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July 4, 2008 6:18:26 PM

Just need a computer to run some stuff. Decent games if it can. Can you guys help out

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July 4, 2008 6:42:44 PM

Thats going to be a hard budget to play decent games. You need a whole new system I assuming.
July 4, 2008 6:50:09 PM

shadowthor said:
Thats going to be a hard budget to play decent games. You need a whole new system I assuming.

Yes. Check out my wish list

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Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply

Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Retail
Model #:3230-18 c2228u
Item #:N82E16811164104
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$29.99 -$5.00 Instant $24.99


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ECS G31T-M(1.0) LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

ECS G31T-M(1.0) LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:G31T-M(1.0)
Item #:N82E16813135063
Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
In Stock
Mail-in Rebate

$59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99


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Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2180

Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2180 - Retail
Model #:BX80557E2180
Item #:N82E16819116052
Return Policy:p rocessors (CPUs) Return Policy
In Stock

$69.99 $69.99


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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Model #:F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Item #:N82E16820231122
Return Policy:Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy
In Stock

$119.99 -$36.00 Instant $83.99


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Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD3200AAJS
Item #:N82E16822136098
Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
In Stock

$64.99 $64.99


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LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM
Model #:D H-20A4P-04
Item #:N82E16827106228
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$22.99 $22.99
Subtotal: $316.94
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July 4, 2008 7:17:38 PM

I would be afraid of that power supply, very afraid.
July 4, 2008 7:32:17 PM

Its very hard to build a pc that can play games decently with a budget of 350$ :( 
July 4, 2008 7:36:05 PM

You could probably do with 2GB of RAM to start with, to cut costs.

The included power supply with that case will be of questionable quality (though it shouldn't be an issue if you're using integrated video). Which brings me to my next point:

The integrated video on that mobo will be worthless for gaming.
July 4, 2008 7:36:43 PM

The problem with the rig you proposed is that it's got a weak processor, and an internal video card,
so no way in hell are you gonna be able to open a decent game let alone play it.
Please check this one out , it's can be very acceptable with almost all games, i saved up some money you paid up in the rams and the processor for the video card, which really does benefit you.

Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Retail $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn M61PMX AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO4800DOBOX - Retail $60.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn 9600GT-512 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model T800UX2GC5 - Retail $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $355.94 ,
This is a real mid range gaming PC that could have cost alot more a few months ago
Hope you don't mind paying the extra 6 bucks
There's a total rebate of $20 if you're interested
July 4, 2008 8:13:08 PM

Here's a little something I threw together, its still using the case w/ included power supply, which is certainly an issue. However, this build stays at the $350 budget and can handle *mild* gaming. (Shipping not included in budget, which will probably run around $20-25 due to shipping on case)

Extreme Budget Build


Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply $24.99

GIGABYTE GA-P31-S3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard $64.99

Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor $69.99

SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $39.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $59.99

LITE-ON Black DVD Burner $23.99

SAPPHIRE 100237L Radeon HD 3650 512MB $69.99


Total (without shipping): $353.93

IMO, this is about as much as you can do with a $350 budget. If you could add just $100 to the budget, I really think you'd have a solid entry-level gaming machine. Save up for another few weeks, sell some blood (or other bodily fluids), whatever you gotta do. Another $100 would allow you to get a better powersupply (very important) and a higher class video card.

I hope this helps you with your selection.
July 4, 2008 8:18:20 PM

mosdapwn said:
The problem with the rig you proposed is that it's got a weak processor, and an internal video card,
so no way in hell are you gonna be able to open a decent game let alone play it.
Please check this one out , it's can be very acceptable with almost all games, i saved up some money you paid up in the rams and the processor for the video card, which really does benefit you.

Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Retail $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn M61PMX AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO4800DOBOX - Retail $60.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn 9600GT-512 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model T800UX2GC5 - Retail $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $355.94 ,
This is a real mid range gaming PC that could have cost alot more a few months ago
Hope you don't mind paying the extra 6 bucks
There's a total rebate of $20 if you're interested



That build would outperform the one I posted due to the 9600GT. Going with AMD proc/mobo allowed the budget room for a better video card. However, I'm not so excited about the nvidia chipset microATX motherboard.

In the end, I still feel the buget needs to be expanded by at least $50 if not $100.

Regardless, it's nice to see that you can actually put together a decent little entry-level system for these prices. 2008 has been a good year for geeks 'n gamers so far.
July 4, 2008 8:34:14 PM

How about if the budget is raised to 400 - anything you can do?
July 4, 2008 8:38:32 PM

I'll see what I can do with 400, I'll update later this afternoon or evening.
Anonymous
July 4, 2008 9:03:57 PM

you can barely even get modern stuff for under 350... the operating system itself is a third of that cost.... and i wouldn't get a power supply under 50 dollars... that leaves you with like 180 to make a system... you can... but its going to be sh*t... no way you'll play "decent" games on it
July 4, 2008 9:16:02 PM

Example build dependent on the rebates to make the $400 budget and doesn't include shipping or taxes
Case/PSU - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Biostar P-31 motherboard- $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel core2 duo e7200 wolfdale at $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ DDR2 800 2x1 GB $18.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 8800GS 384 $79.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD seagate 250GB SATA $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LiteOn DVD burner SATA $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$398 after rebates and before shipping and taxes

and without an operating system unless you have one on hand already
Anonymous
July 4, 2008 9:22:41 PM

^ exactly... you can make an ok build for 400... W/O an operating system... which makes it pointless.... so....
July 4, 2008 9:26:24 PM

My suggestion is to do some careful shopping on e-bay.
July 4, 2008 9:27:10 PM

Not really, there are a lot of OS out there for cheap. Heck, i have one unused in my desk drawer and so does my brother who recently upgraded/downgraded from XP to Vista. There are also some great student discounts out there. The OP can ask around with friends and family to see if anyone might have something to be used. Check out eBay or craigslist. The above system could run Crysis with a 17 inch monitor and the eye candy turned down. It's weak in the PSU department, but it's in the OPs nwer budget and a decent all around system even without any overclocking.
July 4, 2008 9:54:06 PM

The op might be better off buying a system from dell, hp, etc to stay within that budget.
July 5, 2008 12:14:04 AM

Good point Shadowthor, especially a refurbished system with a 90 day manufacturer warranty. Here's one at $369 with an E6550 2.3GHz and a very low grade GPU (GeForce 7350), can't be overclocked, but can be upgraded to add a better PSU and GPU at a later date.
http://www.recoupit.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/54...
July 11, 2008 2:33:27 AM

mtyermom said:
That build would outperform the one I posted due to the 9600GT. Going with AMD proc/mobo allowed the budget room for a better video card. However, I'm not so excited about the nvidia chipset microATX motherboard.

In the end, I still feel the buget needs to be expanded by at least $50 if not $100.

Regardless, it's nice to see that you can actually put together a decent little entry-level system for these prices. 2008 has been a good year for geeks 'n gamers so far.


you're right , the ATX mobo is a joke now that i look at it , for an extra 10-15 bucks you can actually get an almost decent chipset .. the budget does need to be generally expanded , a 150 more dollars could allow for a 190$ card like a 9800gtx or a 4850, a psu exchange, and a better chipset mobo, although i'd personally skip the video card and go for a better processor, maybe an intel setup (they're much better but only when they're a decent 150$+) and a power supply that doesn't make me **** my pants every time i turn my computer on. But higher video cards would eventually be a better performance.

I say high performing gaming rigs start at 600$ now , its bloody brilliant ...
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