Budget Range: 400-450$ However I hope to get lower by buying used components, preferably 300-350$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, however I am open to anything
Country: I live in the US
Parts Preferences: No Preference
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Not sure, best bang for my buck
Additional Comments: I will want to use low detail settings definitely. I really will mostly be using it to play Starcraft 2, I am not interested in playing any other game on the PC. Noise does not matter to me. I have never built a PC before but I am up for the challenge. Since I am in college my tools available are not large. I would also be very interested in prebuilt ideas. Thanks a lot for all the help.
The reason I have nothing to use is that my current compute is still in use back home so I cannot take parts from that. However, I did somewhat recently upgrade the memory and video card on that. Therefore, I could take the new card from that system and replace it with the old card. I don't know if the memory would be applicable. My computer at home is a Dell Dimension 8400.
The memory upgrade was from 1 gb to 2 gb. As for the video card, I would have to call home and find out what type of card I installed, I forget.
Yaah, since building a computer for such a low cost is not possible, I am considering buying a used Dell Dimension 8400, which is my home computer at the moment. There is one on ebay with these specs,
ntel Pentium 4 3.2ghz HT
2g Memory DDR2
80g SATA Hard Drive
Windows XP OEM freshly install. (No retore disc)
I hope that I can pick this up for around 120 dollars including shipping of 30 dollars.
My question is will most keyboards and monitors work with this? Any suggestions on those components with a budget of 150$ for a monitor and keyboard? I may just have to get those items used too.
I also now from experience it play Starcraft 2 very well.
Is this the best use of my money for the best performance though?
Thanks for the info aRodr1guez.
I also see two other options for me.
2.Core 2 Quad Gaming Desktop
Recently built and tested – Linux Open Suse installed & patched
Well the thing about that one is that is 489 dollars when shipping is included.
The DELL GX620 PENTIUM D DESKTOP 3.20GHz 4.00GB RAM 160GB DVD/RW XP-PRO
is 140 dollars including shipping. If I can make the GX620 work for half the price then that would be awesome.
I just need to know if I can get one of my two graphics cards at home working on the GX620.
I'm just having trouble finding people who have gotten games to work on it.
I really have no trouble with buying a new computer later on. I won't need to buy a new one after this one until Starcraft 3 comes out. So I am not really going for longevity.