250-300 dollar gaming PC, computer parts?

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week.

Budget Range: 250-300$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: America

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes, to some degree

SLI or Crossfire: IDK what this is

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: I've got certain parts I've selected already I need some opinions on maybe better parts to buy in my budget or if the parts I selected are good.

ASUS P5G41T-M/CSM LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

I have these 3 motherboard I'm not sure which one to choose what would you guys recommend?

Intel Celeron E3300 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E3300

Intel Celeron E3500 Wolfdale 2.7GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E3500

Intel Celeron E3400 Wolfdale 2.6GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E3400

I still need help with some other parts like power supply and hard drive I think 500GB would probably be good if not less I probably won't buy a graphics card right now I will if I can afford it but I don't think I can so I would use the onboard graphics since the games I will be playing aren't very high graphics.
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  1. How many times do I have to see people wanting Intel for cheap gaming builds those two words don't even make much sense together, for low cost gaming builds buy AMD get an Athlon II it's faster, cheaper, and newer!
  2. why AMD? Like describe to me?
  3. Best answer
    Because they offer a better price to performance ratio in other words for the same money your spending on that Celeron you can get an Athlon II that is much faster and is also faster then most Pentiums and the Athlon is newer then that Celeron. The Athlon also uses the AM3 socket(can also be put in some AM2+ sockets) which is current but the Celeron uses LGA 775 which is outdated by two sockets
  4. OH okay so can you go onto newegg and recommend me a good 1? I am looking currently for one that supports DDR3 since the RAM is DDR3 as well, and is there anything else you can help me with? I am not trying to play games that are really graphical just things like F.E.A.R 1&2 or Ragnarok/Dragonica/Runescape/FlyFF just stuff along those lines.

    This 1?

    Or is there a better one you could recommend.
  5. Right now this is the cheapest you can get that is faster: you should like it! But in case you don't like OEM CPUs you can get this:
  6. Can't comment specifically on that board but looks pretty good! When in doubt read reviews! What PSU will you be using so I can better recommend a GPU?
  7. Oh CPU ... so if I choose one of the CPU's you recommend will I have to change my motherboard as well? since they aren't both AMD?
  8. This board you showed works with the CPUs I recommended and Phenom's as well. As long as the motherboard socket is AM3 or an AM2+ that works with AM3 cpus, it will be fine.
  9. Alright so far.. I have chosen.

    both looks good under what I want.

    now what is PSU and I want to know if the motherboard has onboard graphics because I wasn't sure if I could afford a GPU with my current budget since the games I will be playing do not take to much graphic power.
  10. The PSU stands for Power Supply Unit (the thing that powers your PC) as for as onboard graphics go it has a ATI Radeon HD 4250 which would be decent for online gaming stuff and VERY LIGHT gaming but if you want a little more horsepower I would recommend maybe a GeForce GT 430 as minimum or if you want AMD/ATI graphics cards a Radeon HD 5550 would be minimum. I recommend you check reviews for budget graphics cards on this site and on others to see exactly what you need.
  11. Save a few bucks and go with this, you won't even see any difference in perf.

    I'd use this combo and get a GPU, onboard is crap for gaming even the slightest, you want a GPU even for light gaming.
  12. ^That bundle is VERY good for your budget needs^
  13. Okay so who's advice do I take.. I don't know much about the graphic cards suggested, comparisons?
  14. The Radeon HD 5670 is the strongest so far shown but do you need it is the question? But regardless the deal he showed is probably what you should go with.
  15. The 5670 would be sufficient at any resolution below 1680x1050. The 5670 would be much more powerful than a GT 240 and equivalent to a 4830/4850. There really isn't any other way to explain it other than that.
  16. Okay thank you now how about a power supply next?
  17. Get something like Antec or other high quality brands the last thing you want to do is skimp on the power supply! You won't need much wattage or amperage.
  18. ^Good option good brand^
  19. Well without the power supply so far I am at 214 dollars I'm running thin on money now lol I am going to try to get 300 at least.
  20. I would take AznShinobi's option on PSU, better quality same price.
  21. Okay so we are at about... 260 dollars.. now.. what else do I need you guys? my brother said he would let me use a hard drive he isn't using now I'm not sure if it's really a big deal to not buy a tower and just have my parts all sitting out lol I don't want to spend so much on a damn tower when I could be spending that on other parts.
  22. Both are actually good choices, the Corsair would be cheaper if you wait for MIR (which to my knowledge Corsair is one of the better brands with MIRs) as for the Antec, it's also a solid PSU, better efficiency than the Corsair, but a bit more if you don't include MIR, overall both are good.
  23. okay but that's the problem if I'm at 260 how can I get a 50 dollar tower and still be in a 300- budget?
  24. It's 10$ more, is it really that much of a problem.

    40$ tower
  25. Here a cheap combo with $30 off:

    The PSU in that combo isn't as good as the Corsair and Antec, but it will work.
  26. ^ I would not suggest that combo at all personally. The Cooler master PSUs have sucked up until their newest lineup of the Silent Pro series. The GX, Extreme, RS, Basic series are all OK but not very good.
  27. Thank you guys yes I am satisfied I will try and go with the 40 dollar tower.. I want to keep the current power supply.. very much appreciated I think that is it for parts.
  28. Alright good luck.
  29. Best answer selected by Raguto.
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