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So my co workers son is asking for a gaming computer, she had a budget of $200, I'm donating a case and a 4870 another buddy from work is donating a mouse, keyboard and monitor so as far as i can tell we need a PSU, mobo, processor, HDD and optical drive, can it be done with new equipment? I have been out of the game for a while, i don't even know what's available right now

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Edited by TheLastPriest - 12/5/12 at 9:02am
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post #2 of 12
With current gen technology? No.

I'll just throw these out there:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/sys/3449067307.html

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/sys/3456504590.html

I reckon it shouldn't be too hard to find a nice LGA 775 setup with a Core 2 Quad and everything else for $300 or so, just take the GPU out of the equation if it's included and it shouldn't be too hard to get it for $200 or so.

Just my 2 cents.

Good luck! smile.gif

Best I can do (new):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-540 3.06Ghz Dual-Core Processor ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H55M-ED55 Micro ATX LGA1156 Motherboard ($58.74 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $282.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-05 09:35 EST-0500)
Edited by StayFrosty - 12/5/12 at 6:42am
post #3 of 12
thats a pretty low budget for needed parts. what games are you aiming to play? you could always set up an apu system as long as the games are not super demanding. systems like theses can run off less than 300 watts. i'm sure you guys could scrap up a hdd,and cd drive on the cheap somewhere?

i think an apu build can be built for close to your budget.
Edited by toyz72 - 12/5/12 at 7:05am
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The most demanding game on their list was Americas army

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post #5 of 12
It can be done even if you want to avoid used and go new.

Intel Celeron 540 ($45 - dual core, but up-to-date tech)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63934&vpn=BX80623G540&manufacture=Intel

Biostar H61M ($45)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332

Antec Basiq 450w ($32)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62331&vpn=VP450&manufacture=Antec

DVD-burner ($16)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

Seagate Barracuda 500gb ($55)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1310

Total: $193
Obviously these aren't top-of-the-line products, but they'll get the job done. Though if the budget is pretty flexible you might consider a slightly faster processor, the Pentiuim 860 ($30 more, 3.0ghz instead of 2.5 for the celeron above). I have a Pentium 850, and while for some games Intel dual cores aren't ideal, pretty much every game will be playable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116405
Edited by MisterFred - 12/5/12 at 9:15am
    
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Thank you all for your input, mister fred, that is some good deal hunting.
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Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

It can be done even if you want to avoid used and go new.
Intel Celeron 540 ($45 - dual core, but up-to-date tech)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63934&vpn=BX80623G540&manufacture=Intel
Biostar H61M ($45)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332
Antec Basiq 450w ($32)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62331&vpn=VP450&manufacture=Antec
DVD-burner ($16)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256
Seagate Barracuda 500gb ($55)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1310
Total: $193
Obviously these aren't top-of-the-line products, but they'll get the job done. Though if the budget is pretty flexible you might consider a slightly faster processor, the Pentiuim 860 ($30 more, 3.0ghz instead of 2.5 for the celeron above). I have a Pentium 850, and while for some games Intel dual cores aren't ideal, pretty much every game will be playable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116405
no RAMs tongue.gif @OP u got the Rams already ??
post #8 of 12
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I do have plenty of ram, good looking out

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post #9 of 12
If you go with the cheaper HDD, this could/should work for only about 25$ more(I'm fairly sure this out performs the celeron, but don't quote me on it).

CPU+mobo combo(A6-5400K+gigabyte mobo) 115$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1146367

PSU(cooler master 500W) - 10$ off with promo code EMCJHJJ64, extra 10 with mail in rebate. 39$, 29$ after MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031

HDD(WD, 500GB blue drive) 64$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Optical (lite-on) 17$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

Total - 237$, 227$ after MIR, with the cheaper HDD, 227/217$


*edit* hmmm, the g540 might be ahead of the a6-5400k, the lack of much l2 cache is kind of disappointing.
Edited by Alanim - 12/13/12 at 5:24am
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You're probably going to need a Windows License for a minimum of $100 for an OEM license.
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