Originally Posted by Slave One
EDIT: Nvm... Just noticed your sig rig...
That's another great way to extend your budget gaming PC, if you are building that budget gaming PC for someone else that you know. Upgrade parts of your sig rig. My Roommate was running a computer that I built over 5 years ago and wouldn't upgrade. I was upgrading my video card and found a good deal on an Athalon II with motherboard for $61 from MicroCenter. I just upgraded the relevant components and reused everything else.
Old PC parts I replaced
Pentium 4 2.8GHz w/Hyperthreading
ASUS Motherboard (with AGP Video card slot)
1GB DDR Ram (no longer fits)
GeForce 7600 GT AGP (no longer fits)
New Parts I added
Athalon II x2 250 ($60.99)
Biostar A780L Motherboard ($0.01)
2GB DDR2 Ram (on loan from my sig rig)
GeForce 8800GT (not needed anymore, on loan from sig rig)
Things you can do for now for example, what was your sig rig's old video card? If you could say for example use it for a month or two and then gather another $150-$200 to buy that budget PC's real video card. An old HDD laying around could get you by another month until you can get a good Hard Drive. Little things like that can give you the breathing room you need.
It's just a matter of IF you can extend that $300 budget by using resources or money that isn't from that same $300. using old parts to tide you over a month or two sometimes can work as you could gather another $300 in that time...... Once you get past Motherboard/Processor/Memory purchasing a part a month can eventually get you where you want to be.