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December 21, 2006 5:00:26 PM

I am really on a tight budget and all I have is 400$ , is it possible to get a core2 system with so little money , I want a full system with dedicated video card enough to play game at medium resolutions is it possible :idea: :?:
update : Sorry for the double post .
Sorry for the late reply.
Well I already have hard drive, but my PSU doesn't support LGA processors so I will need to upgrade that one too. That's first .
Second , I am not only buying a gaming rig, I'm student ,so I will need it for general purposes , some 3D rendering and writing&compiling some code ,
so a Xbox 360 won't do it . Also I'm not putting so much money in it as I will probably upgrade to a higher motherboard by the release of the bearlake by Q2 2007 (which supports DDR3)so I am trying to upgrade and also save some money for further upgrading in the future ( Keeping the same processor clearly ) .
Here what I have in mind I think it will get the job done .
JPAC 608 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail Model #: 608 Black $27.99

G.SKILL 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) System Memory Model F2-5400PHU1-512NT - Retail Model #: F2-5400PHU1-512NT $53.99

MSI 945P Neo3-F Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $77.99 Model #: 945P Neo3-F

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz $183

GIGABYTE GV-NX73T256P-RH GeForce 7300GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 $78.99
Total = 421.96 $

A poor Case but that's what you get for 27.99
The over all is a little bit over the budget but it's ok .
I have now :
P4 2 GHZ 512 cache , Gigabyte 845 chip,512MB DDR400-MHZ , Geforce fx5200 128 , DVD-rom , CD-RW, Pci raid controller with 2*200 GB at raid 1
And I am Egyptian studying Pharmacy in Chicago .

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December 21, 2006 5:16:20 PM

Depends.

Do you need a new PSU and mobo?

$400 would be pushing it.

Cd2 e6300 is nearly $200 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

New Mobo from Gigabyte: $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

512Mb of ram: $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

This leaves $50 for a new video card, IF you dont need a new PSU.

If your shooting for medium graphics, you might want to spend less on a C2D and more on the video card. Going with an AMD system, you might be able to pull it off, with say, a 3200+ which would save an extra $150 for a video card. And if your current system is compatible, you might have ram or a PSU to keep.

If its just a C2D you want, then you might want to save an extra $200 or so and get a beter video card.
December 21, 2006 6:25:09 PM

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I am really on a tight budget and all I have is 400$ , is it possible to get a core2 system with so little money , I want a full system with dedicated video card enough to play game at medium resolutions is it possible :idea: :?:


In two years magic eight ball says: Maybe.

For $400 you'd be better off getting a pre-built AMD system with a PCI-16x slot. Then over the course of a few months building things up, starting with memory, since it'll probably be 256 megs for that price. I'm looking at the dx2250 for the very reason that Core2 systems are too pricey for me.
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December 21, 2006 6:27:41 PM

Fry's has had the e6300 combo special for as low as $169.99 with free ecs board. The board has a via chipset with ddr and agp support, so you may be able to use your old memory and video. But don't expect too much. You may have to sacrifice about a 10% performance loss, and it has few adjustments in the bios. It's a throwaway board, but you can always replace it later when you have more money.
December 21, 2006 6:28:36 PM

I'm gonna say no. If you're only going to spend $400 then why bother with Core 2 Duo? Get a cheaper LGA 775 proc and have the Core 2 option. Or a cheap AMD system might do nicely as well.
December 21, 2006 6:35:45 PM

HAy OP... mind posting what your using now?
December 21, 2006 6:40:00 PM

Probably not, if you need a complete system... not to mention OS...

8O
December 21, 2006 6:41:11 PM

$400 is not going to get you a system with a dedicated video card. Or you will have to use alot of parts from your current system.
December 21, 2006 6:45:04 PM

I priced out a system for $400 bucks, provided he has a hard drive, and PSU to use.


It is possible, and maybe worth it. For the remaining $50 bucks, you could get a used 6800gt, ugh, but not PCI-e. Well Its possible in any case.


I recomend a 939 AMD system though, so you can spend more money on the GPU.
December 21, 2006 6:47:21 PM

and where did you leave room for a dedicated GPU? LOL
December 21, 2006 6:50:07 PM

Correct. An independant video card, instead of a build in GPU. This is what he requested, but it is still unknown where he is comming from. OP's take too long to reply. lol.



And I was ust thinking...

Remeber when having a built in sound card was a Novelty ? Strange.
December 21, 2006 6:53:52 PM

400$ will get you the

Processor
1gig ram
Mb

roughly...

Depending on how cheap you want to be with the rest of your components, or whether you have lots of re-usable hardware, your final price will vary.
December 21, 2006 7:01:27 PM

get the board and cpu I have in my sig - $100

Antec Sonata II Case and PSU - $50

7600GT - $110

1GB DDR2 - $100

Lite-On SATA DVD Burner Drive - $30

SATA HDD - $40

Total - $430

Not C2D, but a good system within your budget.
December 21, 2006 7:04:43 PM

He hasnt replied yet. read the first reply. I asked him about what he really wants.... he may just want a great CPU, but it might be beter to get a GOOD cpu, and a beter GPU.
December 21, 2006 7:17:27 PM

only a 80 GB HDD though, but given the budget... it fits, ya know?
December 21, 2006 7:40:37 PM

Two things.

That Case/PSU is no longer 50 bucks. Plus it costs 16 bucks for shipping. Would of been 66.

Plus, BFG has a 7600GT OC out there for 85 bucks after a 65 MIR.
December 21, 2006 7:48:20 PM

Quote:
Two things.

That Case/PSU is no longer 50 bucks. Plus it costs 16 bucks for shipping. Would of been 66.

Plus, BFG has a 7600GT OC out there for 85 bucks after a 65 MIR.


