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my little brother who is 12 is having a birthday soon and my parents got him (mostly the family tho) an xbox since we dont own any of the new systems

and my brother and me are going to build him a computer that will play diablo 3 and plays sc2

now the thing is we dont have a ton of cash and the parts we have and need are as follows...


case
ddr2 ram 4g
7200 rmp caviar green hdd 500gb
300w psu

we need obviously a mobo that supports ddr2
a cpu (amd pref phenom 2 940 and up)
a gpu
we dont have an OS but we can work on it


now i realize that a 300w psu wont support much atm and we can prob upg later on but

with a budget of 250 is it possible to get a good mobo/cpu to play a game like diablo AND a gpu/psu that supports the gpu which will run these games


im not super comp savy i recognize certain aspects that make a good board but buying a low budget board just frightens me that i will miss something im unaware makes a mobo good

i dont care about future updates or anything of that nature just run one decent gpu and cpu ddr2
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post #2 of 8
4770 + Phenom II X2 (he doesn't need 4 cores, and you can unlock them anyway) + cheap mobo

You should be fine.
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
how will the 4770 run diablo when it comes out?

if i get a cheapo mobo and a phenom 2 duel core then i have 120 left over for a gpu

thats enough for a 460 even which is a pretty solid mid range card
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ACtually I am playing on an unlocked Sempron 145 running @ 3.6GHz right now with 2GB ram and a $50 biostar motherboard. It runs great. I put in a 6870, but handles all the games I could play on my X6 build.
   
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i am not comp savy so i wouldnt know how to unlock cores
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post #6 of 8
Then look up how to do it and try or cough up more money for what you want.

Seriously, tired of ****en lazy people that cry about things when there is plenty of info on the web.
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Originally Posted by StockDC2 View Post
Then look up how to do it and try or cough up more money for what you want.

Seriously, tired of ****en lazy people that cry about things when there is plenty of info on the web.
No wonder you have 43 posts and 1 rep. Get off of OCN with that elitist attitude. You were new to this hobby at one point too. What you could have done instead of being a giant a-hole is direct him to a useful link. A quick search came up with this thread, but I'm not familiar with AMD at all, so I don't know how good of a guide this is. The comments suggest that it's a good guide.

Also, with that budget, you will certainly have to go with a purely AMD build, but you should be able to put it all together within budget. It won't be high settings or anything like that, but it'll work. I'll scour Newegg for some combo deals for you.
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post #8 of 8
this combo combined with this board will give you pretty decent performance and allow you the option to unlock should you embark on that. You could save $10 by going with a board that doesn't unlock. If you don't plan on OCing, you could also save around $20 and get an athlon II instead of phenom. You could then put a little more money into a gpu, but it won't be a huge difference.
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