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max res on the monitor which is a dell E173FP

1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz



Yeah just 400 dollars is just too low I think.. 500 maybe you could make something beautiful.
 
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um he only needs maybe a gtx 460 then
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Well, at that res, get the i3 and a cheaper GPU. Maybe a gts 450? And yes, used parts can make these budget builds pretty cool.
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Originally Posted by Darkpriest667 View Post

max res on the monitor which is a dell E173FP
1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz

Hmm... Very hard to cram a gaming machine into $400 budget. You can

* Intel Pentium G620 (Core i3-21xx recommended) + mATX H61 MB (H67 if the price is the same or cheaper than H61) + 4 GB RAM + Radeon HD6770 (HD6850 recommended).

OR

* AMD Phenom II X4 960T + mATX AM3 MB + 4 GB RAM + Radeon HD6770 (HD6850 recommended).

Plus a 430 W PSU and a cheap case.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkpriest667 View Post

max res on the monitor which is a dell E173FP
1280 x 1024 at 75 Hz
Yeah just 400 dollars is just too low I think.. 500 maybe you could make something beautiful.

I posted this on AMD section (next time post it in General section)

* Intel Pentium G620 (Core i3-21xx recommended) + mATX H61 MB (H67 if the price is the same or cheaper than H61) + 4 GB RAM + Radeon HD6770 (HD6850 recommended).

OR

* AMD Phenom II X4 960T + mATX AM3 MB + 4 GB RAM + Radeon HD6770 (HD6850 recommended).

Plus a 430 W PSU and a cheap case.
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$400? i dont know that sandy bridge is realistic.

go with an APU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128516

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148475

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031

you may have to hunt for a hard drive. scout the forums here. everything above comes to $347.77 shipped, or $327.77 after rebates, of which there are two for $10 each. you could get this hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

which would put you at 417.93 shipped, or 397.93 after rebates. ORRR you could find one in the marketplace here, used, for probably $60, and never go out of budget, even before rebates.
Edited by macsters - 2/1/12 at 11:38pm
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post #17 of 31
could be doable with used equipment.

i see a phenom 925 in the classifieds with mobo and 8gb ram for $175. coupled with a cheap case($30), psu($40),optical($20) hdd($50), and gpu(~$100).

i stopped by the local shop here and picked up an old antec case for $15. browse the classified any money u can save on case, psu, optical and hdd, put towards a better gpu.

as for an intel build, unless u can scavenge some parts for free, or really cheap i dont see it happening.
 
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AMD Athlon II X4 645 (3.1 GHz Quad-core) $104.99
ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 880G mATX motherboard $79.99
HIS HD 6850 1GB $139.99
4GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz $22.99
Rosewill mATX case w/ 450W power supply $49.99

Total cost: $397.95

Oh ya, forgot a hard drive. Well you can squeeze that in if you downgrade the CPU to an Athlon II X3 and motherboard slightly.
post #19 of 31

Nothing's impossible.

 

 

$426 shipped,

$406 AR

 

Or exclude the DVD drive (reuse one or get one used?) and it is $410, $390 AR

Nearby Fry's?  There's a Phenom II x2 555 I think for $50 there and you can get the M4A87TD EVO refurb for just $58 shipped at Geeks, at $108 shipped for both I say it's worth it to risk the free unlock, which the ASUS board can perform safely.  No (full) unlock?  You're not in for a huge performance hit:

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And this is with a GTX 480


Edited by xd_1771 - 2/1/12 at 11:31pm
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Originally Posted by Doomtomb View Post

AMD Athlon II X4 645 (3.1 GHz Quad-core) $104.99
ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 880G mATX motherboard $79.99
HIS HD 6850 1GB $139.99
4GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz $22.99
Rosewill mATX case w/ 450W power supply $49.99
Total cost: $397.95
Oh ya, forgot a hard drive. Well you can squeeze that in if you downgrade the CPU to an Athlon II X3 and motherboard slightly.

integrated psu=not ideal. good for saving money....in the short term. they tend to die pretty quick, which means you cant reuse them later, and they can even fry hardware in the process of their death, which just means more cost to you, on top of replacing the psu.

for ultra-budget gaming rigs, APU is the way to go, my friend. these $400 builds are what it was designed for.
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