Building $300-350 budget computer

I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer for a client who has at max $350 to spend on the computer. At the moment I'm at $311 with $26 shipping giving me a total of $337.


Sony DVD Burner $30

Gigabyte gz-kx9 Black case $20

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ AM2 $54

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $55

Foxconn A6VMX2-K AM2 Micro ATX $40

Gskill 2GB DDR2 $44

Coolmax 500W $25

Zotac Geforce 210 512MB $43
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  1. To start, you don't have a CPU cooler. That CPU doesn't come with one.

    Optical: Samsung 22x Sata DVD Burner $27, free shipping.

    CPU: One with a cooler: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz $59, free shipping.

    Mobo: ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 $60 after rebate, free shipping. Much better board.

    PSU: I really don't trust that PSU. Here's a case with a PSU: ENERMAX PANDORA 185 ECA3070BS Black/ Silver SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply $40 after rebate, $13 shipping.

    My changes make the total $328, with shipping $353. Got really close.

    Side note: I didn't get your $26 shipping. I got ~$46 for all of your items.
  2. You can use onboard graphics and with the money saved upgrade the memory to 4 GB.

    EDITED: only with the Foxconn motherboard.
  3. Resolution probably 1280 x 1024 -> 1600 x 1200

    After taking into account a number of suggestions I've altered the parts slightly...

    Couple questions

    How big of a difference is 2GB compared to 4GB in terms of the parts I'm looking at? Will the CPU/proc be the bottleneck so that the increased ram isn't as significant?

    What's a reasonable low-mid gaming gfx? What about a 220 GT? HD 4670?

    220 GT

    HD 4670

    I'm going to be talking to him later today to see how flexible his price range is. I'd like to have him spend a little more $$ for 4 GB RAM and a slightly better gfx.


    Sony DVD Burner $30

    Gigabyte gz-kx9 Black case $20

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8 Ghz $53

    Seagate Barracuda 500GB $55

    Elite Group ECS MCP61M-M3 AM3 $55

    Gskill 4GB DDR3 $75

    Coolmax 500W $25

    Zotac Geforce 210 512MB $43

    Total = $325
  4. CPUs are hardly ever the bottleneck. I would say the most likely bottlenck in the system would be the GPU, then maybe the RAM.

    You still don't have a CPU cooler. And you won't find one cheaper than $6, the difference between the version that has a cooler and the one that doesn't.

    You should switch the DVD burner to the one I posted. You'll save $10 one the price+shipping and lose absolutely nothing in performance.

    Switch the Seagate for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for the same price. The F3 is slightly better. If that's sold out, the Seagate's the best alternative.

    I still hate that PSU. I use this ranking system for all PSU recommendations. It's generally not advised to stray below tier 2. Coolmax 750W+ units are tier 2, but all others are tier 5 (the worst). If you can squeak an extra $25 out of the build, the OCZ StealthXStream 700W is very powerful, quality, and cheap at $50 after rebate.
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