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December 25, 2009 10:50:38 PM

I got $145 for Xmas and was wondering if it was possible to build a gaming rig for around $565

Oh, and how is gaming on a 1024x768 15" CRT monitor? and if I have 3 how would that look?

I have:
Wireless Card
Mouse + Keyboard
Speakers

I have looked at an AMD X3 720 build but it is going over $565
I plan on playing MW2, BFBC2, AA3, Assassin's Creed, etc

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December 26, 2009 12:09:02 AM

Hey man!

I have very similar.

I upgraded to a decent multipurpose rig for...

(wait for it)

£200.

That can't be more than $400, right?

-Athlon II X3 435: £55
-2GB DDR3 RAM stick: £30
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO M/Board: £70
(Fitted in my micro ATX case, and has 4 mem slots, as well DDR3 and Windows 7 "support"; they do the -V for normal ATX)
-ATI 4650 GPU: £35
-450W power supply: £15

I don't do much gaming, mostly music production and then my family surf the net with crazy amounts of windows/tabs open, and msn too, multi users logged onto the PC at once, etc. So went with more cores as opposed to higher clock speed.

To make it more appropriate for you, I'd suggest a better graphics card, and perhaps another stick of RAM for 4GB, and dual channel.
2 cores will get you by too.

-Graphics cards:
ATI
4670 = £50
4850 = £80

Geforce GT 250 = £70
8600GT = £30 (ginger6.com)
8600GTS = £40 ebay, or higher
8800GT = £90
8800GTS = £95
9600GT = £40
9600GSO = £40

Let's call it £80 for your new card.

All prices included delivery as far as I can remember (was at start of this month)

It sounds like you also need:
-harddrive: SATA 250GB from £20
-DVD burner: £20
-Windows: £120 or so on upgrade or OEM version when purchased with Hardware
-Case: from £25
You might get a deal where case and PSU together cost £20-£30

Tot it up:
CPU: £55
RAM: £60
M/board: £70
GFX: £80
Case + CPU: £50
HDD: £20
DVD: £20
OS: £120

£475 according to my mental maths.

Approx $750?
I'd suggest finding an old copy of windows you can legally use (got an old pc around somewhere?) and roll back to XP. Save you £120 (or more! Dunno how much windows is in the states)
Perhaps just 1 stick for ram, save you £30
Go for a dual core X2 Athlon II: save you £15-20
Go for AM2+ motherboard and DDR2: save you £30-40

That could take the rig down to a splendid £280 which is within budget, EASY $450 or so, right?

Just my own experiences and my own research over here in the UK, maybe more experienced guys and guys more local can help out more!

Merry Christmas/season's greets, all :D 
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December 26, 2009 12:10:15 AM

PS, Our 15" 1024x768 TFT does the job nicely.

It ain't *amazing*, but it gives gaming on par with most XBOX/PS 3 gamers, if ya thinkaboot it.
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December 26, 2009 2:29:07 AM

tpho2500 said:
I got $145 for Xmas and was wondering if it was possible to build a gaming rig for around $565

Oh, and how is gaming on a 1024x768 15" CRT monitor? and if I have 3 how would that look?

I have:
Wireless Card
Mouse + Keyboard
Speakers

I have looked at an AMD X3 720 build but it is going over $565
I plan on playing MW2, BFBC2, AA3, Assassin's Creed, etc


The GTS 250 can play modern games at high settings at a 1600 res, so it will be overkill for your current monitor.


AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$125 -Free Shipping


Palit NE3TS25NFHD52 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$113


ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60


Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$78 for two sticks


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Free Shipping


SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$80 with combo discount


Total = $540 Before rebates and Shipping
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December 26, 2009 2:17:05 PM

I forgot to mention, I already have an OS
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