The lowest budget gaming pc possible?
So I have a few hundred dollars laying around and would like to build a PC for my sister who plays World of Warcraft online. She likes to do group activities like raiding on it and it causes her a great degree of frustration as she plays WoW on a very out-dated laptop. I have built a computer before and I would say my tech level is novice at best. I've read a few articles but I am afraid that the information in the articles is dated. Perhaps I'm not looking in the right areas. Does anyone have advice on what to look for or a good guide to follow? Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and respond!
Sorry about that. Here's the info needed:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible
BUDGET RANGE: 300ish Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: Specifically playing World of Warcraft
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel or AMD cpu
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to build the cheapest, smallest(in size) pc for my sister to play World of Warcraft on. Thanks again for the assistance!
I second going with AMD and geodoe_'s stats look good to me. From everything I have read and learned is that at a lower price point, AMD gives you better bang for your buck. The case to me (after air flow needs) falls under personal choice. You might want to let her pick one out unless its a surprise. Tha antec 200 is cheap and simple...not bad looking at all. Even for her uses I'd go with a mid atx case as it has better air flow than a micro atx, although I just built one for my parents and it seems fine. Even threw in a GTX 280 for them! Anyway, I'll post links in a sec...
I'm a little off: $345.oo with no OS...best I could do
Forgot the video card!!!
Either use onboard till you can swing it or I'd go with ATI at the moment. gl
I've put a list together here, and it totals $290 including shipping, but no OS
Like everyone else has mentioned, you will be hard pressed to come up with a system that will run games smoothly for $300. I think this build would play Warcraft on low settings, maybe?
GPU: Asus 4350--36.99+free shipping+$15.00 mail in rebate
Wintec 2x1 GB DDR2 800 RAM--$45.99 + free shipping
Antec 300 Illusion Case + Antec Basic BP 430 = $94.99
Athlon xII 240 + ECS Mobo--$106.98 + $18.00 mail in rebate:
With this combo, you'll wind up getting $33.00 in rebates. Windows 7 OEM costs $104.99 right now at Newegg. With the total being $290 shipped, that puts you at roughly $60 short of an OS, even using my "fuzzy" math. Your best solution would probably be to look for a used PC as others have suggested, or if you are a student, I think you can still get Windows 7 for $30, I'm not sure.
This is not a great build regardless. The mobo is not a great one. The RAM is just barely enough to get by on nowadays, and the PSU is not great either, but it should run that setup. Good luck.
EDIT: you could probably try to go with a cheaper case/psu combo, but even on a low budget build, I'd try not scimp too much on the PSU. You should be okay with a good 400 watt PSU from a solid brand like Antec.
I forgot to add a DVD/CD drive too here's a good cheap one ($21.99 + $1.99 shipping) that I am using right now : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175
That would bust the $300 budget right there...
Or, if you really wanted to cut some corners, you could get a pretty nice case with a not-so-nice 420 watt PSU for $49.99 + free shipping + $10 rebate:
I don't even know if that case would accommodate the Micro ATX mobo though.
That would put you at $263.99 including shipping, minus $43.00 in mail in rebates.
Technically, you could say those rebates put you at around $220, only ~$25 shy of being able to get Windows 7 OS.
EDIT (again) I forgot a hard drive as well >_< so yeah, that would put you right back up around $285. Sorry
Without owning an OS you will not be able to build price competitively with budget manufacturers. Manufacturers buy windows for cheap, you will have to dish out a lot for it. Your best bet is a used computer that comes with an OS.
I know its above your budget, but this would make a great foundation for what could eventually be upgraded into a "real" pc....
Asus Essentio CM5570-AP002 Refurbished Desktop PC - Intel Pentium E5300 Dual Core 2.6GHz, 6GB DDR2, 640GB HDD, DVDRW, Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Maybe your sister would want to chip in to get something that will last longer? Does she have any money? The GMA graphics in the above machine would be survivable for a little while... maybe you could let her do the eventual upgrade to a discrete video? It being a surprise would be nice... but it being usable for a while would be better.
Continuing my argument for prebuilt-- the HP P6200z series starts at $299.... You could just put a graphics card in it...
(although personally I would pay $70 more for Athlon II version too)