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So I'm poor, but I need a functional gaming computer. I previously had a laptop that was for school/gaming (got destroyed on a train), but gaming laptops are obviously pretty fail.

I mostly play HoN, and will probably play Dota 2. I've dabbled in some SC2 as well, but I'm not as excited about it as I am about the MOBA type games. None of the above has the extreme requirements of FPS type games.

I'd like to be in the $300-$500 range, but the cheaper the better. I've built computers before, but not in almost a decade, so I'm pretty clueless about hardware these days.


I'm using this build (http://www.gamersnexus.net/pc-builds/46-pcbuildupg/566-budget-gaming-pc-july-11) as a starting point, but I'm sure that you guys can do better.

I have a lot of music on an external hard drive that is NTFS formatted. I'm considering Linux instead of windows, primarily to save money. However, I still have the system restore disks from my defunct laptop. Can I use those to install windows on a new computer?

Thanks!
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go for a 955 BE and a gigabyte 880GMA with 4 GB cosair RAM a GTS 450 is a pretty decent card after that it depends on u buddy the psu i suggest u a corsair builder series 460w
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gigabyte motherboard worth $40 more than a biostar one?
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Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX $119.99

PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-SB 450W ATX V2.2 Power Supply $4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 $94.99

GPU: MSI R6670-MD1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $99.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model $29.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WDBAAY5000ENC-NRSN 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $49.99

ODD: LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM $18.99

Total: $488.92 + Shipping

All these prices are at newegg.com
Hope this helps
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Thanks for the replies--I'm glad that the answers I'm finding are all fairly similar (right?)
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$300-500 should get you a fairly high end AM3+ build with overclockability.

My suggestion at $500:
AMD Phenom II x4 925 + Thermaltake Contac 30 - $114 shipped [Newegg]
ASUS M5A97 - $105 shipped [Superbiiz]
OCZ Flex 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL8 - $20 + $5 shipping [Directron]
Samsung F3 1TB HDD - $58 shipped [Superbiiz]
NZXT Source 210 [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-Source-210-Computer-Black/dp/B005869A7K/"]BLACK[/ame] or [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869A16/"]WHITE[/ame] - $40 shipped [Amazon]
Antec EA500D 500W PSU - $50 shipped after code EMCKBJB23 [Newegg]
Palit GTX 460 SE - $140, $110 AR (with no wait rebate - returns in 9 days for $2 deducted from check)
Coupons:
NEWCUSTOMER10 [Newegg] - $10 off
DEALMONGO [Superbiiz] - $15 off

Total initial cost: $507 shipped
Total cost after 9 days: $479 shipped

Cost-saving options:
-$10 - Antec Earthwatts EA380D PSU (it will still handle that single card configuration, albeit with not much headroom)
-$18.70 - Biostar TA870U3+ - capable board but no AM3+ support
OR -$38.70, -$48.70 after no-wait rebate - Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2P - lower end 760G chipset and not as overclocking friendly, but it is a great cheap AM3+ choice
-$19 - Phenom II x4 + smaller heatsink (if you are not going to OC (much) this is fine)
OR -$34 - Phenom II x3 + smaller heatsink (some games don't need 4 cores)
OR -$54 - Athlon II x2 260 (a dual core isn't bad for gaming depending on the game involved)
-$20, -$10 AR - Sapphire Radeon HD 6770
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/18/11 at 10:24pm
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For gaming, i3-2100 + LGA1155 would be cheaper, faster, consume less power and produce less heat than any AMD system.
    
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Minitron, can you post up an example of a system using those components?
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Wait for Bulldozer. Those Phenom prices are gonna drop like a lead balloon.
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Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
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Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
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Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
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Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
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Minitron, can you post up an example of a system using those components?
Just swap out the CPU/Motherboard of one of the recommended builds and pick the i3-2100 and H67/whatever motherboard.
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Originally Posted by coachmark2;14637211 
Wait for Bulldozer. Those Phenom prices are gonna drop like a lead balloon.
This might be a good suggestion considering it's almost September.
    
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