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Want to build a cheap gaming PC

By saioke
Jun 26, 2008
  1. catch is.. im on a budget. could anyone help me in building a cheap gaming PC? i already have a graphics card and 1 sata hard drive and 1 IDE hard drive. id like it to be 300 bucks or less or is it possible?

    my PC finally fried or something and i guess building a new PC would be the cheapest.
     
  2. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

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  3. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    you're right...

    i never tried AMD before so whats the difference? also, could you provide links to all the hardware ill need?

    i got a geforce 7600GT 256mb PCI-E DDR3 card. its not much but it does work for me. im not sure how much power it takes but i think its in between 300w-350w.

    i could use my old dell case but i dont think they will be enough room for anything anyway.
     
  4. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

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  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I recommend these parts:

    Grand Total = $248.96, which leaves enough for any suitable case of your choice plus shipping on the motherboard and CPU combo. If it's stretching your budget a bit, get this PSU instead of the one I've recommended above. The Earthwatts is a steal at that price, since it's able to power an 8800GTX-equipped system quite easily. So it's an excellent choice since you don't need to worry when you upgrade the rest of your system. But if money's a problem the Basiq 350W is as good and will be more than adequate for your system, although it won't power anything more than an 8800GTS or an HD 3850.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)
     
  6. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    thank you very much for helping me.
     
  7. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

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  8. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    ah okay.

    wont i need some thermal paste or something for the processor?

    also, im wondering if i could use my old dell case. its a dell e510 and i could post pics if you want. i may have to replace the power supply in the case too since its only 305 watt.
     
  9. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

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  10. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    thanks..

    i think ill go with the CPU/motherboard combo. i mean i already have a 1gb DDR2 pc2 4200 ram module i could probably use also but i will buy some ram as well.

    i dont think black AMD comes with a heatsink or fan either which is why rage recommended that fan/heatsink CPU cooler.
     
  11. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Posts: 105

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  12. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Posts: 105

    get this ram instead
    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/OCZ-...sem/rpsm/oid/204246/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
    only $25 after rebate(friggan cheap)

    im about to buy parts for a gaming computer

    3.0ghz dual core amd athlon(ima OC it to 3.2:p)
    8800gt 512 mb evga graphics card(later on ima buy another to SLI it)
    that ram i told u about
    antec 500w psu
    ASUS M2N-SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

    i think its a nice way to spend $600 especially with a green led case to showcase it

    sorry for the double post btw the page refreshed on nits own while editing and it looked like it deleted my post(i refreshed it several times and it still wasent there) so i made another one
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    The AMD CPU does come with an HSF since it's a retail box, but the cooler was recommended in case you want to OC, since the chip can easily hit 3GHz and still stay very cool and not heat things up in your case.
     
  14. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    okay thanks..

    im looking for a power supply now. what do you guys think about this one? its cheap and everyone says its good.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119227

    edit: oops.. that website is UK only :( could anyone recommend a PSU?
     
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Go for an OCZ StealthXStream 500W PSU, and you'll be fine.
     
  16. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Posts: 256

    LMAO you dont have to be that cheap for god sake

    like at least 500 man

    now a days if you want to support new games you gotta have nice video cards and crap

    if you want a gaming computer, don't be so cheap, cause it won't happen with just 300 bucks
     
  17. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16


    like i said, I ALREADY HAVE most necessary computer parts. i could just buy a MOBO, power supply, CPU and thats all. i already have 1.5gb pc2-5300 ddr2 ram, a case, hard drives, graphic card, esc.

    im not one of those people who wont play a game if i get 30 frames or less. so i don't want no 299 buck processor when i can get about the same performance with a AMD processor that costs 70% less. and i may have a geforce 7600GT but it still handled most games pretty well except for crysis and im not going to buy another video card just to play one single game.
     
  18. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

    nosebleedXD, some of us really do have to be that cheap, because we don't have enough time/money ratio. We get very little a month, and so much goes to bills and payments, I haven't got ANY money, and haven't been able to save any.

    To saioke, it isn't one single game you'll be missing out on, though. Any game newer than crysis will be unplayable. FYI, when you do get an upgrade, make sure its worth it!
     
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Finding ways to stick to a budget is more important than having "nice video cards and crap". Also, read the OP's first post carefully before shooting your mouth off. He has clearly stated what parts he already has and what he needs.
     
  20. saioke

    saioke TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    thanks guys..

    nosebleedXD, some of us really do have to be that cheap, because we don't have enough time/money ratio. We get very little a month, and so much goes to bills and payments, I haven't got ANY money, and haven't been able to save any.

    To saioke, it isn't one single game you'll be missing out on, though. Any game newer than crysis will be unplayable. FYI, when you do get an upgrade, make sure its worth it!

    exactly. i dont get paid very well either and when i do its every 2 weeks.

    true but i usually wait until prices go down on graphic cards before i buy one. i bought this 7600GT for 40 bucks about a month ago but i really needed it too because i was using a geforce fx 5200 PCI card which was worse than on-board graphic chipsets.
     
  21. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

    Ouch, but unless the onboad was good, it shouldn't have been worse, mine performs 4x better.....
     
  22. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Posts: 256

    haha yeah i know but still, just saying, if you really want a gaming pc, 7600gt won't do for newer games these days
     
  23. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    That's a very relative comment. The 8600GT is not very far from the 7600GT performance-wise, except for a few games. This means that both will perform about the same in most games, with the 8600GT scoring on average about 10% better. Not a big reason to get it over the 7600GT, unless you need the newer card's excellent onboard HD-decode capability.
    The 8600GT is also among the most popular cards out there, being available for cheap and performing pretty well.
     
  24. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Posts: 256

    yeah.. i guess so, but i think both suck

    if you don't care money wise, i would get the 8800gt
     
  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Then you're simply using this thread as an excuse to increase your post count and are not bothered about helping the OP in any way.
     
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