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Budget computer $315. what would you buy?

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September 3, 2012 3:42:58 AM

budget computer $315. what would you buy?
so if you have $315 and you had to make the best computer you could.
which can multitasking, game, watch videos. ect. what would you buy?

like the case, cpu, graphic card, motherbored ect.
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 3:55:39 AM

On a $315 budget from scratch, there is practically no room for a GPU.
- half-decent case, $50
- decent PSU, $50
- HDD, $75
- half-decent motherboard, $75
- half-decent CPU, $75

$325 already, still need a DVD drive, RAM, GPU, extra fans (optional), aftermarket HSF (optional) and probably a few other random bits if you had other customizations in mind.

You are looking at closer to $450 for something that can be called a gaming PC.
a c 204 U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 4:23:04 AM

look at micro center for there cpu and mb combos. looking at a g600 to a g2120. they run about 40-100 for the new ib 2120.
the msi g45 micro atx running around 100. there are cheaper mb but if you go to cheap then when you have the funds to replace a cpu or run sli or crossfire you cant if you go to cheap. if your old pc has sata dvd and hard drive you could reuse them.
myself i would sit on your funds till you had some more. there a point with pc gaming that if you go to low in funds your not going to get a good gaming rig. min video card would be a 560ti or the newer 660.
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September 3, 2012 4:55:27 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

add a hard drive, dvd drive and thats about as cheap as your going to get for something thats useable for more than just ms word.

you didn't specify wether you can rob parts off your current system or if your doing 100% from nothing.

if you have comptuer that you can rob parts off of, you can get by with a decent MB/CPU/Ram for $315.

just to give you an idea how much $315 gets you in total, http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...
... not very far without knowing what you have to start with.
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 5:19:35 AM

Hi i made you a build.Its pretty much the best of the best when it comes to cheap gaming computers.Im sure you'll be impressed by it's performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB Video Card ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $315.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 01:18 EDT-0400)

It is FAR better than any of the build above when it comes to gaming performance.
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 7:03:43 AM

i would by a second hand pc... with slightly better spec than above. it would likely have an amd quad and a 98gt gfx or maybe a 250 or 260 but all together it would perfom pretty similarly to the above...
September 3, 2012 11:09:36 AM

if it helps, i already have a case, dvd drive, and a hard drive.
i was thinking of this model, because it has a quad cores and its pretty cheap.
motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 - £34
cpu: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Radeon 6550 - £68
psu: LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI/ Crossfire Ready 80 Plus Bronze Certified with single 12v Rail - £40
HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST250DM000 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb£40
4 gb ram
total £198/ $313
September 3, 2012 11:11:20 AM

Kamen_BG said:
Hi i made you a build.Its pretty much the best of the best when it comes to cheap gaming computers.Im sure you'll be impressed by it's performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB Video Card ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $315.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 01:18 EDT-0400)

It is FAR better than any of the build above when it comes to gaming performance.


okay thanks, but should i get this cpu, becauses it quad cores and 3.0ghz
cpu: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Radeon 6550 - £68
a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 11:20:07 AM

adamyjake said:
okay thanks, but should i get this cpu, becauses it quad cores and 3.0ghz
cpu: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Radeon 6550 - £68

The A8's IGP is almost on par with the HD6550 so there is little point in buying such a low-end GPU unless you need more than three displays or want to do hybrid crossfire.
September 3, 2012 11:33:33 AM

i will be needing 1 to 2 monitors. hdmi
September 3, 2012 1:05:31 PM

Go with the APU, and if you need more GPU horsepower you can buy later an AMD 8000 series when they arrive, the integrated GPU will shutdown by itself and making the a8-3870K run at ~65 watt, thus making it really quiet and efficient for pure quad core, which will run anything you throw at it quite fine, just make sure the app is quad core friendly.

a c 272 U Graphics card
September 3, 2012 5:34:22 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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