$300 Budget build? Possible?

If you had $300 for CPU, MOBO, RAM what would you do?

My current rig is getting long in the tooth and I'm looking to upgrade.

I've been considering a E2180 ($70) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052)

Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ($90)(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337)

and 4GB of DDR2 800 i.e. mushkin 4GB ($74 AR)(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146692)

I have a PSU and GPU that will get me by until the new video cards come out. I am also more than willing to do some overclocking.

This rig would be primarily for gaming. Where would my money be best spent? Should spend more money and get a E7200 or a quad or even consider an AMD?
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  1. IMHO you shuld go for the E8400 if you will be using computer for gaming. In 3qtr. Intel will be bringing out new Cpu's and lowering prices on existing Cpu's, that would be the time to get the E8400.

    According to reports, Intel will once again be cutting prices on its desktop CPU parts as it introduces a selection of new chips in the third quarter of 2008.

    The third quarter, which runs from July until September, will see the introduction of the following 45nm CPUs, with prices listed in thousand-unit tray quantities:

    Core 2 Quad Q9650, a 3GHz Yorkfield-based 45nm CPU with 12MiB L2 cache and 1,333MHz FSB - $530
    Core 2 Quad Q9400, a 2.66GHz Yorkfield-based 45nm CPU with 6MiB L2 cache and 1,333MHz FSB - $266
    Core 2 Duo E8600, a 3.33GHz Wolfdale-based 45nm CPU with 6MiB L2 cache and 1,333MHz FSB - $266
    Core 2 Duo E7300, a 2.66GHz Wolfdale-based 45nm CPU with 3MiB L2 cache and 1,066MHz FSB - $133

    To coincide with the launch of Intel's new parts, the existing Core 2 Quad Q9550 will drop in price from $530 to around $316 and the Core 2 Quad Q6600 will drop from $224 to around $203.

    On the dual-core front, Intel's Core 2 Duo E8500 and Core 2 Duo E8400 will drop from $266 to $183 and $183 to $163, respectively. The entry-level Core 2 Duo E7200 will fall from $133 to $113.

    It is also believed that Intel will drop two 45nm parts from its product line-up, the Core 2 Quad Q9450 and Q9300, as well as the 65nm Q6700, leaving the Q6600 as its last remaining 65nm quad-core part.
  2. I would definately recommend that motherboard in that price range if you didnt need firewire

    Your ram should be good...its at 1.8v and 5-5-5-18 timings...I would up the voltage and get the timings to 4-4-4-12 or get some ram thats already clocked at 4-4-4-12

    I would get the e7200 if possible...I was reading some new egg user reviews and someone with the same motherboard got the e7200 up to 3.8Ghz...yeah if the money is there get the e8400...but I would say you would be very happy with either the e7200 or e8400
  3. BIOSTAR A770 A2+ AMD 770 ATX: $55
    $10 rebate - promo code EMCAGBABD - Free shipping

    X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache: $99
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    The woods are full of DDR2 800 from $35 for 2x1gb to $85 for 2x2gb
  4. Here you go. This is a solid setup and will OC to 3.4Ghz+ easily.

    E7200 $132shipped

    GA-EP35-DS3L $97.58 shipped

    (2 x 1GB) OCZ Platinum Revision 2 DDR2 800 $27AR shipped

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $27 shipped

    Total = $284AR shipped
  5. What kind of gaming are you going to be doing?

    Are you going to be playing demanding games such as Crysis?

    If you are I'd recommend waiting and saving up your money more, or just keep your eyes out for a really good deal, I picked up a e6850 for only $100 a couple weeks ago.
  6. It sure would be nice to play Crysis.

    The E7200 OC to 3.4Ghz+ with a next gen video card should do pretty well, especially on 1280x1024.

    If I'm going to get a next gen video card in the coming months is the GA-EP35-DS3L with PCI express 1.0 good enough? Or do I need a mobo that supports PCI express 2.0?
  7. If you want a machine that can upgrade later maybe a 2.0 is the way to go, however atm, best bang for buck is probably a 8800GTS, not cheap but effective, and getting cheaper as the new ones come out.

    I'm also building a gaming/business machine, and that is my choice for GFX card, if not then 8800 GTS OC, less memory but slightly faster clock speeds.

    If you have $600 to waste on one card then get the latest card by all means.
    Personally if i were rich, i'd get a 2.0 SLi board, if your not worried about spending too much, there are boards that run 3x or 4x GFX Cards at 16X speed now, but they also aren't cheap.
  8. I'd get the 4850 over the 8800GTS. Faster, and it's got DX10.1.
  9. Quote:
    The E7200 OC to 3.4Ghz+ with a next gen video card should do pretty well, especially on 1280x1024.

    Check my sig for my current budget build....

    I run in 1280x1024 for all current games and am very happy with my FPS, even Crysis..... You will have even better FPS than me. If you don't have a large monitor, mine is an old sony 19inch, than a budget build is going to give you great bang for your buck.
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