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Cheap Gaming $300

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August 19, 2011 6:58:24 PM

Hello, I have $300, I know how to put together a PC (at least enough to know what goes where...) and I want a pc that can run Fallout New Vegas Mass Effect 3 and Starcraft 2. I am ok with playing on the lowest settings, I just want it to run smoothly 90% of the time. Is this possible?

I'd like to buy everything from Newegg since I have that free shipping thing.

any help would be very appreciated, though I can totally understand if I'm asking for too much.

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August 19, 2011 7:45:44 PM

Do you have any existing parts that you would like to use? Building a new comp with this budget will be extremely difficult, you would be better off buying a refurb from Dell or something..
August 19, 2011 8:56:45 PM

Ty, I'll go on new egg. ^_^ that's all I wanted to know.
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August 19, 2011 9:02:28 PM

dpflamer said:
Do you have any existing parts that you would like to use? Building a new comp with this budget will be extremely difficult, you would be better off buying a refurb from Dell or something..

actually you are quite wrong, an am3 dual core build will fall into this catagory, a prebuilt dell is the absolute worst idea ive ever heard in my life no oc'ing ability and crap components, no upgradeability, and certainly not a very decent cpu

If I was the OP id be hunting on ebay for used am3 components and maybe a second hand gpu like a gtx 260 for 60 bucks or so
August 20, 2011 2:34:37 AM

:lol:  no offense but that is going to be absolutely horrible,not even a dual core and ddr ram a 12 dollar psu have fun with that pile of crap, you are going to be sorely disappointed imo
August 20, 2011 2:36:31 AM

Explain why though?

The processor is 3.2 and the video card has 1gb of ram.

The PSU is 12$ but I'm not sure how that changes anything.
August 20, 2011 2:50:04 AM

I can absolutely explain why, but the short answer is that the components you chose are extremely outdated, the cpu is too low for entry level gaming imo and just about the same can be said about the video card

Here is the longer explanation:

if you system doesnt blow up from that crap psu then good luck, I understand your on a tight budget but you gotta do better then a 12 dollar logsys that likely doesnt deliver anywhere near the specs its supposed to and it will degrade your components if they are not being properly fed power, thats right you can easily age your system with a crap psu. You have selected a prebuilt comp with a p4, not even a lowly dual core your system will be severly held back from that as it is, then you have, not to mention that that video card is terrible and extremely outdated, you will get very very low performance overall in most games if they even run at all, save a little more money and ebay some am3 parts at least for low end gaming. Give me your budget and I can piece something together.

You could get a budget gaming rig on ebay for 2-300 dollars with everything you would need, thats what id be on the lookout for given your strict budget requirements.

I saw a desktop with a e8400 and a gtx 260, 4 GB ddr2 go for 180 plus 20 shipping the other day, you should keep your eye opened, I usually search "gaming rig" or "gaming computer" or "gaming pc"... good luck
August 20, 2011 3:29:13 AM

well... F***...

I already paid for everything, it seemed like the right thing to do, all of the numbers were adding up I thought that was all that mattered, I mean I don't want to play on max settings, I just want to play smoothly.
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August 20, 2011 3:39:48 AM

You bought a very bad machine to upgrade. A small case makes it hard to fit parts especially the fact that it is an OEM makes it even harder, if it was a Silverstone mATX/mITX case totally different case, but that thing is OEM and small. Plus the fact that the machine is running last last gen last gen tech. You'd need a complete system reboot. Like CPU+MB+GPU+PSU+RAM, I think it is better if you try to return it and that would give you $300 again. Hit craigslist, not Newegg.

Your build is at half your budget and fitting an upgrade with $125 super hard. Cheapest MB+AMD 255 is already $100. You'll get at least a CPU+RAM+MB upgrade for the machine but that's about it.
August 20, 2011 3:54:17 AM

Can you explain... All those terms?
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August 20, 2011 3:58:56 AM

? These are really basic terms for making a build. You should probably do some more research but general definition.

mATX/mITX - Case size (not the only)
OEM - Manufacturer
CPU - Chip
MB - Motherboard
GPU - Graphics
PSU - Power supply
RAM - Memory.
August 20, 2011 4:01:08 AM

I can already tell I just wasted 300$...

