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Help with Gaming Computer Build

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July 12, 2011 2:07:52 AM


I am looking to build a computer for when I attend college next year that can play games like Starcraft 2, WoW and minecraft without significant lag as well as programs such as AutoCAD. Right now I am playing these games on a laptop that is pretty basic, so you can imagine how limited I am when it comes to gaming.

I am the occasional gamer and I just want something that can be upgraded somewhat easily in the future. Unfortunately my budget is only 300 dollars for now. This is why I am asking for help with this build :)  .

Thanks again for your guys help!

P.S. I am sorry if this is in the wrong category. I was a little confused which one to put it in and there isn't a category for just PC builds I think.

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July 15, 2011 4:34:01 AM

Since the 300 dollars is your budget "for now", I advise that you save up a bit more for a better PC. You won't be sorry you did it :) 

However, if you cannot, something that will run these games on your budget would be along the lines of:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-G41MT-S2P LGA 775 $60~
Processor: Intel Celeron E3400 Wolfdale 2.6GHz Dual-Core LGA 775 Socket $50~
Video Card: eVGA e-GeForce 9500 GT Graphics adapter - 1 GB - DDR2 SDRAM $50~
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB RAM $17~
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 250GB $37~
PSU: LOGISYS 480W Power Supply $15~ (300W should suffice but, better safe than sorry)
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $21~
PC Case: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $20~

Total $270 (Excluding the Operating System) capable of operating your games. Again, I do advise that you wait and add more to your budget if you can, if you cannot/don't want to, then this will surely do. Hope this was helpful :)  Good luck.
July 15, 2011 10:32:30 AM

That is about all you can get for $300 but there is no upgrade-ability as the motherboard cannot support any new CPUs and the power supply cannot support mid-high end graphics cards. For a bit more you can replace the motherboard with an AM3+
$65 and the CPU for an Athlon x2 (tghe x3 is not much more and better but to keep it cheap) $59.99 this would give you an upgrade path to bulldozer CPUs that have not even been released yet. A good 600W power supply to support godd highend graphics cards is around $70 on its own see .