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Building cheap gaming computer. Need lots of help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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February 4, 2014 12:05:37 PM

So Im thinking about building a cheap gaming computer. Im not looking for top of the line, just something simple I can replace in 3 years. I basically just need something to play Wow.

Im trying to save money by using some parts off of my old dell. I know dell isnt good for that kind of stuff but whatever I can salvage would help . That being said I currently have a inspiron 530
e4400 dual core cpu
3 gb 667mhz ram
g3302 mobo
Seagate Barracuda ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA
300w psu
ati 5670 2gb

I know that I need a new Mobo with Cpu as well as ram and a psu but I was wondering if I could still use that Hdd and possibly even the tower case. I will be using the Gpu til I can afford better at a later time.

I also need help with deciding on parts, this is what Ive come up with for a cheap build. Keep in mind I get a free Mobo with cpu:

Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt ATX Power Supply
$49.99

Antec VSK-3000E MicroATX Case 27.99

Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Cha

AMD FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz Six-Core Socket A
$109.99
+
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Mo
SKU: 533182
$9.99
Free
after Rebate

Or

FX 6350 Black Edition 3.9GHz Six-Core Socket AM3+ Boxed Processor 129.99 with

+

ASUS
M5A78L-M LX PLUS Socket AM3+ 760G mATX



Both those mobo are offered free with both processors so I have my choice. Also Plus windows 7 oem, my total is about 350$ which is right where I wanna spend..

Im also wondering, because micro center always has refurbished/used computers I might go this route, would this be better then the build I specified?

http://www.microcenter.com/product/408747/Inspiron_660M...



Thanks in advance for your help!!!

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February 4, 2014 12:14:53 PM

Definitely don't get that Thermaltake TR2 PSU. That line of PSUs is one of the worst quality units made.

This one is the same price after a $10 MIR.

Corsair CX500M.

This one is also the same price after a $20 MIR.

Corsair CX600M.

The CX line is Corsair's budget line, but they are miles ahead of the Thermaltake TR2.

You can re-use your old HDD if you need to as long as it's a SATA model, but you'll need to perform a clean OS install in the new system. Make sure to back up any important documents, pictures, videos, etc...
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February 17, 2014 1:59:02 PM

Hello

So I'm new to all this stuff too and i've spend the last 2 days hard core looking into the new stuff and prices and a lot of reviews. Along with this i had a friend that is also computer smart. I created this build and just purchased earlier today from amazon and newegg. I believe this build is great and I also want some input on it. You already have a hard drive so what i suggest is getting like a 60gb ssd and using that for start up disk and some of the applications. I just bought a ssd for my mac about a month ago and thinking on keeping it in or switching it out and putting it in the desktop. So here is my build on pcpartpicker. you already have a keyboard so thats 25 less. plus you don't need the hard drive
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2UUTF
let me know what your opinions are on it.

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card
Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
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