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June 24, 2011 9:14:35 AM

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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June 24, 2011 9:26:58 AM

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=N82E168...


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....
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June 24, 2011 2:28:05 PM

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
June 24, 2011 3:02:50 PM

As Geofelt says, try not to skimp on PSUs

Antec 300 + PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$303.44 After Rebates

Should be able to game decently at that resolution without any problems
June 24, 2011 3:06:00 PM

kaweee said:
As Geofelt says, try not to skimp on PSUs

Antec 300 + PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5670:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
June 24, 2011 3:14:21 PM

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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