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i want to make a gaming pc on a small budget, can anyone help me?
purchase date: mid -september (in 1-2 weeks)
budget range $0-400 canadian
dont need monitor, mouse, keyboard
no preferred website, just worried about expensive ass shipping like on magicmicro.com : shiping cost $58!
i live in Ontario, Canada just outside Toronto
considrering overclocking if cpu is under 3ghz
im following a guide to asking for help and i have no clue what sli/crossfire is.
im not sure of my resolution i have a 24" led monitor and im going to use the HDMI port
additional: i would really like to have an hdmi port on the pc, and i dont really care about a cool looking case if its extra.
 
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http://www.directcanada.com has plenty of parts, and offers free shipping on everything.

at an initial guess for $400, I'd say a Llano A8 build w/ a 6670 should provide a solid basic gamer.

Alternately an athlon II X3 with a AM3+ board so you can swap in bulldozer later, running a GTX 550 or a HD 6770 should fit in your price range.

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whats bulldozer?
 

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I know this is not my post but I have a quick question. I have been seeing alot of this Llano A8 stuff recently. What exactly is this?
 

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i was just about to ask, i cant find anything called llano a8 on directcanada.ca
 

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I havent seen anything about it until this week, now I have seen probably 10 posts with it in the last 2-3 days.. not entirely sure, I am hoping screwysqrl can let us both know
 
LLano is the code name for AMD's first mainstream APU (GPU on die with CPU)

It was released at the end of June and may just be the ideal mainstream desktop box.

Basically the A8 is a 2.9 GHz Athlon II with a built in HD5570. Llano comes in two flavors. the A6 and the A8. The A6 is only 2.6 GHz, and has more like a 5550 included.

Some reviews on the A8:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4476/amd-a83850-review

http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2975.html
 

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nvm i found it one direct canada. for anyone else in canada directcanada.ca is selling the apu for $15 cheaper than newegg.com. screwysqrl what mb is a good pair with the a8?
 
so, I start over,.



Powercolor Radeon HD 6770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA PCI-E Video Card
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $104.78 $104.78

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN Sata 6GB/S With Ncq Internal Hard Drive Oem
Limit 1 per customer.
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $34.69 $34.69

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Warranty*
Limit 1 per customer.
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $39.69 $39.69

Samsung DVDRW 22X SATA Black OEM
Limit 1 per customer.
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $17.69 $17.69

Kingston HyperX Blue KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $30.13 $30.13

ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio CrossFireX Motherboard
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $93.42 $93.42

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.2GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box
Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
Yes $70.84 $70.84

total:CA$391.24, free shipping.
 

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I think they are saying if you went with the amd llano or a8-3850 you save money on getting a graphic's card. You can probably increase your ram to 8 and later when you can afford it get a graphics card
 

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the A8 you do not need to add a graphic card that is. I went to ncix.com and ordered mines but I spent around 575 including tax and shipping (which at the time was only 5-10) dollars. I went for bigger hdd and psu
 

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ok, thats makes it way easier. will i need a cpu cooler aswell?
 

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comes with it's own heatsink should say so in description if you want better quality that is up to you I have mines being shipped sometime next week hopefully I will get it by Wednesday and I can let you know how it turns out.
 

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HDD Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3Gbps 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive $77.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory 1 $50.51 $50.51

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS TOP USB2.0 1394 Audio 1 $94.99 $94.99

MB: ASUS F1A75-M Pro mATX FM1 DDR3 AMD A75 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI USB3.0 SATA3 HDMI DVI GBLAN Motherboard 1 $119.60 $119.60 ( I shelled out a bit more but you can get one for cheaper biostar and gigabyte have F1 models for less then 100 I think Biostar is the cheapest

DVD: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM 1 $19.99 $19.99

CPU: AMD A8-3850 APU W/ AMD Radeon 65XX HD GFX Quad Core Processor Socket FM1 2.9GHZ 4MB 100W Retail Box 1 $135.99 $135.99 (This is the graphic card APU which you don't need a GPU unless you want to add an additional one)

With Directcanada.com they have really good prices I most admit but reason why I chose ncix.com because they have a store nearby I probably would of only saved 10-15 dollars because directcanada has free shipping.