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I need the best gaming setup possible for $350

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January 15, 2010 7:28:33 PM

I saw a thread for this but it was a little out dated so I am posting a new thread. I want the best possible gaming desktop build for around $350. I will probably upgrade in the future, but for now I need help. I am greatful for any insight you can provide.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2010 8:00:39 PM

350$ is impossible for a entire build, so what parts can you reuse?
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a c 250 4 Gaming
January 15, 2010 8:09:00 PM

Get a PS3
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January 15, 2010 8:50:15 PM

I am going from a laptop to desktop. The last desktop I had was a gateway millenium so nothing. Can you suggest a build that goes soft on the graphics card and I am not including the monitor in this price.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2010 8:57:55 PM

still impossible... you can get the main parts in 350ish, maybe, but that doesnt count os, adapter or dvd drive, another 150$, and the monitor (not inluded i know) for 150$
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January 15, 2010 10:58:30 PM

For a mere $350, your best buy would be a PS3 of course. :kaola: 

Even if you buy the cheapest parts, you will have to spend something like $420

The description "$350" and "Gaming PC" do not really go together.

Of course it all depends on what type of games you want to play and how old they are.

If you are into games from the Source Engine like Half Life 2 series games, Counter-Strike Source, Gary's Mod and Portal, you can probably go for a PC build anywhere from $500 to $1000

If you are talking Crysis, Far Cry 2, or any game DirectX10 status I would think you would shell out like $1000 minimum.

Of course, this all depends on what you want your quality of the games you play to be, and what games you will be playing.

If you are able to build a computer from the parts you will be able to save yourself a lot of money, and even scrap some parts from your old computer to help save on the cost of a new one. For example, a nice way to save money is to salvage your DVD/CD Drive, Hard Drive, RAM, and ANYTHING else that you can take from your old computer to put onto your new one. Sites like Tigerdirect.com and newegg.com sell computer parts for good prices and even group together some nifty bundles to save money.




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A low end Gaming PC:

Processor : AMD Phenom II X2 BE $ 100
MotherBoard : Gigabyte GA-MA785 GM $ 80
RAM: 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz $ 50
Graphics Card : ATI Radeon 4850 $ 100
PSU (400 W) and Cabinet: $ 80 to $ 100

About $ 400 to $ 450, without Monitor, Keyboard, mouse & speakers...


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Go AMD, here's a list from Newegg.com that should greatly satisfy your needs. I've also included a power supply at the end, you'll want about 500-550 watts, so it'll meet that if you don't have a PSU already that will work.
CPU: Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, 2.8GHz + easy overclocking - $120

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD Evo, easy overclocking + 2 PCI-E x16 2.0 slots - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



RAM: 4GB DDR3 G.Skill 1333 - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: Raidmax Sagitta 2 (it looks cool and will fit everything, go with whatever you like though) - $65 minus $20 mail-in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: OCZ 550 watt Fata1ty - $70 minus $25 mail-in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total price: $463.96 w/PSU and before $55 of MIR, $393.97 w/o PSU and before $30 of MIR

The CPU is excellent, it might not be a quad core but it's far better than the Athlon II X4 620 due to it's L3 cache and exceptional overclocking capabilities. You could always upgrade to the X4 955 (3.2GHz Black Edition for $165) if you decide it's worth the extra money.
The motherboard is good for gaming, pretty good overclocking and 2 PCI-E x16 2.0 slots for possible Crossfire in the future.
The RAM is just basic, cheap RAM from a solid brand.
I have the Sagitta 1 case and think it's cool, but it's not some fantastic case - it just looks awesome. You can get basically any case you want, it's up to you and isn't all that important.
The PSU is probably reliable enough to run a X4 955 and Crossfired 5770s, but if you plan on doing that you'll want to upgrade to about 600-650 watts (see the OCZ700SXS, 700 watts for $60 after mail-in rebates, reliable brand too). It'll be great for your basic needs.

Overall, this will be a great computer that can do amazing at gaming up to 1920x1080 resolutions. Hope this helps, good luck!
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http://www.ibuypower.com/
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