Help on mATX 300$ Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: next month
Budget Range: 300$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, Movies, Music, some Gaming with low details if possible
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, OS, DVD Writer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: Iowa
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768
Additional Comments: a mATX case w/ power supply is good ;)


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MOBO: MSI H61M-E33 70$
CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 125$
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB 1333 37$
CASE W/ PSU: Sentey Classic Series CS1-1399 35$ (i just chose the first one on the results page on newegg......for that price i think it sucks right?

TOTAL: 267$


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i don't know if i'll go for intel though...........i just read that the HD graphics chipset is quite good for low-end gaming........maybe can i go for the i5 with HD 3000 and still stay under 300$?
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  1. ah lol forgot the hdd xD

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 37$

    TOTAL: 304$


    :D
  2. mmm sorry for the multiple posts but i can't activate my account.....

    that hard disk is sata 3 and that mobo doesn't have sata 3 support......so how about this?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075


    i already have a storage drive so i don't need much space....
    i'd prefer the samsung spinpoint f3 but newegg only has the 1tb version....
  3. Some thoughts:

    1) No psu costing $35 is likely to be any good. A cheap case is OK, but a bad psu can destroy the rest of your components.
    The Only case/psu combo I would trust is from Antec.
    You can get a 300 case and 430w psu for $70 with free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065
    2) Sata 1/2/3 is irrelevant. they are forward and backward compatible. Performance differences are nil.
    Go ahead and use your storage drive, no need to buy another.
    3) Here is a slightly cheaper motherboard that should do the job:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241
    4) Do you have an OS?
    5) The 2100 is a fine cpu. If you are on a strict budget, consider the G620 @$78. It will do the job.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
  4. if your going to use the integrated graphics, then you should go for the i3-2105 which has a HD3000 integrated GPU, rather than the HD2000 GPU in the i3-2100:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090&Tpk=i3-2105
  5. As Geofelt says, try not to skimp on PSUs

    Antec 300 + PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1q7ib78u8xbgi

    Seagate Barracuda HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148699

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125360

    MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130295

    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903

    Total:$303.44 After Rebates

    Should be able to game decently at that resolution without any problems
  6. kaweee said:
    As Geofelt says, try not to skimp on PSUs

    Antec 300 + PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1q7ib78u8xbgi

    Seagate Barracuda HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148699

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125360

    MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130295

    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903

    Total:$303.44 After Rebates

    Should be able to game decently at that resolution without any problems


    ^ yep this rig would have much better gaming potential, and will do great for everyday tasks too. It would be better for HD streaming too
  7. For what it is worth, my backup PC has a older G6950 using the integrated graphics. I built it to play Civ 2, and it does that just fine.
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