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August 20, 2011 4:02:52 AM

Can you return the parts?
August 20, 2011 4:04:52 AM

I can return the Card but not the comp.
August 20, 2011 4:14:05 AM

[:aford10:2] FML.

I'm not going to be able to run what I want will I?
August 20, 2011 4:22:52 AM

Oh actually I just cancelled the whole order. That works...

I'm sorry I'm being so retarded, I just assumed...

Well there was my problem...

Anywho, can you talk me through this now? Once my money is refunded I can pick the right thing...

I feel like an idiot...
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August 20, 2011 5:01:05 AM

Do you have the OS? Also do you have a local microcenter?
August 20, 2011 5:12:08 AM

No, I don't think so, I have a fry's and a best buy.

I have the OS on a flash drive, Windows XP.

I can get a hold of 7 pretty easily though.

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August 20, 2011 5:27:32 AM

Asrock A770E3 + AMD Athlon II X3 450 $117
Wintec AMPX 4GB DDR3 1333 $26
Seagate 500GB $40 (Don't worry SATA III is backwards compatible with SATA II)
Xigmatek 400w $35
NZXT Beta $40
Sapphire 5670 $70 ($15 MIR)
Total: $328 without MIR

A little over but defiantly will give you way better performance.
August 20, 2011 5:31:59 AM

Awesome! Thank you SO MUCH.

I'm just glad you guys were hear to save me from my huge error.
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August 20, 2011 1:56:24 PM

Check out my sig for the video guide to build a comp!
August 20, 2011 6:56:46 PM

christ, I told you not to buy that crap,

that build aznshinobi linked is worlds better then that prebuilt shite
August 20, 2011 6:57:48 PM

otherwise you are better buying someones old gaming rig off ebay or c-list
August 20, 2011 10:31:25 PM

you told me too late, I was getting advice from people I don't think are as knowledgeable as they say. You know how it is...

Everyone thinks they are an expert. I know I'm not.
August 20, 2011 11:30:05 PM

well either way i think your on the right track with an amd triple core like the build aznshinobi, i would build something along those lines.
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August 21, 2011 3:45:55 AM

^ Haha yeah good luck, c-list is good for some nice used builds.
August 21, 2011 5:09:45 AM

$300 sounds like enough to get a pc together capable of running those games on medium-low.
August 21, 2011 7:32:35 PM

Sounds like aznshinobi saved you a huge headache. Very good 300$ recommendation, though if you could get another 100-150$ you could make a nice A8-3850 based system.

mobo + cpu ~ 220$ with promotions, usually 240$
.5 tb hdd around 40$
4gb ram 25$
Thermaltake case + PSU 70$

This system would be smokin at ~350$
August 22, 2011 12:15:48 AM

^well except for the fact that the psu that it comes with is trash
August 22, 2011 5:34:52 AM

So is that for ALL cases?

or just certain ones?

Should I buy a PSU rated at 500, just so I have enough power?
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August 22, 2011 5:48:08 AM

Errr Which build are you talking about?

The build in my suggestion is fine. Kamab's is a bit iffy.
I'm referring to PSU btw
August 22, 2011 7:06:27 AM

I would get the xigmatech psu that aznshinobi suggested,

I would get his build overall bc kamabs is a little bit sketchy. (no offense)

Aznshinobis build is much better overall, I would not hesitate to go with those selections.
August 22, 2011 8:21:39 AM

wow lol looking at aznshinobi's build is pretty amazing lol it's actually pretty decent for a $300 computer haha triple core , 4gb ram and the graphic card is good enough lol
August 22, 2011 4:37:46 PM

Yea, I didn't even really mean to put together a build I was just pointing out he could get an A8 system with a pretty easy eventual upgrade path for 100$ more. And yea, you shouldn't skimp on the PSU, but sometimes you can find a vendor who's case/psu combo actually uses a reasonably solid PSU.

I would go with aznshinobis build, seems like he has done a little more research on the subject than I have. And that system would most likely outperform the integrated graphics on an A8 by a decent margin.
September 1, 2011 1:14:09 AM

Best answer selected by turtlicious.
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September 1, 2011 2:09:24 AM