<------ Should check prices before posting!
Sucks about the case price going up, that was an awesome deal!

Do you have a link to that 7600GT (Im sure I could find it) but that is a HECK of a deal.

Off Topic, but does the 7600GT run quieter and/or cooler then my x850?
December 21, 2006 7:50:58 PM

Actualy, that card is a repackaged ATI 7000. So Im told.
December 21, 2006 7:55:07 PM

Its not worth it. Get a good motherboard, good RAM and hold off on the processor and maybe the video card till things get cheaper. Otherwise you'll be wasting money on el cheapo components that'll crap out too soon.
December 21, 2006 8:02:13 PM

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No. Whats the point of building a C2D system with a dedicated video card for gaming if your only going to have 512mb of system memory? Talk about stutter city.
You'd, be better off getting a xbox360.


Quoted for truth


8O
December 21, 2006 8:04:41 PM

Quote:
Actualy, that card is a repackaged ATI 7000. So Im told.


Huh?

Also, if you only intend on gaming... they are right, the 360 would be better.
December 21, 2006 8:52:10 PM

That would be a NO. Would be nice :wink:
December 21, 2006 9:04:20 PM

Quote:
Actualy, that card is a repackaged ATI 7000. So Im told.


Huh?

Also, if you only intend on gaming... they are right, the 360 would be better.
Sorry, that was random.


Anyways, I agree. Xbox360 all the way and keep your current one for everything else.

Provided you have a computer. If not, then get one instead and play games later.
December 21, 2006 11:41:42 PM

C2d for 400 is quite easy get a nice motherboard and cpu here http://www.pcdirectsource.com/Item.cfm?ID=2011 for 239 just put it in your old case or buy a new case psu and harddrive as well as memmory

should come close to 400 unless you got those alrdy then all you need is this motherboard combo and itll only cost you 240 bucks
December 21, 2006 11:44:09 PM

but the video card too. dont forget a pci-e video card. and 512-1gb memory.
December 21, 2006 11:48:08 PM

well most people upgrade they have most parts left over so in that type of case it wont cost you much to upgrade to a c2d system
December 22, 2006 3:27:37 AM

I'm sorry for the late reply.
Well I already have hard drive, but my PSU doesn't support LGA processors so I will need to upgrade that one too. That's first .
Second , I am not only buying a gaming rig, I'm student ,so I will need it for general purposes , some 3D rendering and writing&compiling some code ,
so a Xbox 360 won't do it . Also I'm not putting so much money in it as I will probably upgrade to a higher motherboard by the release of the bearlake by Q2 2007 (which supports DDR3)so I am trying to upgrade and also save some money for further upgrading in the future ( Keeping the same processor clearly ) .
Here what I have in mind I think it will get the job done .
JPAC 608 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail Model #: 608 Black $27.99

G.SKILL 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) System Memory Model F2-5400PHU1-512NT - Retail Model #: F2-5400PHU1-512NT $53.99

MSI 945P Neo3-F Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $77.99 Model #: 945P Neo3-F

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz $183

GIGABYTE GV-NX73T256P-RH GeForce 7300GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 $78.99
Total = 421.96 $

A poor Case but that's what you get for 27.99
The over all is a little bit over the budget but it's ok .
December 22, 2006 3:43:12 AM

Here is a C2D system for $385 similar to mine:


Intel Core2Duo E6300 - $183

Asus P5PE-VM w/vga - $57

Maxtor 80g HD - $42

Adata PC3200 C2 512mb - $48

Case w/ 450w PS - $25

LG DVD/RW - $30

But rather than use the onboard video, I bought a used Geforce 6800 gpu on EBay for $60, which plays all my games at high resolution. I also upgraded to 1gig ram. I also went with the AsRock 775i65G m/b, which is v. similiar to the Asus but is $10 cheaper and can be o/c to 1200FSB (the Asus is locked at 1066FSB). Using this m/b would reduce the total cost to $375. In case some are sceptical about the $25 case with 450w power supply, here is the link to the one I bought (which converts to about $25 in U.S. funds):

http://www.cancomputer.com/index.php?sku=5328

If you could wait a couple of weeks until the C2D E4300 comes out, you could save another $20 (bringing the cost down to $355), plus it should overclock to 2700Ghz with this setup.
December 22, 2006 3:59:13 AM

the question is "HOW MANY CORNERS CAN BE CUT?"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
56+183+47+43+89
= 418, you need a case and psu, maybe ebay some of these items to reduce price

but yeah, get more money so you aren't stuck with anything that sucks ass. the best motherboard for the money for core 2 at the moment is this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
also intel will be releasing cheaper core 2's around the corner so sit tight, and remember that for acceptable performance you're going to want a gig of ram AT LEAST and a 7600gs video card overclocked
December 22, 2006 4:39:19 AM

i havent done much to research prices on parts... ...but ideally, if you want a C2D system that can game at decent settings... ...you would purchase the above intended parts, except DONT purchase a dedicated GPU... instead purchase higher quality of the above listed parts (E6300, 1GB system memory, perpendicular recording hdd, quality psu, and a motherboard with onboard video, and you can reuse parts from your existing setup too)... THAT way, you can invest in a much higher quality PCIe gpu, when you have more money saved up again, and you wouldnt be skimping quality on any vital parts, such as the psu, etc

and you may even have some money to spare this way, to save up again

either way... a decent gpu, and the cpu, are 2 large chunks out of your total budget... ...even an x850xt (i believe), would be a decent gpu to save up for, for raw horsepower even (its only around $100 also, or close to), it doesnt offer SM3.0, but you wouldnt want SM3.0 running on a slower gpu anyhow, such as a 7300 (performance will most likely take a dive when rendering SM3.0 on a slower gpu)

sorry if this is worded confusingly at all... but, i hope it helps some :) 
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