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Im building a low budget gaming computer for under 370$

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July 16, 2011 3:23:36 AM

Alright well my friend only has $370 and he wants me to build him a PC that can play games like Fallout 3 and COD4 in about medium settings.. Here is about what he wants..

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: 370 and under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and web surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS,DVD Drive, and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences:D oesn't matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: umm Im not sure what his monitor is but I know its a standard definition monitor hehe

Additional Comments: He just wants parts that wont break after like 2 months like no cheap PSU's or anything like that
July 16, 2011 3:24:48 AM

Sorry I accidently posted this twice :( 
July 16, 2011 4:36:45 AM

This is about as good as you can do with such a tight budget:

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $50

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor $60

ADATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH $28

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $45

XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $100

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $40

Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $30

Your total is $373. If he can spare another $10 you can upgrade from a dual to a triple core processor which will future proof his system quite a bit more.

And I totally didn't get a CD/DVD drive in there. :\


That brings it up to $391 if you don't have a system you can pull one out of, but I don't really have a place I'd suggest removing $20 elsewhere because anything else and it really just won't be that viable for gaming. Maybe loan him $18 or an old drive you have laying around if it's really that tight.
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July 16, 2011 4:42:51 AM

+1 to that. On the ten bucks, spot it to your friend or look for a hard drive in a local shop (most times they are cheaper depending on location) to save the money for the 3rd core it is well worth it
July 16, 2011 8:33:34 AM
$29.99 Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$44.99 ASRock N68C-S UCC AM3/AM2+/AM2
$109.99 PNY XLR8 RVCGGTX465XXB GeForce GTX 465
$40.99 Antec VP-450 450W
$16.99 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$52.48 LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Black SATA Model GH22NS50 Bulk - OEM
bundled with:1x Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
$74.98 AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM
bundled with:1x Thermaltake CL-P0503 70mm Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler

Grand Total:* $370.41

Ok its $0.41 over budget. There is taxes and shipping too, that is not included in the $370.41. If it has to include the shipping and taxes get this cpu instead.
$49.98 AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX245OCK23GM - OEM bundled 1x Thermaltake CL-P0503
(Grand Total:* $345.41 with the regor/cooler combo)

You might want to opt for the regor and a am3+ board so you can upgrade to the new bulldozer cpu later on.

I strongly recommend this cpu over the regor or tri-core, but it's a bit more money.
$109.99 with rebate code. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

There is this card that should run cooler than the geforce465 but it's more cash. The 6770 also runs cooler but the 6770 is slower than the 465.
$129.99 SAPPHIRE 100297-2L Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme 1GB

-The cooler that is with the $74.99 Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz
Is a 65watt cooler. But for $74.99 it's about the same price as the top regor cpu.
You will either have to undervolt/underclock it a bit to 2.6ghz as a tri-core. Or disable one core and run it as a dual core. It has L3 cache that makes it a bit faster for gaming. There is a good chance that if the case cooling is decent it will work ok at stock speeds with that cooler, you will have to watch the temps.

This is why the $109 phenomIIx4 ends up being cheaper, it comes with a pretty good heatpipe cooler.
July 16, 2011 4:43:22 PM

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G: $58 after rebate

Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333: $31

Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1GB$60 after rebate

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Combo: $143
- with Thermaltake Case and PSU

The PhII 555BE is 80w, will take a nice OC with the stock cooler and you stand a better that 50% chance it will unlock to a quad. Despite all the hub-bub, a fast dual core will work just dandy in the majority of gaming. The HD5670 should blow through Fallout3 on high settings at any resolution --- CoD4 on medium with no AA/AF frames should be well over 60.
July 16, 2011 7:38:54 PM

I seen this combo instead, it's $5 more, it comes with a little bit bigger cooler with a 92mm fan instead that will let the cpu run ok at stock or at 3ghz.
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core bundled with:1x Thermaltake A4022 92mm CPU Cooler

It ends up being $5.41 over budget, but that's for a geforce465/phenomII tri core with a unlocked multi. It wont be able to unlock the 4th core still since that cooler is not big enough for a quad core phenomII. But it should be easy to clock to 3ghz or 3.2ghz with the unlocked multi.

Still the PhenomIIx4 955 for a extra $30 gives you the 125watt heatpipe cooler,
and the 3.2ghz quad with a unlocked multi. It's still the best value.

-The geforce460 would be better than the 465 if you see the 460 on sale cheaper get the 460 instead.
The 465 is a ok card but they run hotter and the antec 450 watt is just barely enough power for it (so don't overclock the 465 card or unlock it to a 470).
January 19, 2012 2:49:42 PM

that's 27.99 for the mother board

this has a AMD quad core 9500

60 for the copu

9.09 fan and heatsink

1.79 for thermal compound

30 for the case
4 gigs of ddr2

40 for the ram
antec power supply
dvd drive burner

for 128.39

comes out to about 356

for a budget that tight i would not stick to just you can get better prices else where..

also i didnt include harddrive

January 19, 2012 5:56:14 PM

Times change and most of the parts in my old build are not longer for sale.

For a budget gaming system the new amd A6-3670K is the new gaming budget king.
Easy overclock to 3.5ghz quad core, 550mhz 320 shader gpu.
Make sure you get a gigabyte crossfire board because they are known to overclock better.
January 19, 2012 5:58:06 PM

Adding a pair of hd-6770's or the new hd-7770 replacement will make it a decent gaming system later on when funds allow, or a pair of used hd-4870's or geforce 260's to 460's would also be pretty good.
January 19, 2012 5:59:11 PM

Close the thread if it is done.