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December 7, 2011 3:02:43 PM

My youngest brother has complained to me that the old computer our parents have isn't letting him game very well, and I offered to research a build list that he could afford as a teenager with an allowance. Looking to go well under $500, potentially sacrificing gpu/ram/cpu for the potential to upgrade later, it just needs to be better.

Well I have a basically unused Antec EA430D, so anything that can use that would be good. I don't know what the old dell has for processor (dual core pentium D I think, it's 5-6 years old) but it has a gigabyte 4550 fanless gpu right now, so it shouldn't be hard to step up. He won't need a monitor or OS.

Here's a preliminary list I picked up from some other threads, I still don't know what to do about a processor/mobo. Really looking for a mobo that can take a new processor in 2 years or so, which I think limits me to AMD, because intel is always changing their chipsets/sockets. I should note that the case is a Micro. I'm not hung up on micro, if another reasonable atx case is cheap then form factor doesn't matter.

Ram $30
Case $25
DVD Drive $20
GPU$72 -30MIR
PSU I already own

HDD?? prices are through the roof right now because of the floods, is it even worth it to buy one (maybe repurpose an old one until prices come down)?

December 7, 2011 3:09:18 PM

Definetely try and use a HDD that you already have or borrow a new one. Hopefully in the new year prices should fall. I'll leave the components to those with more experience...
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December 7, 2011 3:19:25 PM

How about something like this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

1x Broadway Com Corp 1244MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply (Model:1244MA-BLACK)

$34.99
1x MSI H61M-P23 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:H61M-P23 (B3))

$61.99
1x Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 (Model:BX80623I32100)

$124.99
1x G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS (Model:F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS)

$20.99
1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)

$129.99
1x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 (Model:iHAS124-04)

$21.99
Newegg.com cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items. Please contact the manufacturer(s) directly if you have issues or concerns regarding

Total: $361.99

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December 7, 2011 3:22:51 PM

odwillia said:
How about something like this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

1x Broadway Com Corp 1244MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply (Model:1244MA-BLACK)

$34.99
1x MSI H61M-P23 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:H61M-P23 (B3))

$61.99
1x Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 (Model:BX80623I32100)

$124.99
1x G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS (Model:F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS)

$20.99
1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)

$129.99
1x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 (Model:iHAS124-04)

$21.99
Newegg.com cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items. Please contact the manufacturer(s) directly if you have issues or concerns regarding

Total: $361.99


I concur, that is a good deal and a very good processor, no dedicated graphics though so you may want to get a cheap one.
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December 7, 2011 6:00:04 PM

odwillia said:
How about something like this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...


1x MSI H61M-P23 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:H61M-P23 (B3))

$61.99


Total: $361.99


All of that would seem fine, except the motherboard. Really poor reviews, seemingly bad reliability (which I recall from much older builds I've done with MSI gpu's). Price is about what he's looking for, though I think he probably has to buy part individually, due to a limited monthly budget. Still everything else seems reasonable.
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December 7, 2011 10:25:51 PM
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December 9, 2011 3:06:54 PM

That would work. Will probably have to watch newegg email for a good deal on individual parts, unless he gets money for christmas. Thanks for the help.
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December 9, 2011 3:07:12 PM

Best answer selected by heman8400.
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