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~250 dollar computer build

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July 25, 2010 10:07:19 PM

Notes:

1) My first build.
2) In a tight budget with college and everything.
3) I already have minor parts such as a hard drive, an optical drive, and a GPU.
4) I don't plan on overclocking.
5) Most extensive use is playing Starcraft 2 in all low settings (I'm for gameplay only).
6) One of the doubts I have is that these parts won't fit.


CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Foxconn M61PMP-K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill RV2-500 500 W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Parts I already have: nvidia 9600 gso gpu, hard drive and optical drive whose specs I don't know and hopefully I won't need to know.
July 25, 2010 10:14:42 PM

You are paying premium for going with new parts. Have you checked Craigslist in your area? If you are not after best/fastest, used will let you save lots of $$.
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July 25, 2010 10:27:14 PM

Well keep in mind that is a Micro-ATX motherboard... while it WILL fit in that case, generally if you're buying a midtower you should be buying a normal ATX motherboard. I assuming you chose a micro b/c they are cheaper... everything will work fine, but you will have some really cramped components.

Looking at the mobo and GPU you have, the video card looks pretty short, so It is my best guess that you wont have any clearance issues. I'd say go ahead with that build... as soon as you get some money saved up you should get another 2gb stick of ram! That's going to be the main thing you're lacking... so should be near future step up to 4gb

It's tough to do much with $400, but I think you did about the best you could. Make sure you look for combo packages on each component at newegg
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July 26, 2010 3:00:41 AM

kodancer said:
Notes:

1) My first build.
2) In a tight budget with college and everything.
3) I already have minor parts such as a hard drive, an optical drive, and a GPU.
4) I don't plan on overclocking.
5) Most extensive use is playing Starcraft 2 in all low settings (I'm for gameplay only).
6) One of the doubts I have is that these parts won't fit.


CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Foxconn M61PMP-K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill RV2-500 500 W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Parts I already have: nvidia 9600 gso gpu, hard drive and optical drive whose specs I don't know and hopefully I won't need to know.


building a computer for someone under 300. i picked out the same cpu and motherboard. got 4gb of mem though.
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