Budget Build for Second Life

O.k I'll start off by telling a little about what I will use this for.
I play a Game (if you want to call it that) Called Second Life Allot and
well My pc strains in Frames per second to the point it drops down to sometimes 1 or 2FPS in certain Areas

The max since i tested it today when i was up in the air (3k meters)and only a single Prim rezzed and my avatar I get 17.7 FPS, I add allot of attachments to my avatar say prim hair which could be over 200 prims, this drops down to 9.7 then around a bunch of people, forget it, 5 or less FPS, So I, to say the least, struggle.

Current system
2.8ghz celeron northwood (socket 478)
An Intel P4 board with only 3 pci slots (no AGP port)
the on board 845G Graphics (doesnt meet the minimum requirements )

I have set aside a budget of 250$ to to build this ...
I been going through build possibilities
but curious to see what some others could come up with.
bare in mind Im using a Gateway Case with a Dvd player in it and some fans i have laying around.
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  1. $20 dollars over, but no ram.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231144

    reuse your old HDD and buy this instead of the new HDD
  2. Cpu and Motherboard Combo:ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.550

    Gpu:SAPPHIRE 100293DP Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card w/ Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102875

    Psu:Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

    Ram:G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-2GBNQ
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231149

    Total:265$
    Guaranteed to give you more FPS than the above build

    Reuse your HDD
  3. you also get a 8gb usb pendrive for free with my build
  4. How big is your case? I need to know if it will fit a full size ATX motherboard or if it can only handle micro-ATX.

    I'm guessing your re-using your current IDE hard-drive or do you need a new hard-drive?

    PowerColor Radeon HD 4650 1GB Video Card - $50

    Antec EarthWatts 380W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU - $45 before $15 rebate

    GeIL Value RAM 2GB DDR3 1333 Memory - $29

    BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 Motherboard & AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz CPU - $94

    Rosewill RCX-Z80-AL 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - $10

    Totals to $227.95 + $9.73 for shipping

    Within budget, Complete AM3 build with 2GB of RAM and a Radeon 4650 video card with 1GB DDR3 memory.
  5. How bout you save up bout 700 bucks, then we put together a real build unlike crap these guys above suggested
  6. Reaper, It's a budget build.
    the dude just wants to run second life. thats not that demanding.
    stop being stupid now.
  7. http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9052/cheaped.png

    Here you go a tri core, a 4670 and ddr3 memory all for 245.95 AR =]
  8. Or if your case can accommodate a full size ATX motherboard, I'd recommend the following instead:

    PowerColor Radeon HD 4650 1GB Video Card - $50

    Antec EarthWatts 380W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU - $45 before $15 rebate

    GeIL Value RAM 2GB DDR3 1333 Memory - $29

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz CPU & ASRock M3A770DE AM3 Motherboard - $119

    Subtotal: $242.96
    Shipping: $4.84 (Sarasota, Florida)

    Total: $247.80
  9. ok Thanks for the suggestions so Far....
    A few things i definitely left out of the details that i should have put in.
    Case is a micro ATX case , and the harddrive is a 80gb 5400rpm Seagate from 2003.
    I had two in it the original Western digital 7200 80gb and this as a storage
    2 months ago the WD went out on me. along with my sound blaster sound card went kapoot.

    @HeyImGodly I liked everything you suggested except the motherboard...Ive read the support on those boards are next to none.

    @ siva150 the combo is not available any more ,, and I never thought about the 5570 especailly for that price ,,, I think I like that idea

    @general MOOn The Ram You suggest is Perfect for the budget ,, nice find.
    The PSU is 380 watt is low wattage like i need high ,, but i may go a bit higher in case i go higher on the card.

    @reaper .. i set a 250 budget so i can buy it by this week I am waiting for black friday sales to kick in see what i can grab up


    when the sandy bridge cpu and motherboards are out I have money set aside for that right now , this is my get by for now build
  10. Go with the Antec Neo Eco 400C if you need a more beefier PSU for down the road. It can support a i5-750 and 460GTX no problems so don't be afraid to push it. Was going to recommend the Corsair 400CX even thought they are the same PSU but its been discontinued I think.
  11. @General M00n yeah I'm considering that one ,, chances are i wont go any higher than a 9500GT i just picked up for 15$ from a friends shop. so that should be quite adequate. I also went ahead and ordered that Geil ram... i don't think Ill find cheaper,
    also got lucky on a hard drive so thats also out of the way. i bought 250gb WD Caviar Blue from the shop for 30$ (bare in mind i forgot to specify im in the US.... so now
    its down to PSU , motherboard and cpu.

    so now I got 176$ left on this build.... i think I may have a little more breathing room.
  12. Well 176 - 45 for PSU leaves you with $131 left over for CPU and motherboard, in which case the following combo should do the trick.

    BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 Micro ATX Motherboard & AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz AM3 CPU - $129

    Triple core is very nice performance wise for the money and so it the motherboard. Should have no problems with Second Life.
  13. HeyImGodly said:
    Reaper, It's a budget build.
    the dude just wants to run second life. thats not that demanding.
    stop being stupid now.


    Actually Second Life is very demanding on hardware, specially on graphic card.
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