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Build challenge, $350 budget before MIR / Shipping. Gaming.

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February 9, 2014 8:20:18 PM

Let's see the best gaming builds you can come up with for $350 BEFORE MIR / shipping. The challenge is on! You only have to include: CPU(APU) / MOBO / RAM / HDD(ANY SIZE) / GFX Card (If not an APU build.) / Case / PSU. Good luck!
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 8:39:24 PM

$350 is a stupid price. you might as well buy a console instead of wasting people's time with this
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 8:50:43 PM

^^ was just going to type that. Why bother, it will run games like crap no matter how you slice it.
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February 9, 2014 8:52:46 PM

Why even bother posting, you're just wasting MY time. Move along if you're not going to say something useful.
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February 9, 2014 8:54:52 PM

This is a build I saw recently on PCpartpicker, but the people above are right, you know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (Purchased For $109.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (Purchased For $35.00)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card (Purchased For $69.99)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99)
Power Supply: Raidmax 535W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $44.99)
Optical Drive: Gear Head 24XDVDINTLS DVD Writer (Purchased For $5.00)
Total: $304.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 23:54 EST-0500)

You can find a cheap storage device.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 8:58:19 PM

There is nothing useful to say about a $350 budget for a computer. especially with gaming in the title. It will run slower than even the last gen consoles at that budget (xbox's are under $200 now) so move along and probably won't see anything more productive than this comment here on this topic...you are on a hardware site thus you will get the truth about what you can do with a $350 budget. You can do nothing productive with that budget in terms of gaming, as you will have extremely limited hard drive space, a bad cpu/apu/gpu. You may be able to play older games like the first diablo or the the oldest counter strike games, but the quality will be piss poor and STILL not have great fps.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 9:03:49 PM

No point in trying to build a 350 dollar"gaming" computer. You'd be better off finding a used one on craigslist or something.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 9:04:14 PM

Spbach said:
This is a build I saw recently on PCpartpicker, but the people above are right, you know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (Purchased For $109.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (Purchased For $35.00)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card (Purchased For $69.99)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99)
Power Supply: Raidmax 535W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $44.99)
Optical Drive: Gear Head 24XDVDINTLS DVD Writer (Purchased For $5.00)
Total: $304.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 23:54 EST-0500)

You can find a cheap storage device.


The price of the MB in that build is $0. Add $60 to it at a min for a crappy 760 board, plus HD and you're at 450 at least.
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February 9, 2014 9:10:39 PM

getochkn said:
Spbach said:
This is a build I saw recently on PCpartpicker, but the people above are right, you know.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (Purchased For $109.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (Purchased For $35.00)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card (Purchased For $69.99)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99)
Power Supply: Raidmax 535W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $44.99)
Optical Drive: Gear Head 24XDVDINTLS DVD Writer (Purchased For $5.00)
Total: $304.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 23:54 EST-0500)

You can find a cheap storage device.


The price of the MB in that build is $0. Add $60 to it at a min for a crappy 760 board, plus HD and you're at 450 at least.


Didn't take that into account, thanks for correcting me.
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a c 264 4 Gaming
February 9, 2014 9:16:45 PM

lol
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 4:23:31 PM

Actually tom's had an article about this kind of build , in which they tested demanding games like skyrim, BF3 and far cry 3 :

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-budg...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-budg...

as you can see BF3 and Skyrim are fairly playable on medium and high presets (respectively) on 1600×900 res. ( with OC genie )

so, using nearly same specs ( with stronger APU ) ... you could have a nice entry-level build like this one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($57.78 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $351.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 19:22 EST-0500)

Just keep your gaming at 1600×900 max. , with medium to high presets and you'll be fine :) 

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