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Super cheap light gaming build; <300$

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April 4, 2012 9:35:39 PM

hello, i may be building a new computer at some point soon, and with an extremely low budget. I have a hard drive, with windows xp on it, and an old case i have been modding, and so that is about 200$ saved off the budget. so, there is about 300 give or take for essential parts, this rig will be used for very light gaming at first, minecraft and things like that, until a video card can be added later. so all that is needed is CPU, MOBO, RAM, PSU, and the rest comes later. i already have a build that i specificly meant FOR UPGRADING IN THE NEAR FUTURE. this is what i have so far.

asrock mobo ATX 1155- 75$

Intel g530- 55$

corsair cx 430- 50$

gskill 4gb (2x2gb) ram- 25$

dvd writer- 22$

adapter- 15$

total- 230$

the adapter is so i can use the old IDE drive, and apparently i also dont have any spare sata dvd drives.. but if anyone has any ideas on a way to make it cheaper but still reliable and able to game at fairly good settings WHEN i buy a video card, they are very welcome. i dont have all the money right now as i just spent most of it on drivers ED, but it shouldnt take too long to save it up again.
thanks in advance, MG.
April 5, 2012 12:08:06 AM

lol, not even worth buying this build, just save moneys untill u have enough to buy everything new, it would only cost an extra $100 for new case and hdd plus, if it is for gaming you will need a gpu..
trying something like this
case ~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 w/psu
mb ~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $62.99
cpU ~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
RAM ~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99
HDD ~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99
gpu ~ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
and that is a build worth it total is ~ $277.95
this way u get new stuff, of course there is other charges in this price that will probs bring it to around $300 but i am not sure, cause i dont live in america
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April 5, 2012 1:03:45 AM
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April 5, 2012 11:11:46 AM

you should be able to build a i3 2100 build at 300-380 $ usd

i'll look around newegg or tigerdirect and see if i can find something that can go exactly 300 bucks or at least below 320 bucks should be good

or wait since your using IDE then it's best go pentium g630 or something
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April 5, 2012 3:41:41 PM

msi matx1155 board
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313060...
for 58 free shipping

i3-2120
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507...
for 113 after promo code of, free shipping

ram 2x4gb 1333cl9
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023142...
for 38, free shipping

use current psu for now and buy new with a graphics card
use extra ram as cache, using some tools like 'fancy cache' its beta version 0.7.2 is available for 180 day trial.

equals 209
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April 5, 2012 4:01:47 PM

At the price of ram go for 2 x 4gb. also id take a more powerfull psu so you can upgrade to a bether gpu later on but that just me. and mincraft is kinda intensive for a low resolution bcuz of the lenght of tje world.
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April 6, 2012 1:09:38 AM

interesting to see some other peoples takes on this, and case is not needed, i already spent the time modding the case why not use it and save 40-60 bucks. and the thing is im not keeping the hard drive to save on har ddrive im keeping it to save on operating system. and also the the gpu would come later, and the 430W should be abel to handle the celeron and a 6850. and i wouldnt use a psu the comes in a case unless its an actual good brand name psu and it is just a combo deal type thing instead of soem cheap knockoff. and siege i get what you are sayng, but you dont factor in a bunch of stuff and also from what i have heard the celerons have fairly similar performance to pentiums but they are dirt cheap and i could upgrade later, as well as the video card. looniam that isnt the right tye of adpter sadly, i was going to use one that you plug into the back of a ide hard drive and then plug sata cables into, and so i can still have the hard drive inside the case. interesting builds though
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April 6, 2012 2:12:03 AM

mildgamer001 said:
looniam that isnt the right tye of adpter sadly, i was going to use one that you plug into the back of a ide hard drive and then plug sata cables into, and so i can still have the hard drive inside the case. interesting builds though


if you look at that adapter, you can plug in an IDE inside your case plus it gives you two Esata and a pair of sata in a raid.

it may be more than you need now but can give you more options later for the same $.
but its all good :) 
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April 6, 2012 7:30:21 PM

ahh i see, never thought of that, kinda wanted fewer giant fat, air movement-hindering ide cables everywhere though, its deffinitly an ption though.
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