300 Dollar Build for Civ 5 - Possible?

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

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Optical Drive

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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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  1. 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
  2. Thanks Dougie, forgot about that. I'm thinking that we can safely go to 350 ~ 400 (most plz) with this build, by the way.
  3. I feel like this isn't possible. I'm thinking

    CPU and MOBO combo: Gigabyte board with Athlon II x4
    -$153 after rebate

    RAM and CASE: NZXT M59 and Corsair XMS3 4 GB
    -$103 after rebate

    GPU and PSU: HD 4870 and 600 W OCZ
    -$125 after rebate

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB

    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 :/
  4. 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

    ASRock H55 board

    G.skill DDR3

    Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W
    Yes, there are a few good Rosewill PSUs made by ATNG

    XFX 4670

    Samsung F4 320GB

    Rosewill Blackbone case
  5. 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.
  6. Yep, that seems like the best he'll do. The Propus is probably the better bet.
  7. $78 Athlon II X3 445e 3.1
    $38 ASRock M3A770DE (Open Box)
    $67 Gskill 4gb
    $40 Rosewill Blackbone
    $30 CoolerMaster 460W
    $43 WD Caviar Blue 250gb
    $100 Asus 4870 (after $30 rebate)

    $396 Total

    3 core 3.1ghz processor with 4gb of ram and a 4870 should be a great gaming or desktop rig.
  8. Best answer
    Correction to my last post, get that 600w PSU / 4870 combo to shave $5 off the price (391): OCZ 600W / Asus 4870
  9. Best answer selected by nativeson8803.
  10. 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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