New pc as cheap as possible
I'm looking to put together a system for my girlfriend that will basically just run guild wars and other games of that nature. I dont need anything really hardcore, I already have a monitor and I'm a broke college student. My maximum budget would probably be in the $4-500 range. I'm not really up on what video cards are good for the price and whatnot, and everything i put together ends up being in the $700 range...Could anyone help me out here? I figure you are all knowledgable about all the new products, I just want to see what I could do for that little.
well for four dollars i would recomenned that you save up your money *looking closer*oh you meant 4 to 500 dollars then get a sempron 2800 biostar tforce 6100 mobo 512 mb corsair ram and this graphics card 80gb hard drive and cheap case my guess around 550 hope your happy
I would look at the Arstechnica system guide for the budget box. About 500-600.
Just my 2cents though.......
I never consider buying a prebuilt pc. I know my way around computers pretty well, I have put together a few, I'm just bad about keeping the cost down and dont really know what's worth what. I'm kind of out of the loop as it were, I had a spell there where I didnt have any internet access so I'm just trying to catch up and see what I can do on a poor college kid's budget.
Hey, I'm in the same situation except I figured out all the prices and went for it
I generally went for the cheapest possible since I'm planning to sell this off right around graduation in about 6 mos. And yeah, I'm building this for GW as well. I've been getting around 10~40fps with an ooollllldddd Dell P3-933mhz/512mb/Geforce 5500 and some crappy 10gig HD. I'm hoping the new build gets me up to 30~60+.
The new PC consists of the following (prices include shipping):
1. Case $37 - cheap ATX with 5 star rating and 350W PSU from newegg
2. Mobo $37 - PC Chips K7 FSB266... for around $10 more you could get one that supports newer CPUs / from newegg
3. HDD $53 - Western Digital 80gig 7200rpm 2mb cache from newegg
4. RAM $39 - Corsair PC2100 512mb from zipzoomfly
5. DVD/CDRW Combo $35 - Sony 52x32x52 from zipzoomfly
6. Gfx card $56 - ASUS Geforce FX 6200 128mb AGP from digitalhotbuy
7. CPU $69 - Athlon XP 1900+ with copper cooling from eBay (sigh)
The total came to $324.76 including all shipping costs.
I've compared eBay prices + pricegrabber + newegg for all of these, and if eBay prices were only a couple dollars less than retail, I went for retail. The only part that's used is the CPU, and those don't break too often + it comes with copper cooling (saves $20~30).
Other cost-performance stuff I considered:
HDD - 8mb cache would have been nice but they cost $20~30 more
Gfx card - I also considered the Geforce 5700 Ultra and Radeon 9600 XT, but the GF6200 seems a wee bit faster and even a new one costs less on average than those older models.
CPU - around $50 more could have put me in 2000+ & overclocking land with a better mobo, but 1900+ seems enough for GW and other MMORPGs.
I got everything in 2~3 days except for the eBay item, which I'm still waiting for (sigh).
Hope this helps
btw don't forget, if you sell off your old rig after this you'll be spending only $100 or so...
Here is what you can buy 4 aprox 550 USD:
CPU AMD Athlon™ 64 3000+ Socket 939 512K bus 2000 0.13u 1.5V 89W 64bit (1800 MHz) BOX
MB Asus A8R-MVP, RD480 CrossFire, S-939, ATX, 2xPCI-Ex16 / 1xPCI-x / 3xPCI / Dual DDR400, U-DMA 133, S-ATA II, Raid 5, SB 6ch.&1394&Lan 1000 on board.
DIMM 512Mb DDRAM PC-3200 (400MHz - 2x200MHz) GeIL Value CL2.5 Radiator ( Kit 2 x 256MB, SPD Dual Channel )
HDD WDIGITAL 160 GB 7200rpm 8Mb Serial-ATA II 300 8,9ms WD1600JS
DVD±RW ASUS DRW-1608P2SB 8X16X8X16X - 40X32X40X Ultra-ATA RETAIL Dual Layer BLACK
VC GeCube Game Buster Radeon RX550 128Mb DDRAM PCI Express (128bit) (256MB Hyper Memory) TV-OUT DVI Dual Display
This is aprox 522 USD
Case+mouse+keyboard+speakers aprox 30 USD
Note that you can upgrade this PC pretty good whitout changing the motherboard.
Im in basically the same situation. Check my post to see what I came up with;
Quote:I'm looking to put together a system for my girlfriend that will basically just run guild wars and other games of that nature. I dont need anything really hardcore, I already have a monitor and I'm a broke college student. My maximum budget would probably be in the $4-500 range. I'm not really up on what video cards are good for the price and whatnot, and everything i put together ends up being in the $700 range...Could anyone help me out here? I figure you are all knowledgable about all the new products, I just want to see what I could do for that little.
I would suggest MSI K8MM-V, Socket "754". I have used over 60 of these in office PCs without any problems.
- 1 floppy port supports 1 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
- 1 serial ports COM1
- 8) 1 VGA port Onboard
- 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 8 USB 2.0 ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 4)
- 3 audio ports in vertical (Line-out, Line-in, MIC)
- 1 RJ-45 jack 10/100 NIC
- Supports up to 2GB DDR333
- Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode EIDE controller
- Integrated dual channel native Serial ATA/RAID controller that will supply 150MB/s and support RAID 0, RAID 1
- AGP Slot 8X - Video Card Upgrade Path if you don't like the onboard video. Onboard video should be fine for or upgrade with low AGP Video Card.
AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8GHz Socket 754 Processor Retail
Kingston KVR333X64C25/512 512MB DDR333 PC2700 Memory
:arrow: Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 - Hard Drive - 80GB - Internal - 3.5IN - SATA 1.5GB/S N
Liteon SHW160P6S05 16X Dual Layer DVD±RW Bare Drive
- Read CDs
- Read DVDs
- Burn CDs
- Create and burn DVDs
:arrow: Speakers are a personal choice. Decent speakers low end (office use) around $20.
$18 Creative Labs SBS-260 2.0 Speaker System
:arrow: Wireless keyboard and mouse:
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Sets OEM
:arrow: Estimated cost - $344
Plus case and PS ($40 and up) At least 350 watt PS
Plus Floppy ($12)+/-
Plus OS if needed: XP Home ($90ish), XP Pro (140ish). Recommend XP Pro if going to network with other office PCs now or plan to in the future.
Plus Office if needed: Recommend Office 2003 Small Business Edition ($220ish)
- Outlook Buisness Contact Manager
I hope this helps. :wink: