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Dirt cheap pc

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August 30, 2009 11:11:11 PM

Ok before you guys laugh me outa here.. i have 250 bucks.. a 1TB SATA2 harddrive(running on my sata1 system), and 2gbs of PC2-3200 400mhz ram(i ordered by accdent) and i desperately need a new pc.

so far i have a $45 videocard

and a (aprox) $120 mobo processor combo

I was thinking of doing something like this for a case $27

how big of a power supply would i need? Will this system let me play newer games? not the bran newest on the best settings but newer games and the new stuff on low settings... How easy will it be to upgrade as the time goes on?

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August 30, 2009 11:20:38 PM

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core


OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

This fits under your budget if you reuse your ODD and HDD and get a cheap case. No it wouldn't play new games to well, but once you get more money you can throw in a video card. It should work for a little while if you have a small, low resolution monitor. Your budget is really, really low but that's the best I could do with it.
August 31, 2009 12:31:47 AM

That looks good to me as well. You need about twice that budget before you are going to build what most people would classify as a good/decent system. That setup I would classify as more of a 'just to get by on until I can upgrade' type of build.
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September 1, 2009 4:50:39 AM

The bad news is: even the el cheapoest AM2+ seems to run ok with lowest DDR2 667 so DDR2 400 will screw ya over :(  Good news: if you can salvage ODD and since HDD is fine something possibly within your reach which would cut it for 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 with toning down of settings perhaps depending on game?
September 1, 2009 5:53:23 AM

Shipping on a case will run close to $20, so pick one of the coolermasters for $40 w/ free shipping and you'll get a better case for less than the others above.

$35 amir 9600 GSO, better than all the other suggestions made above.

$28 amir Corsair 400w PSU (must buy one other combo item from ZZF, as selected below)

$58 AMD x2 240 CPU

$55 amir w/free shipping Biostar 760g

$25 2gig PQI ram picked by batchuka

Total: $289 + $7 delivery - $50 mir = $246