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Sorry I haven't been posting, I started work at 5. Been reading all the posts and I'll rep needed people at when I get back home at 5am. Thanks all for your help and I'll review everything when I get back home. I didn't realize this would be such a popular thread lol.
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Off-topic - She did say yes, lol.
On-topic - I realize the case and PSU suck but as soon as I can save up more money I can upgrade. Will the PSU power a 6870 or 7770?
Thanks adamkatt
Edit - Figured out my PSU Situation, I have a freind that has a 610W PC power and cooling supply that he can give me. Linky

NO..it will barely run the cpu @ stock.. The one your friend's giving you might be ok smile.gif
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This! The barebones kit doesn't come with an os. What is the exact model of your old comp, might be able to salvage the hdd/os out of it.
My attempt to better your barebones kit:
Case/odd combo $50 shipped
ASUS P8P67-M PRO $70 shipped (will allow you to get a K processor in the future and overclock
Celeron G530 $46 - these do pretty well actually (Passmark comparison andCeleron review
Geil DDR3 - 1600 (2x2) $26 shipped
pc-power and cooling psu - free
750gb WD Caviar Green hdd $60 shipped
Total before GPU is $252 shipped thumb.gif This will at least be even in performance to the barebones and has a very good mobo for future upgrades as well as quality high speed dual channel ram.

^this isn't bad :thinking.gif:
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Wow, I read through the posts and some of you guys actually pulled it off, a system for $250, koodos. thumb.gif You know I had some other opinions but you guys kicked so mush azz there pointless. To the OP again congrats on the marriage and maybe take this one piece of advice. It was fun reading all the post buts here's the REAL TRUTH.

Just becuase you have $250 for system NOW doesn't mean you buy a system NOW. To be honest that super Combp probably wont run any faster then a $75 P4 so why bother. What you should really do is SAVE UP another $150 and make the budget $400, and maybe borrow a copy of Windows (Which I might add that I've NEVER seen so many $500 systems running Windows 64 Ultimate then when checking out members rigs).

You really need to save up just a little more. Some people might disagree but Ill bet you anything there not running a $250 rig. For that price you might as well buy a net book because thats the performance you will be getting.

Sorry one last question but where do you live. If it's in Vancouver I have a Asus M4A785-M Mobo, 8Gb of DDR 2 ram and a 955BE (But the pins are bent so you might not be ablt to get the CPU to work) but teh MOBO and Ram are good and you can have it for free. Send me a PM if you want it
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Wow, I read through the posts and some of you guys actually pulled it off, a system for $250, koodos. thumb.gif You know I had some other opinions but you guys kicked so mush azz there pointless. To the OP again congrats on the marriage and maybe take this one piece of advice. It was fun reading all the post buts here's the REAL TRUTH.

Just becuase you have $250 for system NOW doesn't mean you buy a system NOW. To be honest that super Combp probably wont run any faster then a $75 P4 so why bother. What you should really do is SAVE UP another $150 and make the budget $400, and maybe borrow a copy of Windows (Which I might add that I've NEVER seen so many $500 systems running Windows 64 Ultimate then when checking out members rigs).

You really need to save up just a little more. Some people might disagree but Ill bet you anything there not running a $250 rig. For that price you might as well buy a net book because thats the performance you will be getting.

Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree with you. wink.gif I pretty well certain that all of the builds mentioned, even including the original super combo, would give you better performance than a P4 or a netbook.

I'm particularly fond of the Intel build, as I feel like it has a good upgrade path to a 2500K, and the G630 is certainly no slouch in games. I feel like the only things that are being cut-back on in all of the suggested builds are the hard drive and the case, really. And if they get the job done, then there isn't much of anything to complain about there either.

But I can't disagree with you either when it comes to saving up cash. A little bit more money would go a long way, but then again you can get stuck in the never-ending cycle of waiting just a little bit longer to save up for a better this or that, or for the next CPU or GPU series. In the end, I think its best to buy the best you can afford now that will give you good performance now and an upgrade path in the future. smile.gif

And definitely props to you guys coming up with ~$250 builds, its better than what I could have done. thumb.gif

(And also congratulations to the OP on the marriage, I don't think I've mentioned that yet. redface.gif)
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All righty then, thanks everybody for their input.

I PMed this guy for this combo .

My newegg list here:
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Then there is a couple of 500Gb for 50 bucks in the marketplace

Whatchya think?

