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All of the builds that I come up with end up being FM1's that price at a total of around $405 shipped. Is there anyway I can get a good gaming rig that could play most games at max at low resolutions? I don't really need to overclock, or buy a heatsink. I could just keep the stock one. I need an efficent PSU and at least 2 GB Ram, 4 GB is optimal. If $200 is too low, my max is $300, but a build at $200-$250 would be great. Thanks in advance guys.
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Originally Posted by Psychedelic View Post
All of the builds that I come up with end up being FM1's that price at a total of around $405 shipped. Is there anyway I can get a good gaming rig that could play most games at max at low resolutions? I don't really need to overclock, or buy a heatsink. I could just keep the stock one. I need an efficent PSU and at least 2 GB Ram, 4 GB is optimal. If $200 is too low, my max is $300, but a build at $200-$250 would be great. Thanks in advance guys.
An e350 with a discrete graphics card...?
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How far are you from the Microcenter in Michigan? If you can make it there, they have good deals on CPU+mobo combos that hopefully can help you out.
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Laptop with 4GB of memory and an E-350 is still $300+
Im going to go out on a limb and say it cant be done unless you already have most of the parts. Even with sales.

Keep saving. Building with anything less than about $400 is pretty much a waste.
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Noticed your flexible budget so here is another option I have put together....
Phenom II x4 840 + Gigabyte 760G AM3+ motherboard - $98
2x2GB Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3-1600 - $33 shipped
refurb 400GB HDD - $35 [Microcenter]
Sapphire 5670 - $57 after rebate (no wait rebate)
Coolermaster Elite 310 + 460W PSU - $50 + $10 shipping
Newegg newcustomer10 code - $10 off
Total cost before rebates: $286 shipped
Total cost after 9 days: $268 shipped

And this one is at below $200:
Phenom II x4 840 + MSI 880G motherboard (not for unlocking cores) - $108 (OC the 880G IGP to some 800-900Mhz and you have yourself a nice setup for low end gaming) [Microcenter]
2x2GB Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3-1600 - $33 shipped
refurb 250GB HDD - $29 [Microcenter]
Logisys case & PSU - $30 + $8 shipping [Newegg] (needs to be a case + PSU on Newegg in order t
Newegg newcustomer10 code - $10 off

Total cost: $197 shipped
Best I could do within $200

Or you could do it my way and turn to Craigslist when you're in need of something super cheap (I once got a Q6600 + mobo + 4GB DDR2 + case + GTX 460 768MB for $160.... nothing's impossible )
Edited by xd_1771 - 7/26/11 at 12:49am
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for $35 you can get a 400g drive from microcenter


Western Digital Caviar Blue 400GB 7,200 RPM 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD4000AAJS - Recertified
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0356929


also look at their ob selection
i got this drive for $36 at the mn store
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD3200AAKX - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0352162
works just fine, no errors and power on time was only 1hr
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Hmm Diablotek PSU? I know he's on a budget but there are decent PSUs at pretty bargain prices. Last I saw on newegg they had the Corsair CX430 for like $19.99 after MIR.
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Yeah I just adjusted that PSU suggestion to another CM PSU I can trust
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