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July 3, 2013 9:29:59 AM

I'm just wondering about this because my PC is pretty old and I need an upgrade. As the title says I'm on a pretty tight budget. I do not mind if it is a barebones kit or not. The cheaper the better

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July 3, 2013 9:34:42 AM

What games are a must play? $300 is rather low, what components do you need or can you reuse parts like the case, HD, etc...?
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July 3, 2013 9:50:28 AM

for $300 you wouldnt really be getting a gaming computer unless your definition of gaming is farmville or club penguin lol.
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July 3, 2013 9:52:18 AM

Impossible lol
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July 3, 2013 9:55:39 AM

here a little over $300 after rebates

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $303.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 12:55 EDT-0400)
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July 3, 2013 10:06:09 AM

Azn Cracker said:
here a little over $300 after rebates

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)

*applause* well done. it's a shame you could have that build with a decent graphics card for 500
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $303.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 12:55 EDT-0400)


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July 3, 2013 10:09:12 AM

No optical drive but dual channel ram and better graphics:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar A55ML2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.85
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July 3, 2013 10:10:20 AM

If you looked at the front page of TomsHardware.com, at the top it says Built it Self systems, if you clicked it and scrolled through the best you can get "low price" for a gaming system HARDWARE is $500 without a keyboard, mouse and monitor (another couple hundred dollars). That still gives no Windows (only W8 is sold in stores) which is another $200, nor any games (depending on the game new ones are $70).

The BEST suggestion would be to just get a off the shelf one at Walmart for $300, that has all the basics and Windows in one purchase. Then save/upgrade the Power Supply (PSUs for $150+) and then the video card ($100+) to get a basic gaming rig.
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July 3, 2013 10:44:39 AM

jessterman21 said:
Xbox 360


lol this might be the best answer.
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July 3, 2013 1:17:34 PM

VXBlade said:
What games are a must play? $300 is rather low, what components do you need or can you reuse parts like the case, HD, etc...?


I was hoping to play games like simcity 5 and games like that not AAA titles like Crysis 3
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July 3, 2013 1:21:11 PM

slomo4sho said:
No optical drive but dual channel ram and better graphics:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar A55ML2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.85


Thanks and I'll be saving even more money since I don't need a hard drive:) 
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July 3, 2013 1:25:36 PM

slomo4sho said:
No optical drive but dual channel ram and better graphics:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar A55ML2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $304.85


One more thing, are you sure the amd cpu will fit in the motherboard
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July 3, 2013 1:37:12 PM

Thegamerguy said:

One more thing, are you sure the amd cpu will fit in the motherboard


Yes, they are both socket FM2.

Since you don't need a hard drive, consider going with the HD 7770 instead:
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $291.92
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