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Cheap gaming computer, help please

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January 25, 2010 6:33:42 AM

$300 budget (very tight budget can't exceed it), keep all prices/sites in Canadian please.

I am completely lost on what I can build with this budget to play games like World of Warcraft, Counter Strike Source on reasonable FPS. I am not looking to build a computer that can play new high end games just need one that can run Counter Strike Source at a good fps.

Please help :) 

Don't include keyboard, mouse, monitor.


Currently I saw this at a computer place near where I live, what do you think?
http://ucomputer.ca/ucom/core/product_detail/pid/1951.h...

If I can skip having to build my own that'll be great as long as I only have to spend ~$30 more to have it prebuilt for me.

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January 25, 2010 7:26:23 AM

Well I can get it down to ~$368 shipped, but that doesn't include an OS, so I don't think it can be done.

You'll want to go to Dell or HP for a system in that price range. You than can add a GPU later, when you have some more $, but the onboard GPU (hopefully you get AMD's versions) should be enough for WoW and CSS.
I've listed a link to Dell's website, where you can get a <$400 desktop.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us...

I'd add a 4670/5670 GPU later, if you want more gaming power. They are around $70/$100 respectively and they don't need any additional PSU power (other than the supplied power from the mobo slot that the GPU sits in!).
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January 25, 2010 7:41:21 AM

lunyone said:
Well I can get it down to ~$368 shipped, but that doesn't include an OS, so I don't think it can be done.

You'll want to go to Dell or HP for a system in that price range. You than can add a GPU later, when you have some more $, but the onboard GPU (hopefully you get AMD's versions) should be enough for WoW and CSS.
I've listed a link to Dell's website, where you can get a <$400 desktop.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us...

I'd add a 4670/5670 GPU later, if you want more gaming power. They are around $70/$100 respectively and they don't need any additional PSU power (other than the supplied power from the mobo slot that the GPU sits in!).



It would have to be through dell.ca and the Canadian price for that is much higher.

Also I dropped the budget to $300, just need it to play counter strike and wow (at a respectable fps).
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January 25, 2010 7:51:46 AM

Ahhh, and the link that you added, DOESN'T include the OS, so that would make a ton of difference when looking at price, but at $300 budget your going to be getting something that probably won't be upgradeable.

Did you have any other parts to add?? DVD drive, Case, PSU??
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