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June 28, 2012 4:55:19 AM

Now I know it's not no where near much to work with but the laptop I have not better. I want to at least run Diablo 3 on the lowest setting - Mid. Also I want to easily upgrade it when I get so more money. It can be around #200-250 something.

Things I do not need.
-Mouse
-Monitors
-Keyboard
-Windows Vista
-CD drive
-Seagate 7200 RPM 500 GB

I understand that's it better to wait but playing D3 right now is unplayable right now.

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June 28, 2012 4:59:57 AM

Can't do anything with that budget.

Get it around $400 and you could probably cobble something together.
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June 28, 2012 5:08:50 AM

So, no build around 200-250 can make D3 playable and I can upgrade whenever I have the money to do that?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 5:48:56 AM

unless you can find a bare bones core 2 duo with a 350-400w psu second hand theres no real chance... lookin in your local charity shop or second hand/pawn shops you may just find something... but really your only real hope is the second hand market. gumtree and ebay also have some cheap sell offs.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 8:28:31 AM

+1 look on ebay for a used dual core system and add a cheap graphics card is all you can get on that budget. If you can stretch your budget a bit further you could get this build without the hard drive and a cheaper graphics card http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-pc-do-it-yourself-...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 10:43:22 AM

+1 that its a very good little system, that will play games fairly well...
500 is really the lower end you want to aim for on a new system. if not then you may as well start console gaming.
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June 28, 2012 11:07:31 AM

This would be $260 after the mail in rebates...... let me say though you would be better off saving to build the Tom's build thats been linked

DIYPC SW-9001 Black SPCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R6670-MD2GD3 Radeon HD 6670 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 1:30:54 PM

I just had a quick look on Ebay.com and you can get a core 2 duo system around 2.5GHz for $99 & a Radeon 4850 for $50 leaving enough for the 450W PSU wr6133 mentioned above and some change. This would play all modern games on at least medium settings and diablo 3 on high.
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June 28, 2012 6:01:35 PM

try the toms $500 gaming pc but get a cheaper graphics card and no hard drive.
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June 28, 2012 7:15:13 PM

Tom's build is the best bet? JUst want to make sure before buying the things I need.
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June 28, 2012 7:58:20 PM

CPU Intel Celeron G530 (Sandy Bridge): 2.4 GHz, 2 MB Shared L3Cache$50
CPU Cooler Intel boxed heat sink/fan 0
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V: LGA 1155, Intel H61 Express $60
RAM Pareema 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 MD313C80809L2 $20
Graphics Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT $80
Hard Drive None $0
Case Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower $30
Power Antec VP-450 450 W $38
Optical LG 22x DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS90B-OEM $17
$295 total. You could get a Pentium G860 for $50 more. Also there are only 9 7800 GTs left on amazon.
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June 28, 2012 8:07:10 PM

The GPU will last me a year or two or will I be needing to replace it like 6 months or so.
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June 28, 2012 8:09:24 PM

errr don't buy a 7800gt thats literally antique released in 2006 its utterly obsolete now the APU and GPU I linked would outdo that graphically
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June 28, 2012 8:31:44 PM

It can play D3
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June 28, 2012 8:57:10 PM

its the utter bare minimum to play its an antique it'll maybe play lowest settings at 640X480 at 5 FPS sorry but anyone would be nuts to buy a 7800GT now
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June 28, 2012 9:03:02 PM

So the 7800 or the 6670?
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June 28, 2012 9:46:19 PM

I also saw a gtx 260 on amazon but its used.
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June 28, 2012 10:21:09 PM

jimmy_dog said:
CPU Intel Celeron G530 (Sandy Bridge): 2.4 GHz, 2 MB Shared L3Cache$50
CPU Cooler Intel boxed heat sink/fan 0
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V: LGA 1155, Intel H61 Express $60
RAM Pareema 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 MD313C80809L2 $20
Graphics Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT $80
Hard Drive None $0
Case Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower $30
Power Antec VP-450 450 W $38
Optical LG 22x DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS90B-OEM $17
$295 total. You could get a Pentium G860 for $50 more. Also there are only 9 7800 GTs left on amazon.


OP, this is an ass-terrible build. Please understand if your pursue building something like this it is BAD, and you are going to HATE it in 3-6 months when more games come out and it can't handle them.

I am probably wasting my breath here, but I'm going to try:

You cannot build a gaming computer for $200, $300 or really even $400. If you spend $300 now putting together that POS build above you WON'T be happy with the results (it is a POS and it will play games like a POS) and in 3-6 months you're going to be exactly where you are today: stuck with a rig that can't do the job. You will have wasted $300 and have to start all over.

What you need to do is save your money so you can buy something that has a little room to grow. If you get into the $500-$600 budget range you can make smart choices that will allow you to maximize your investment.

If you want it TODAY and MUST HAVE IT TODAY you are going to get stuck with garbage and you WILL regret it.

If you can bring yourself to wait and save your pennies you WILL be MUCH HAPPIER!

If you want to get started today and CANNOT WAIT, I suggest you either consider buying USED parts (considerable risk) or go ahead and buy parts that will see you through multiple rigs.

You can go ahead and buy the CD/DVD drive. I still use one from 8 years ago.

You can go ahead and invest in a good case. A good ATX mid or full tower will last you for years. $100-$200 for a case? Sure, but it's the last case you will ever buy. You do not want to put expensive parts in a crappy case where they will get hot and dusty. You want a good case.

You can go ahead and get the harddrive(s)

You can go ahead and buy the PSU- buy a GOOD brand, and a good wattage (500W-750W will see you through for a while yet) Pony up the extra $20-$30 for quality and wattage, because you could easily be using it 3-5 years. It might seem like more NOW, but a crappy or underpowered PSUs just has to get replaced. So you can buy 2 crappy PSUs for $100 ($50 x 2) or 1 good one for $75. Do the math.

These four parts will last you for a long time assuming they don't fail or break, so go ahead and invest in quality right now.

Things you SHOULD NOT BUY first, as they will "age" the fastest:

CPU
GPU
Mobo
RAM (because it has to be paired with the mobo)

There. I'm done. Hopefully you'll see all the parts you can afford right now are nothing you'd keep long term and you'll just end up spending more money long-term. You will SAVE money by doing things "right" the first time and having some patience.

Good luck!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 11:57:15 PM

I advise against a 7800GT on any new build its from 2005 and not high end then. If your building a cheap system for gaming spent at least double on the graphics card than you do on the CPU. I still think the <$200 ebay suggestion I made before will be very good on a budget and play games better than any <$350 dollar new build (and be good for a couple of years if you don't mind playing on low-medium graphics for the later part). If you can get nearer $500, at least $400 then a new build is the way to go. Let us know what you are considering.
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June 29, 2012 12:02:08 AM

Yeah 200 for a normal computer isn't really that good. This is a pretty bad gaming (if you can call it that)computer, and you should save at least $400 or $500 for it
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2012 12:06:00 AM

He wants to play diablo 3 on low-med $200-250 I found a solution that will run it on high under $200, unfortunately not very upgradeable though.
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June 30, 2012 9:46:17 PM

$200? thats like £100!
i could get 5 tau piranahs with that O.O
but not much computery never mind an entire computer
at least bump it up to £250 then i can kinda help you
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