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February 27, 2013 1:03:01 AM

Basically what I would like is a computer that can run the games with decent or low graphics, I don't care, as long as I can play.I'm wanting to play some Day-Z with friends in the upcoming months or you know some of that fortnite. So what I would like to do is build a pc that is pretty freaking good but mad cheap, via rebates and super sales and all that. Honestly, I'd like some $1k total value pc for $200-$300 dollars. I don't mind waiting for sales. What I need to know is how could I ever possibly be this dirt cheap and get a good pc? Where would I look? How do I get this? Thanks Guys for your help.

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2013 1:05:55 AM

This will never happen. For $500 you can play comfortably at medium settings.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2013 1:41:37 AM

See the cover page article on a $600 system and read the feedback for some possible tweaks.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2013 2:24:16 AM

Run Linux on this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.27 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.73 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $458.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 23:24 EST-0500)

If you live near NCIX in either Canada or US, they occasionally have warehouse sales with stuff for very cheap
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2013 3:30:13 AM

Black Friday for specials. If you want to buy a roadworthy gaming computer, i suggest this. You should be able to run day-z on those settings.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GhKc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GhKc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GhKc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.66 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.73 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($96.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $386.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 00:29 EST-0500)
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February 27, 2013 3:36:58 AM

Live near a Microcenter?

I just built this:

AMD FX 4100- $89

Free cheap Gigabyte Mobo with bundle savings and $5 mail in rebate.

Thermaltake V3 Case - $20 after MIR

Thermaltake TR2 600w PSU - $30 after MIR

Hard drive out of a laptop I swapped for an SSD - Free

6750 - $40 on clearance at Best Buy

4gb ram - $25

Total: $205 plus Tax

It's not 1k value but pretty solid for the price. There are good deals out there if you look. All of that was in store only.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2013 5:46:24 AM

JD88 said:
Live near a Microcenter?

I just built this:

AMD FX 4100- $89

Free cheap Gigabyte Mobo with bundle savings and $5 mail in rebate.

Thermaltake V3 Case - $20 after MIR

Thermaltake TR2 600w PSU - $30 after MIR

Hard drive out of a laptop I swapped for an SSD - Free

6750 - $40 on clearance at Best Buy

4gb ram - $25

Total: $205 plus Tax

It's not 1k value but pretty solid for the price. There are good deals out there if you look. All of that was in store only.


Good idea, but get the Builder over that thermaltake psu :)  same price too.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2013 5:57:57 AM

stickmansam said:
Run Linux on this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.27 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.73 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $458.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 23:24 EST-0500)

If you live near NCIX in either Canada or US, they occasionally have warehouse sales with stuff for very cheap


Like..A..BOSS
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March 5, 2013 11:43:53 PM



JD88 said:
Live near a Microcenter?

I just built this:

AMD FX 4100- $89

Free cheap Gigabyte Mobo with bundle savings and $5 mail in rebate.

Thermaltake V3 Case - $20 after MIR

Thermaltake TR2 600w PSU - $30 after MIR

Hard drive out of a laptop I swapped for an SSD - Free

6750 - $40 on clearance at Best Buy

4gb ram - $25

Total: $205 plus Tax

It's not 1k value but pretty solid for the price. There are good deals out there if you look. All of that was in store only.



I unfortunately don't, I'm in Connecticut. :( 
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March 6, 2013 12:02:27 AM

I'm in the process of trying to build a super cheap home server, and I've discovered that eBay and local listings (like ksl.com) are goldmines! It takes a bit of browsing over time, but so far I've purchased:
Cooler Master Centurion 5 (Full ATX): $25
AMD Phenom X3 8400 (2.1 GHz triple core): $20

Parts from old computers:
430W PSU (too lazy to look up brand and model)
CD/DVD RW drve: (same as above)

So far, I've spent less than $50 and I'm at a good start. Maybe you could try either of those options?
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