New budget build

By Xecutor ยท 16 replies
Jul 9, 2010
  1. Hi guys,

    Long time no post :p But I require a little bit of help with this build of mine. I am planning to get an AMD system with a budget of $550-600 CAD (after tax).

    My main concern is to get a "future-proof" mobo (with DVI/HDMI output), PSU and case.

    My mobo should have
    - AM3
    - onboard gpu
    - USB 3.0
    - SATA 3 (6gb/s)
    - DIMMs Expandable to 16GB DDR3
    - at least 1 PCIE x16 lane
    - mATX form is acceptable

    PSU requirements:
    - 600W min
    - 80 Plus Certified efficiency
    - Dual 12V Rails w/ min 34A total
    - 2 x 6 pin PCIE power connector (with at least one of them being 6+2 PCIE)
    - at least 4 SATA power connectors
    - Modular if possible, otherwise not an exact requirement

    Anything that's cheap but has good airflow with at least 1 side vent for cooling GPUs. I've seen Antec 300 at $49.99 CAD, but I'm open to suggestions.

    CPU can be any AM3 that will fit the budget
    RAM - at least 4GB DDR3
    HDD - 400-500GB SATAII (cheapest)
    DVDRW - Any LG or Samsung 22x

    I appreciate any help you can provide me.

    So far, here is what I've found:


    CPU- AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.8GHZ (95W TDP)

    RAM- OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - CL9

    PSU- OCZ StealthXStream 600W (I know it's not 80+ cert, but good reviews on it)

    CASE- Antec THREEHUNDRED Small Versatile Case Black finish

    HDD- Western Digital 500GB Black Edition SATA 3Gb/s Desktop Storage 7200rpm 32MB Cache


    The grand total for the above (no shipping, only pickup in store) = $630.49 CAD (after taxes)
    A similar build on got me $661.97 (after taxes <$76.17> and shipping <$33.87>) - $551.93 pre-tax/SH

    Thanks again guys!
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You can save money on the power supply and the memory, but first, what are your planned uses of the new computer.
    Look at memory at or
    Consider a quality power supply, but you don't need more than 450 o4 500 W if it is truly a good one.
    The Western Digital Black is a good choice,as is the LG
    Be very certain your motherboard will fit the case you get... when the CPU and fan are included.
  3. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118

    Thx raybay :D I really appreciate it!

    The intended use is more for HD TV display for now, but it will be used for gaming in the future - brother-in-Law's kids are still little (10yrs old). Hence the need for the sturdy PSU and 1 PCIEx16 at least for a future videocard (possibly an HD5850). Oh, and this PC is going overseas so the PSU should be able to handle 240V.
    According to Antec, the mobo should fit.

    For the PSU I really need help. I don't know what a good cheap PSU would really resemble. I know I should be looking at 80+ certified PSUs with at least a 6-pin and a 6-pin +2 PCIE connector. Assuming this comp will be for gaming later, is 500W sufficient? Or do I need at least 600W for the newer gen videocards?

    Is Crucial Memory available in Canada?
    I only found US prices, which will make it more expensive to get (incl shipping) $109.99 USD

    Also, Directron is in US only... I can't order from US, shipping costs too much. I am really limited to canadian websites and seller stores.

    For, the components go way above budget... Do you have any more suggestions I can look at please?
  4. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118

    Im sorry for the 2x post but i need to bump this as i need the help pretty urgently as i am attempting to pick up / order the components on Monday. im really grateful for ur help n understanding about this.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    Corsair has a great range of psu's in the 500-600watt range. I'd look towards them for something that will last a long while.

    As far as ordering in canada I'm lost.
  8. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118

    Thanks guys :D

    My PSU budget is more like $50-$70 CAD.

    What do you think of this one?

    You are right about being the best for price out there. Beats tigerdirect and ncix (no offense).

    So far, I am sticking with the GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H mobo and Athlon IIx4 CPU. The RAM, I checked Crucial RAM on newegg, but their prices are too high - all above 105$ CAD. So I think I will go along with the G-Skill one. I just need cheap reliable 4GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz - I am not worried about the latency and timings and such. I haven't found any cases that are cheaper than the Rosewill one so far, so I will stick with it too, unless you guys are able to find something else.

    TBH, I love Corsair PSUs - just built my dad a comp with a 600W Corsair PSU, but his budget was larger than mine, so we could afford it. This one is already teetering on $659 CAD after SH/Tx, and I'm trying to cut down the price further if at all possible. But, with some sacrifice I guess I can get the extra $60 above my budget.

    So, my components are going to be (unless you're able to find something better :D):








    Total = $659.25 (incl S/H+Tax)
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Corsair 550 or 650 if you really need it, though it looks like you'd do better with a corsair 400, considering the price you're willing to pay.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    Better RAM for the price IMO.

    Never seen a corsair 600.
  10. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Take a look at this PSU. Should be pretty reliable and would run an HD 5850 comfortably if you add one later.
  11. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118

    Wow! That's really awesome! I think I may choose this. I found another one in same category and same price:

    Which one would be best?

    This one?

    or the one you gave me?
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hey X,
    Those two PSU's are very close in build quality. slight edge to the BFG Tech. The OCZ is rated @ 25A x 2 12v Rail and the BFG is rated @ 18A x 2 12v Rails. Although I have found that BFG is a rarity in that they tend to be rated conservatively, so they are probably much closer in output. I would go with the BFG
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I think the BFG looks like a tin can, while the red one is much flashier.
    Whatever I guess.
  14. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118

    Just wanted to thank all of you for your tremendous help! My first half of the shipment is coming in today. The second half is still in NY. But, I suspect I should expect it next week or so :D

    I'll try posting pics of it later on :D to show my appreciation!

    Once again, I love you guys! Thanks

    Final order included a change in the CPU from an Athlon II x4 to a Phenom IIx2 555 BE Callisto C3 revision (which I found can be unlocked using certain mobo's). I got an 890GX Biostar which had SATA3 but no USB3.0 which I figured is not a biggie since in the country my bro in law is gonna be, USB 2.0 is still relatively new, so USB 3.0 won't be there until another year or two, by which time, there will be add-on parts to give that functionality if needed. Red, I went with the "flashy" OCZ PSU :p I feel that since this is a budget PC, some flashiness is necessary for personal reasons, but I was really highly debating myself to take the BFG. There is some competition in the house of my bro-in-law that I won't go into (lol) where the red color will come in handy ;)

    The Phenom II x2 555 change I think was one that will make this budget build worthwhile since I read a lot of reviews where this cpu can be unlocked on this biostar mobo to either a Ph II x3 or Ph II x4 if I am lucky. I think I am going to see if I can find an after-market cooler and some AC5 to make full use of this CPU.

    You guys are awesome! :D Thank you for everything.

    PS: hellokitty, wrt a prev comment about the corsair psu, it was a 650W, lol my apologies. And I got the RAM you suggested :D
  15. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Don't count on the core unlocking, and for future reference, don't listen to newegg reviews, most of them are actually *****s.
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

  17. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 118

    Lol, hellokitty :D I will keep that in mind. I have found TS to be the most reliable source for information anyways :) Wrt the core unlocking, I read the article mailpup provided and found this part interesting:

    It is exciting because I was thinking, at most I'd only be able to OC the processor if the core unlocking didn't work. BUT, the above increases my hopes that this will be even more possible than I had thought.

    The part about the Ph II x 2 unlocked matching the Ph II x6 is interesting, although this might attributed to the fact that most games only use 2 to 3 cores max. This may be a different picture in the future, but interesting nonetheless.
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