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If there's a single build over $300 (including shipping), I'll ignore it. His budget is super thin and I figured this was the easiest way to bring him up to date in a way.

He's still gaming on an old Pentium 4 of sorts and finds some way to play Starcraft 2 and Minecraft on it. He also plays console games mostly too so those two games are the only real ones he likes to play, but there's no sense in going for only a dual core these days.

He says they don't play well (Admitting to it actually!) and went on a rant about how he didn't have a thousand dollars to spend on a gaming computer.

I suggested the $300 APU and he was hooked.

Here's your time to shine AMD, show me what you got!

Case, mobo, CPU, and RAM are needed. He says he'll just save his data and reformat his HDD and reuse his CD Drive. I'd like him to have a new PSU too, so if you could find a case with a simple 250-300w PSU that comes with it, that would help out greatly.
     
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What if it was $300.01?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tony Romo View Post
What if it was $300.01?
If you're going to troll, go away.
     
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It's called a joke dude. Chill.
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post #5 of 43
If he's using IDE drives right now, he'll need to replace those as well.

I just put one together yesterday with the APU dual core. Honestly, $300 won't cut it at all if he has no parts that can be re used. Maybe if he went with one of those horrible super combo's.

I dunno, maybe XD might come in here and chime in, he's better at super tight budgets than I am.
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post #6 of 43
Really $300 isn't going to cut it unless he wants crappy used parts. Now $450 is much more workable. Please tell me he has a keyboard/mouse/OS.
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I usually buy psu's and cases separately. Getting a decent psu will allow for upgrades such as a gpu down the road
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If his HDD and CD drive are SCSI, he's SOL. It's all SATA now.
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He may can do it with a lanno build. I built a system for a friend for $300 but there was no gpu. A llano build might be doable.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tony Romo View Post
He may can do it with a lanno build. I built a system for a friend for $300 but there was no gpu. A llano build might be doable.
Ewww, in that case why not just buy a netbook?

$300 is doable, but it might not even be an APU. A lower end AM3 setup with a low end mATX board would be fully doable though.
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