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$250~$300 for CPU/Motherboard/PSU, Advice? (Light gaming)

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Hello forum, my friend here is needing a CPU, motherboard, and PSU. His old PC burned out and he got to save his HDD, RAM and video card. I tried my best to help him but I myself am not very good at these things.. and I'm wondering if you guys can make the budget while having good performance for light/medium gaming.
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Budget for CPU, Motherboard, and PSU: $300, (May stretch a little more..) No more than 50.

For CPU, he doesn't mind AMD or INTEL, although I don't think $300 can get him an Intel build.

For Motherboard, Anything, (He won't be doing a lot of Overclocking.)

His GPU: Zotac GT430
His RAM: .. Not sure, Alpedia 6gb.. i think at 800 speed? not sure. **EDIT he said it's ddr2


Most high end game he'll possibly play - Sonic Generation

PSU: Anything (Quality brand if possible, don't want to cheap out on PSU.)


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Website Preferance: Newegg, NCIX, Microcenter, or Amazon. US Resident.

I know I might be asking for too much but I wonder if it's possible to use quality/trusted brand names for these parts.. (Corsair, Antec, Thermaltake, Asus, etc.)

I await for results.. Thanks again for helping! biggrin.gif
Edited by Taiwanese - 3/1/12 at 9:31pm
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ddr2? good luck finding that hardware ?


heres a 300$ build for you biggrin.gif
new ram,psu,cpu,mb and its intel biggrin.gif $299 think i hit the mark right on the nose>< oh its even cheaper i forgot to put the 15% off code for the power supply.And only way you get charged tax if there is a newegg in your state and unlucky for me there is.

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If you wanted to go over by 54$ could get a quad core intel build
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Or if he wanted a 6 core amd build
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Edited by solar0987 - 3/1/12 at 10:07pm
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I was going to post a build similar to solar's, but he all ready did. A 2100 SB system will do him nicely.

If he does want to go AMD, Microcenter has the fx-8120 for $189.99 w/ a gigabyte 970 board, or 2 other free boards throw in $47 for 8gb of RAM, and actually finding a $50 PSU beefy enough for a fx-8120 may be a chore, maybe this Rosewill for $60, I've heard descent things about them, but never personally used one.
Edited by anubis1127 - 3/1/12 at 10:09pm
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I was going to post a build similar to solar's, but he all ready did. A 2100 SB system will do him nicely.
If he does want to go AMD, Microcenter has the fx-8120 for $189.99 w/ a gigabyte 970 board, or 2 other free boards throw in $47 for 8gb of RAM, and actually finding a $50 PSU beefy enough for a fx-8120 may be a chore, maybe this Rosewill for $60, I've heard descent things about them, but never personally used one.

Id steer clear of rosewill psu like its the plauge lol
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The RG-630 is a high quality ATNG built unit unlike most of their low end ones, I would recommend the Green Series over all the Corsair CXs.
Stear clear of low end units.  But many of Rosewill's newer units - particularly the HIVE and the Capstone - have been exceptional - for both quality and price.  This company is turning around.  PSUs are becoming much better.

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I wouldn't cheap out on the psu because a bad psu could lead you to loose the build. But I would go for something cheaper than an 8120. biggrin.gif
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Those who don't know,just don't know.The Rosewill PSU linked,and those mentioned above are awesome PSU's.They have been highly rec. everywhere you look.They are not made by Rosewill,that's just the name.The Corsair linked is actually a cheap PSU that barely makes the quality standard.It will do but there are much better available,including the Rosewill's mentioned.OCN has a thorough and comprehensive PSU database to eliminate these confusions.

OP,if you guys can hop in the car and drive to the valley,here's your build
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