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300 Dollar Build for Civ 5 - Possible?

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October 11, 2010 9:59:21 PM

Budget: $300 USD


Preferred place to purchase: Amazon (no tax, free shipping), but could go with TD or Newegg for combos


Games to be played: Civilization 5


Not needed:

Monitor

Keyboard

Mouse

Optical Drive

Operating System


Needed:

Mobo:

PSU:

Ram:

Graphics:

CPU:

HDD:

Case:


I am open to rebate deals and possibly running up to 350. but I was really hoping not to with this build. Any help is much appreciated.

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October 12, 2010 12:06:27 AM

FWIW:

Recommended Requirements

Operating System: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX® version 11
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October 12, 2010 1:00:57 AM

Thanks Dougie, forgot about that. I'm thinking that we can safely go to 350 ~ 400 (most plz) with this build, by the way.
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October 12, 2010 1:18:45 AM

I feel like this isn't possible. I'm thinking

CPU and MOBO combo: Gigabyte board with Athlon II x4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$153 after rebate

RAM and CASE: NZXT M59 and Corsair XMS3 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$103 after rebate

GPU and PSU: HD 4870 and 600 W OCZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$125 after rebate

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB
-$55

TOTAL: $436

That's about as close as I could get. Someone else might be able to do better. I don't know at what point it just becomes more worth it to have your client save up some more money, though :/ 
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October 12, 2010 1:30:01 AM

You do not need a quad. I'm running fine on an overclocked dual... but it's demanding on large maps, not unlike Civ IV.

I'll put up what I would consider a good budget rig for it, and we'll see where it lands cost-wise:

i3 540
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H55 board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.skill DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yes, there are a few good Rosewill PSUs made by ATNG

XFX 4670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F4 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Blackbone case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 12, 2010 1:37:52 AM

I'm calculating $460 for Proximon's build. What if he removed the $55 500 GB hard drive from my build and replaced it with Proxi's F4, then you're down to $424. Don't know what else to change, though. Switching out too much else will end up disrupting combos and any savings will be negated.

It looks like $424 is as low as you can get.
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October 12, 2010 1:45:43 AM

Yep, that seems like the best he'll do. The Propus is probably the better bet.
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October 12, 2010 2:43:29 AM

Correction to my last post, get that 600w PSU / 4870 combo to shave $5 off the price (391): OCZ 600W / Asus 4870
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October 12, 2010 6:39:27 PM

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October 12, 2010 6:41:20 PM

Thanks for the advice guys. Good answers all the way around but I think it will be tweaked further anyway with some input from the person who is actually getting the rig. He might just hold off for a month or two and save up. Also, I like the 5770 idea.

Thought it would be good to throw some points to the new guy! aland.
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