im looking to buy a very cheap pc that can run arma 2 with low-med graphics and fairly good frames. it needs a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. im a noob at this so i have no clue what to look for. i would prefer to buy amd but whatever works will have to do. it will only be used for gaming and internet. if you need more info just ask.
Pentium G630 or Phenom II 965? LOL... you've got to be kidding me, you can keep that Pentium.
Don't get me wrong, the G630 is a decent CPU for what it is, but I'd be more an advocate of saving more money to get a proper "gaming system". MMOs typically like to update things frequently, you never know when your "on the edge" of adequate budget system might be obsoleted with a single content update. Or am I confusing Arma II with another game? lol
The G630 would be on par with the Phenom in most games for like half the price. yeah it can't be overclocked and won't be as good for other stuff but it is fantastic value.
Its a fantastic value, but meh. Like I'm more a fan of saving more money for something better rather than settling on something lesser. Its not that I'm trying to beat up on Intel here, I would be more a fan of going with Screwy's build. Save more money to get something more appropriate. If you have to wait another month to do the build, you're better off in the long run.
Maybe go for that i5 build but use the GPU, PSU and HDD I suggested if you want to squeeze a monitor in there. Personally I'd use the case I suggested as well for only $5 more but that's more personal preference.