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gaming pc build under $300 excluding OS, GPU, keyboard, mouse, and monitor

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December 20, 2013 10:51:39 AM

I've just been offered Windows 8.1 and a 9800 gtx graphics card for free and I'm trying to build a gaming pc. I need some ideas for a good CPU, PSU, RAM, MOBO, case, and probably a cooling unit of some sort. I have an old optical drive I can use from my old pc but other than than what would you guys suggest? I need something UNDER $300. Not a penny more, this is also not including rebates. Because in the end it will still cost more than $300 if there are rebates.
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December 20, 2013 10:59:42 AM

Save money to get an actually good gaming computer. For $300, you're better off getting a console.
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December 20, 2013 11:03:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nlpb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nlpb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nlpb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $308.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 14:02 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 11:03:14 AM

don't even bother.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 11:03:18 AM

note: i would not recomend to buy this unless you really need a pc and a gaming system
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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 11:03:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.34 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $298.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 14:03 EST-0500)

You will want a second 4GB stick and a new GPU at some point soon.
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December 20, 2013 11:14:12 AM

If you want a gaming machine to play new games nonebof these machines listed will do it efficiently and with playable fps.
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December 20, 2013 11:18:48 AM

*EXCLUDING* mail in rebates. Your build may say $300 final price but it's still $350 that id have to spend. And as for the negative nancys, go away. Lol. I need a pc for gaming *and* for general browsing, etc. I don't need some high end system that will play C.O.D Ghost on ultra settings. I need something that will play games like league of legends, minecraft, and multiple steam games at med settings at 60+fps. Please help me out guys. I already have the GPU and OS. I'm makin it easy on you guys! =P
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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 11:27:10 AM

Asking for a $300 gaming PC is not easy... That GPU is from 2008, it is going to struggle with today's games. I would recommend you save up some more money and then build something.
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December 20, 2013 11:33:23 AM

Lol your getting the same responses. IF you can TRY TRYYY to bump it up to 500$ that will open your path to a gaming PC
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December 20, 2013 11:41:32 AM

It isn't about saving. It's about what I'm willing to spend. I have 200k in the bank doesn't mean I'm gonna buy a 150k car. I want to spend $300 on a pc for gaming an general purposes. I guess if you knew my current pc you might understand where I'm coming from. I'm on a dell inspiron 537s slim. 2gb ram, stock gfx, singlecore processor. It barely runs my games fast enough. And it's going on like 7 years old. Oh and it's DDR2 RAM. But it works. And it was a $400 pc including mouse, keyboard, and a 25" screen back when I got it. I'm not looking for anything crazy. Just something that I don't have to worry about raging because I have like 12fps in the middle of a game. I don't personally know a lot about building. That's why I'm here. If I didn't have an OS and gfx id be asking about a $500 build. But I do so I need the rest of it for $300.
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December 20, 2013 11:50:53 AM

Or I could just say give me a $500 build but it must include a 9800gtx+ GPU and Windows 8.1. It's the same thing.
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December 20, 2013 11:52:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $292.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 14:52 EST-0500)

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Heres one with a better mobo for cheaper

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $287.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 14:53 EST-0500)
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December 20, 2013 11:55:59 AM

MDXX you are missing an HDD
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December 20, 2013 11:58:08 AM

Slayerr555 said:
MDXX you are missing an HDD


You didnt say you needed one

I need some ideas for a good CPU, PSU, RAM, MOBO, case
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December 20, 2013 12:06:05 PM

That gpu wont do much especially on modern games. It will likely struggle even at low settings at 1080p. My dual core amd 64x2 black edition with 2gb ram and a 8800gts 512mb on the g92 chip wouldnt give me playable frame rates in bf3 even on lowest settings. You are wanting something at a price thats unrealistic with modern games even on low settings. Like everyone said if you went up to 400 or 500 you could get a much more solid group of products that would fair you well on medium settings or mix of low and medium at a playable resolution. Perhaps you should give a detailed list of games you are hoping to be able to play at the fps you are wanting to play.
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December 20, 2013 12:07:59 PM

azzazel_99 said:
That gpu wont do much especially on modern games. It will likely struggle even at low settings at 1080p. My dual core amd 64x2 black edition with 2gb ram and a 8800gts 512mb on the g92 chip wouldnt give me playable frame rates in bf3 even on lowest settings. You are wanting something at a price thats unrealistic with modern games even on low settings. Like everyone said if you went up to 400 or 500 you could get a much more solid group of products that would fair you well on medium settings or mix of low and medium at a playable resolution. Perhaps you should give a detailed list of games you are hoping to be able to play at the fps you are wanting to play.


Someone is giving him that GPU for free to hold him off till he can get a better one. A placeholder pretty much
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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 12:10:24 PM

Slayerr555 said:
Or I could just say give me a $500 build but it must include a 9800gtx+ GPU and Windows 8.1. It's the same thing.


Done.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.23 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XA-G43 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $391.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 15:08 EST-0500)

Sell the 9800 on Craigslist, and go with an APU build. It will fair better in games, and later on you can add a HD7750 for Crossfire, or a better GPU like a R9-270X.

This is without rebates and combined with Windows 8 you are at $500.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 12:28:04 PM

Here's a suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.42 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $298.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 15:26 EST-0500)
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December 20, 2013 1:29:52 PM

MDXX is right. The GPU is a temporary placeholder. I know it isn't going to work wonders. And to answer a previous question, the main game I am concerned with is League of Legends. I play it on a semi-regular basis and it's almost the only game I do play. And my current PC can handle it. So I know for a fact that *any* build I go with will be better than what I have. It will work better. Currently I have constant fps lag and sometimes crashes because my computer is so outdated. Also to whoever it was, sorry I didn't mention an HDD I forgot it for some reason. So now that everyone knows, I do need an HDD as well. Preferably a 1TB but I know that's hard to do in a $300 build so smaller would be okay.
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December 20, 2013 1:33:01 PM

Absolutly no way your getting a pc for 300$. Id save up instead of dropping 300$ on a crappy system

And man you should quit lol. Nothing but a headache on that game!! Ragers and baddies every game lol
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December 20, 2013 1:35:11 PM

And transmania where is my GPU? If I add my GPU to that build I'm at over $600.that means it's over $400 without windows 8 and my 9800gtx+ GPU. I need a $300 build.
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December 20, 2013 1:37:58 PM

PepitoTV is the closest thing I've seen to a $300 build excluding W8 and a GPU. Anyone care to chime in on his build?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 21, 2013 9:15:43 AM

Slayerr555 said:
And transmania where is my GPU? If I add my GPU to that build I'm at over $600.that means it's over $400 without windows 8 and my 9800gtx+ GPU. I need a $300 build.


The CPU has a built in GPU. That is an AMD APU, meaning its all integrated and actually gives decent performance. I don't see why are you figuring $100 for that GPU, you got it for free and would be lucky to get $20 on craigslist for it...

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a b 4 Gaming
December 21, 2013 9:32:12 PM

Pepito is probably the most basic build for the price you want you can get for. I think your 9800 should be fine on league with 60 frames. My friend uses a amd 6570 and can get 100frames on howling abyss on max settings currently and I think both cards are similar in performance.

Not sure how it'll run on a 1080p monitor or higher tho.
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