Edit - I'm from Iowa btw, great state of corn and soybeans, lol.
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Good deal on the cpu, but do note that that mobo has a 95w limit, so no phenoms (other than 960T or 1035T) in your future, also very little oc headroom.

As far as your list, here are some changes I would recommend:

No need for win7 pro, get this instead: Win7 home 64 bit for $99
Also, the 7770 is not as powerful as a 6870, so here: Saphire 6870 for $169 ($159 after rebate)
One last thing, with the money saved from the os, spend just a couple $$ more for better memory: Crucal DDR3 - 1600 cas8 for $25 shipped. The crucial you have in your wishlist is 1333 cas 11. For $3 more, you get significantly better ram.

Other than that, looking good.
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Good deal on the cpu, but do note that that mobo has a 95w limit, so no phenoms (other than 960T or 1035T) in your future, also very little oc headroom.
As far as your list, here are some changes I would recommend:
No need for win7 pro, get this instead: Win7 home 64 bit for $99
Also, the 7770 is not as powerful as a 6870, so here: Saphire 6870 for $169 ($159 after rebate)
One last thing, with the money saved from the os, spend just a couple $$ more for better memory: Crucal DDR3 - 1600 cas8 for $25 shipped. The crucial you have in your wishlist is 1333 cas 11. For $3 more, you get significantly better ram.
Other than that, looking good.

All right, I'll make those changes except I'm gonna still with the 7770 for xfire later and the lower power consumption. I realize the mobo can only take a 95w proc but it will do for now.
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You might want to look into getting 8GB of RAM, as certain games have been giving me problems with crashing when they run out of memory (Star Wars - The Old Republic and Battlefield 3 mostly). But 4GB is certainly doable.

This 2x4GB kit has a mail-in rebate that knocks it down to $28, although it isn't as nice as the ones Badwrench recommended.

EDIT: I just noticed you said you were from Iowa, almost all of my mom's side of the family lives there, mostly around Iowa City. That state certainly is the land of corn and soybeans. wink.gif
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All right, I'll make those changes except I'm gonna still with the 7770 for xfire later and the lower power consumption. I realize the mobo can only take a 95w proc but it will do for now.

I hear you there. You will need to upgrade your mobo if you want to xfire as that one only has a single pci-e. The biostar 870 I linked earlier is xfire ready and 125w processor ready (even has vrm cooling thumb.gif) all for only $15 more.
Edited by Badwrench - 2/21/12 at 3:16pm
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Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree with you. wink.gif I pretty well certain that all of the builds mentioned, even including the original super combo, would give you better performance than a P4 or a netbook.
I'm particularly fond of the Intel build, as I feel like it has a good upgrade path to a 2500K, and the G630 is certainly no slouch in games. I feel like the only things that are being cut-back on in all of the suggested builds are the hard drive and the case, really. And if they get the job done, then there isn't much of anything to complain about there either.
But I can't disagree with you either when it comes to saving up cash. A little bit more money would go a long way, but then again you can get stuck in the never-ending cycle of waiting just a little bit longer to save up for a better this or that, or for the next CPU or GPU series. In the end, I think its best to buy the best you can afford now that will give you good performance now and an upgrade path in the future. smile.gif
And definitely props to you guys coming up with ~$250 builds, its better than what I could have done. thumb.gif
(And also congratulations to the OP on the marriage, I don't think I've mentioned that yet. redface.gif)

Coming from a guy that has a $400 GPU. Come on man you wouldn't use them so why not be HONEST and tell other pepole the same. Yes the members worked hard and came up with builds on the cheap IM not taking away from that. But you would you use parts called SPEEDY RAM or G.Skill Ripjaw. Like I said, I saw everything and tried to do it myself and had to stop and give in to reason. Im not saying wait and wait and your can always save more. I was saying $400 Min. for a NEW PC one plans on using. You can build an AMD APU system with that, which could at least game and do other things. All a $250 system would be able to do is surf the net and probably not that well. One would be better off buying a duel core Netbook and use an external monitor then a $250 rig. The OP is for whatever reason determined to buy a PC for $250 I can't stop that but I will never say its a good idea. Good things come with patience, $75 a pay check would give one a $150 in 30 days and a $400 budget. And if that cant be done then maybe its not the right time to buy,.

Its funny becuase there was a thread 2 weeks ago with a guy saying he only had $250 most of the thread told hime to wait (Some of those people are here saying buy ???) people shouldnt always follow the crowd
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