reason I am moving to a desktop is for the iz3d monitor. So, my mind is kinda set on that.

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What are you planning to use this system for? And are you from international?

Compared to prices here in US, you can get EP45-UD3P for $100, the Antec case for $50, similar PSU closer to $50. What is your budget for the CPU?

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What are you planning to use this system for? And are you from international?

Compared to prices here in US, you can get EP45-UD3P for $100, the Antec case for $50, similar PSU closer to $50. What is your budget for the CPU?

CAD is Canadian Dollar. I am planning to build it mainly for gaming, thus the iz3d monitor. US price is not very relevant to CAD price, since here almost everything has an inflated price tag on it.

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