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I'm trying to decide what desktop PC to buy and I need your help.

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February 23, 2014 8:46:34 AM

Hello, everyone. My PC broke in December and I'm going to buy a new one in June. I'm trying to keep it under $300 since I'm only 12. Would anyone be kind enough to help me choose a new gaming PC? Should I build one or buy a prebuilt? Here is what I am looking for:


Games I will play: World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress

Operating system: Windows 7

PC type: Desktop

Price: Under 350 dollars

Warranty: I don't need one

High internet speed (for WoW)

Graphics card: I don't really care about graphics so much but I want one that won't cause lag when I'm in a big raid group. And also one that can render Minecraft chunks well.

Sound: I think I will get a cheap soundbox for it so if you know anything about a cheap soundbox that would be great :) 

Memory: Enough to run either Minecraft or Wow at a time.

Monitor: I think can use the one from my old PC. It's a dell letterbox screen that was used to run windows XP.

So if any of you can find on the internet a cheap $350 dollar PC or come up with a list of parts I can use to build one that I can buy you would be really awesome and I would be grateful. Sorry for my bad English by the way










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February 23, 2014 10:43:01 AM

Scoutdrago3 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YCnC

That was the absolute cheapest I could go. And I couldn't even fit the OS in there.


I wouldn't touch that case with a 10 foot pole. Terrible manufacturer and I would try to increase the budget before purchasing, at least to $500.
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February 23, 2014 10:47:41 AM

Scoutdrago3 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YCnC

That was the absolute cheapest I could go. And I couldn't even fit the OS in there.


Thank you very much.
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February 23, 2014 5:44:15 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Scoutdrago3 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YCnC

That was the absolute cheapest I could go. And I couldn't even fit the OS in there.


I wouldn't touch that case with a 10 foot pole. Terrible manufacturer and I would try to increase the budget before purchasing, at least to $500.


If you have a budget of $350, you shouldn't expect quality.
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February 23, 2014 5:48:10 PM

Scoutdrago3 said:

If you have a budget of $350, you shouldn't expect quality.


Yeah that's why I suggested upping the budget to $500, you won't get quality at $350, I'll agree there! :lol: 
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February 23, 2014 5:56:45 PM

ok, so your computer broke. what broke on it? how old was it? im sure the whole thing didnt break so something is wrong. whatever is broke is garbage.... so there is probably parts we can use on your new computer so you dont have to buy them, like the cd/dvd drive and the hard drive maybe.

im also assuming that you can use the windows 7 or whatever was on the old computer and put it on the new computer. start figuring out what is still good in your old computer and can be used on the new computer and minus those pieces off the total.

this is about the least i would recommend to anyone who wants something that will actually last...
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $360.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 20:58 EST-0500)

for $360 that is not a bad at all built around a 750k and a 7770, there is no doubt it will play games fine, not far behind a ps4/xbox1 quality.
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