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Gaming rig for $350?

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Looking to build a gaming rig for $300. No peripherals, just parts + case.

AMD Motherboard is already supplied for $50, which can use AM2/AM2+/AM3
This is the motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128394

Looking to play Heroes of Newerth on this and would be nice if it could run modern warfare 2. (Obviously not at maxed settings)

The monitor in use will be around 19". +Reps for builds.
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You'll have to skimp on the CPU, motherboard, and case if you want something at that price.
Good luck.
That was my price budget a while back when I was looking for a gaming PC, and I finally found this Dell XPS 710 for $500 and offered $350 (no hdd included), and the owner took it. It will take some good deal hunting.
I'll *attempt* to put together a decent list

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I'll *attempt* to put together a decent list

As will I.
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Yea, it's kinda tough, but to play heroes of newerth I don't think you'd need a very intensive graphics card. MW2 is a long stretch though.
You could start with an e3200 + an p35 mobo. That starts you at < $100 spent. And it should be a decent OC'r

find a used 9600GT (or better) from the for/sale section here for $50 or so. Then you'd have 200 bucks left for psu, hd, ram, and anything else you'd need.
Buy a used 8800gt or 9600gso here, then get somthing like this

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ah ok, forgot to mention something. Already have an AMD motherboard for AM2/AM2+/AM3 for $50, so everything else for $300.
I stretched the bills quite a bit.


AMD Athlon II X4 620

4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333

HIS HD Radeon 4670 1GB

Awesome quad-core ddr3 setup for $350, although I ran out of cash for a Case, PSU, and hard drive
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ah ok, forgot to mention something. Already have an AMD motherboard for AM2/AM2+/AM3 for $50, so everything else for $300.

Newegg link? Would let us know what we are building around now
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More details on the Motherboard? What are the specs?
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136167
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


NZXT Beta Series CS-NT-BETA-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811146055
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136098
Return Policy: Standard Return Polic


GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128407
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814125277
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139008
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231098
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCK23GQ - OEM
Item #: N82E16819103714
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


That was the best price I could do for a good quality build...
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shipping will cost you, but at least there are rebates, and it can be upgraded with a better CPU and cooler later, though it's not DDR3

oh snap, no HD
. drop to a 4650, and get a HDD for $40. AR you should be on budget.

here's a HDD.
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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103688 - $59 shipped

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008 - $49 shipped (great company, too!)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231121 - $44

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154095 - $27

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136074 - $49

Total price: $228

Now you have $72 left over for a video card - Really your only bet to get something decent is to scour forums or craigslist. It shouldn't be too hard. I've been seeing 4870's go for ~$100 lately. Maybe pony up and save a few more $$$'s. This build also leaves you room to upgrade in the future (although, it is kind of hard since none of us know what motherboard you're using).

I didn't include a cd/dvd drive, but you can pick those up anywhere for $20 or less.

Good luck, and let us know what you end up getting!
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I think this is about as good as you're going to get. It actually isn't bad at all.
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