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Budget PC, 200-300 dollar range

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July 21, 2013 6:57:19 PM

Hi everyone,
I am somewhat new to computer building. I want to build a budget PC, mainly for browsing and gaming (older games, I don't need a system that can handle next gen games on max graphics or anything). From what I understand, AMD is better for lower-end performance per dollar, but I really have no knowledge of the best brands etc. I have a moniter and keyboard already, and I also have an old computer case that I can salvage if needed, depending on how close/over budget I go with this build. Thanks for helping a noob out.
July 21, 2013 7:09:20 PM

Still some questions:

1. how old is your case? Has front USB ports and audio ports? And what kind of mobo (ATX/mATX) can it hold?

2. Do u need a OS?

3. If u don't mind, list the "older games" u play. ('cause Crysis 1 is old game, too)
July 21, 2013 7:18:55 PM

Maxime506 said:
Still some questions:

1. how old is your case? Has front USB ports and audio ports? And what kind of mobo (ATX/mATX) can it hold?

2. Do u need a OS?

3. If u don't mind, list the "older games" u play. ('cause Crysis 1 is old game, too)



My case is around 5 years old. It has front usb and audio, not sure what motherboard it could hold. I don't need an OS, and when I say older games I'm talking BG2. The newest game I play is Mark of the Ninja, which isn't very performance heavy. If a new case is quite cheap, I can just buy a new one. If a custom PC is the same price as a DIY, I'd rather get a custom, but I don't mind building one, I'm sure it will be a great experience. I want a computer that will last me a few years.
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July 21, 2013 8:07:03 PM
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How about this one, is it too expensive for ya? http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-660s/pd?oc=fdcwst14b&...

U could put another same 4GB RAM if u find out it's not enough in the future. In this way, your update option of this rig will be sealed.

Or go for this rig. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/maxime506/saved/20Cr
At least it has 4 cores and a IGP equivalent with HD 5570. Should be enough for ya and has more upgrade potential. And...it's cheaper. (I am not sure about your case so I add one)
July 21, 2013 9:57:31 PM

Thanks alot, ill probably go for the 2nd so I can upgrade it in future...
July 21, 2013 10:13:30 PM
July 22, 2013 2:37:39 AM

I just realised I can scab 4x 1GB Ram sticks and my DVD drive from my old comp. I'm pretty sure 4gb ram is alright, and the DVD drive doesnt need to be up to date, even if its around 6 yrs old. I definitely want to keep upgrading over time as money trickles in.
July 22, 2013 2:42:51 AM

Is used worth it? I'm not sure I can trust used computer parts (admittedly I have no experience buying used parts). Especially some of that new other stuff, it sounds kinda suspicious. Btw, I live in Australia, so many popular hardware sites are inaccessible/not worth the shipping.
July 22, 2013 4:46:20 AM

Only if u really used can u trust it (like your old DVD drive, your monitor, your case). But never buy second hand or refurbished parts when building your rig. Even all brand new rigs can cause some issues when u finish building.

The guy who give u such suggestion is surly a specialist, however, the majority of us are not. So don't risk buying second hand parts. The config of the rig I've gave u should be pretty enough even some newer 2009,2010 games can work smoothly in this rig.

BTW, so u live in Australia? Why not telling me? I'm a Canadian and if u don't mention the location I assume that most of us live in the States.
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