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March 28, 2012 11:37:12 AM

My little brother wants a computer. His Compaq Presario CQ57 is just way to slow. Selling that I could get about 225$ and the 75$ I already have leaves my budget at 300$. I just want it decent no ultra gaming builds. It will be used for surfing internet,games with minimal requirements (For example Mount and Blade and Combat arms), and some basic picture editing. I have a 300w power supply too and a case.

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March 28, 2012 11:41:56 AM

If you live near a microcenter there's a great deal

AMD deals for a nice processor and motherboard for 99 bucks
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March 28, 2012 11:54:02 AM

Im not really by any microcenter's. About 1hr drive minimum. So any other options?
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March 28, 2012 12:23:08 PM

Check out my thread here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/340550-31-great-budge...

For $337 you could get this build. Or if you can do a little searching you can downgrade to processor to an a6 and the ram to 1333 or 1000 mhz instead.
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March 28, 2012 1:12:02 PM

I agree the hour ride sucks, I took the ride to save 80 bucks on a 2500k. Just comes down to personal preference.

The G660 or G860 (I think) are recommended for budget gaming builds and are pretty cheap on newegg
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March 28, 2012 3:58:03 PM

Here's my stab at it...tight budget
Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G630
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Promo code:EMCNGHG72
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $303.00 includes shipping to my location...shipping charges may differ to your location. There are $45 in MIR so in reality this build is $260 +/- which would allow for a graphics card down the road when you get your rebates back. Threw in a new PSU as after rebates its only $17 and will allow for a gfx card in the future.

Or you could go AMD and sub out the Intel CPU and MB for...

Foxconn A88GMV AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
Promo:4HRSALE328D ***Ends Today 3/28**
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which would put your total at $283 with a 20$ MIR so $263
This build has better initial graphics with the onboard HD4250 and gives you roughly $40 to apply towards a dedicated graphics card down the road.

Basically they are the same price AMD build gets you better graphics to start and Intel build has better upgrade path....but at 260$ for either hard to go wrong.
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