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October 22, 2011 3:18:28 AM

Hello All I am sorta on A tight budget and making a computer in a month i'm thinking around $300 without a os, dvd/cd drive which i have. I know this is sorta Weak But I have been on a single core for about 4 years but I'm pretty experienced with computers. Just Want a Computer that can play starcraft when i throw a video card for christmas and have fun with without breaking the bank. I'm thinking about trying too at least unlock 1 extra core for 3 which seems likely. I've looked at the benchmarks of the Processor and it Is basically better then the best athlon X3 and X4. With the maybe 1 or 2 extra cores that'll just sweeten the deal. I'm really going to impressed with it no matter what Because i'm running on a athlon single core for the last 3 years. All responses will be taken in consideration

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99 -$15.00 Instant $54.99

Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2SB 500W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 -$20.00 Instant $39.99

Rendition by Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model RM51264BA1339
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99 $21.99

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$87.99 $87.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99 -$15.00 Instant $39.99

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99 $54.99
Subtotal: $299.94
October 22, 2011 8:15:54 AM

I be honest with a $300 budget there generally not much wiggle room for what you can get. Plus most people on this forum won't help much with you trying to decide what to buy in a month as most of the stuff we do is find the best deals at that given time to buy right than and there so we can get the best bang for the buck.

But for your budget there is usually a couple computer kits on newegg which are halfway decent. I would actually try to build off an Sandy Bridge for your budget instead of working off an older AMD platform I think you get better results. They have dual core CPUs out there which are cheap, they won't be pretty but it get the job done.

I start by picking a CPU and trying to find the best mobo deals for that given CPU with combo's etc. Thats probably the easiest way to go about it since you have a very limited selection and budget to work with. Than from there pair it up with the some cheap (but good quality) ram, HD, PSU, Case. The last two you are almost guaranteed to find a good combo deal going on in your price range.

If your able to scrounge up another $100 you have a LOT more options especially since your holding off on the GPU for now. And if your on a real tight budget and want to get a bit more room for parts salvage a computer case. Go buy one at a thrift store for $5, look online for people giving computers away for free. etc. And if you know any other computer geeks that live near you, ask them I know one friend of mine probably has around 20 old broken computers scattered in his garage and I have a few that I need to get rid of. That alone probably free up another 30-50 of your budget.

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October 22, 2011 12:08:18 PM
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speak for yourself Assasin. $300 can produce a viable computer, It won't play anything at very high settings, but it WILL play games!


a few suggestions:

AMD Llano a8-3850: $139.99
AS Rock Fm1 A55 chipset mobo: $58.99
Geil 4 GB DDR3-1600: $28.99
Antec Basiq 350W PSU: $29.99
Xigmatek Asgard II case: $29.99

shipping: $9.67

total $297.62

this will run most games at 30-45 fps at 1680x1050
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October 22, 2011 12:30:31 PM

if you primarily want to play starcraft, then intel is what you want. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/129 A pentium G620, H61 motherboard are already better than your proposed build. Add some low end 1333 Gskill RAM and a decent PSU (not Rosewill, get antec or corsair or something reliable) and whatever hard drive you want and you will have a good low budget gaming PC that is upgradeable. Then throw in whatever vid card you want at christmas 5770/gtx450 or better.
October 22, 2011 1:17:55 PM

There Was an I5 2400 kit that I was looking at for around $350 on newegg the case/had a built in power supply but I probably will upgrade once I would get a video card
October 22, 2011 1:28:00 PM

Not Month Basically around November 6th, I have a Sata 5400 rpm hd should i re use that?
October 22, 2011 2:53:04 PM

5400rpm drives are slow, but will work
October 22, 2011 3:15:16 PM

THe AMD A8 seems like a good idea
November 1, 2011 1:55:02 AM

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