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February 16, 2013 2:53:44 AM

So, Me and my two friends are looking at buying (mainly me) a super cheap/super portable budget gaming system.... The system is to let our one friend use it as a computer to get him by until he gets his computer built in a couple months, then it will become a small server computer/ my travel LAN computer/ guest computer for the girls that come to the LANs.... It doesn't have to be crazy good for graphics and gaming, just enough to play things like BF2 and maybe minecraft on high settings... I've put together two cheap systems that should be nice and portable.. which one is better and a better bang for the buck??? any comments or ideas would be nice :) 


Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

$32.99 $32.99
1 MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

$69.99 -$22.00 Instant $47.99
1 EVGA 01G-P3-2632-KR GeForce GT 630 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

$69.99 $69.99
1 LOGISYS Computer PS480D2 480W ATX12V Power Supply

$29.99 -$10.00 Instant $19.99
1 Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310

$179.99 $179.99
1 CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G

$13.99 $13.99
1 Maxtor MaXLine III 7L250S0 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$75.99 -$40.00 Instant $35.99
1 LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95

$17.99 -$4.00 Instant $13.99
1 ARCTIC Alpine 11 Plus CPU Cooler for Intel


$16.99 -$7.00 Instant $9.99
Subtotal: $424.91



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Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (100326UL)
$89.99 -$5.00 Instant $84.99

1 APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

$32.99 $32.99
1 MSI 760GM-P34(FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

$69.99 -$11.00 Instant $58.99
1 LOGISYS Computer PS480D2 480W ATX12V Power Supply

$29.99 -$10.00 Instant $19.99
1 AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX

$124.99 $124.99
2 CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G

$13.99 $27.98
1 Maxtor MaXLine III 7L250S0 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$75.99 -$40.00 Instant $35.99
1 LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95

$17.99 -$4.00 Instant $13.99
1 Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina 1.75g Premium Ceramic, Polysynthetic thermal compound AA-1.75G

$6.99 -$3.00 Instant $3.99
1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

$34.99 -$5.00 Instant $29.99
Subtotal: $433.89




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February 16, 2013 3:06:15 AM

First option, but methinks your paying was to much for a single stick of ram.
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February 16, 2013 3:47:22 AM

Neither of these computers will game past lowest possible settings.

Get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.55 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.23 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $430.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 00:51 EST-0500)
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February 16, 2013 3:51:26 AM

that sounds pretty good.. it is put as 4gb of RAM, just hard to see that it says 2 of them.... do you think the g860 would be solid enough?
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February 16, 2013 3:53:05 AM

Wait how are you getting those cpu's for $20?
Nvm read it wrong

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Tiny voices build is solid. A g860 would also work for the most part, but the old phenom is still a good bang for the buck.
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February 16, 2013 3:53:57 AM

the prices are the ones below them not on top
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February 16, 2013 3:56:38 AM

its for two sticks... the copy and paste didnt work :p 
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February 16, 2013 4:18:37 AM

Best answer selected by Penguin356.
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