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#1 Andrew D'Angelo

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 04:00 PM

OK i have a budget of 300$(give or take a little) for a build.

Heres what im looking for

A MB That has SLI(or Crossfire..whichever you prefer) Capabilites
A sufficent amount of RAM Slots
Idc About onboard Video Ram
Idc Bout sound(i.e. ill use on board sound unless sum1 gives me sufficent reason to get a soundcard lol)
I need a PSU also.(I know that might put me over budget)
AMD Only because its cheaper for better preforming processors
SLI Compatible Vid Card(256 or more)..(ill buy the second later)
ANyone who submits a build to me THankyou!!


P.S. Give me the cheapest build you make..Dont say it cant be under 300 for what i want because i've made a bunch..id just like some others! Thankss So Much

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:12 PM

Well 300$ is hard to work with. I hope you don't need an OS, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.

First of all, if your on a 300$ budget, it's not worth it to bother with an SLI/Crossfire board. They cost more money in general, and your going to need a pretty nice power supply. It would be better to just get one better graphics card.

Off the top of my head, the approximate price for it all:

AMD board with Crossfire/SLI - 85-100$

1gb of ram (you'd want 2 though) - 25$

Processor- 75-100$

Hard drive $50+

Case: $50+

Power Supply: 50-75$

Graphics card: 100-300$

So ya 300$ is pretty low. I'd say try to save up to at least 500$ if you want a gaming computer, but this would need mahy future upgrades.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:45 PM

yea sterling is right your not going to be able to build much with 300 dollars plus if your going to run SLI the power supply is going to probably be more up in the $100 ++ range. Also sterling giving you the bare minimum pricing, $50 for a hard drive is only going to get maybe 80-160GB which ins't a lot of hard drive. 1GB of ram is kind of low now a days 2GB or more, perferably more, is better and your going to need to put out at least $50 for the cheapy RAM or like $70++ before rebates for good name brand high performance RAM.

And from what i see most good SLI boards are going for at least $200 at least for intel boards. Go to newegg.com and start looking around but you will probably have to up your budget.
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 01:13 AM

Well, what are you going to use the computer for, the specs of it are really decided by what the actuall computer is going to be used for. Will it be used for gaming or just e-mail or studies etc. Once we know more about what it is going to be used for, we can work on what certain things you need for it.

PS: $300 won't get you a computer that will be sufficent to todays standards meaning it will have low specs. Try spend a minimun of $600, that will get a you a decent computer.

Edited by dgraziani28, 19 December 2007 - 01:13 AM.


#5 Andrew D'Angelo

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 10:58 PM

You guys are wrong, 300 is plenty. My specs on this computer are as follows

AsRock P4VM890 MB
2.4Ghz Pentium 4
1 Gb Kingston RAM
FX5500 256 PCI Vid Card
All together was 250 so you can obviously make a rig with that much.

I've already made a few different builds(exactly what i want....and around 300) but i thought mayb u guys could find more for cheaper.

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:29 PM

you don't seem to comprehend the problem, you want sli then come up with budget mid level cards to compare it to

I assume you might want a hard drive and an optical drive

sli, good vidseo card, adequate power supply, 2 gigs of ram

don't even compare it to the rig you have now

about 600$ for an entry gaming rig, 1000$ for a mid level one, 1500$ and up for high end


where did the refernce to onboard video memory come from???

sli/crossfire don't come with onboard video only 300$ builds

Edited by DaChew, 19 December 2007 - 11:31 PM.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:26 AM

This also depends where you get your parts from, even still, if you got your parts cheap it still wouldnt be $300.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:42 AM

Hey dude i have a compaq computer right now and im running a 2.8GHZ Pentium 4 prescott, 2GB of ram, BFG FX5500 PCI 256mb graphics card and honestly its sucks and its out of date.

The FX5500 is a good card for old games. I mean it will hit 60fps on counter strike but any other game that is more advanced then counter strike will not be able to be played by this card. Right now im playing Team fortress 2 which is probably the most advanced game i can play on this card and i can only run 800X600 resolution and i can only get 25-30 FPS which sucks!!!

Also if your planning on playing a more advanced game like quake 4 which isnt probably that advanced compared to even newer games, then dont even bother, i already tried it and it wont even play at all.

Pentium 4 was the sh%$ a long time ago but now they kind of suck. I just upgraded my comp to a Pentium 4 almost 2 months ago and all i can say is im glad it only cost me $30 bucks off ebay for the upgrade.

Im building a new computer right now and the other guys are right, your going to have to spend $600 or so if you want a computer that will perform well enough for the latest games and wont go out of date tomorrow or by the time you finish building it.

Everything you are choosing is way out of date and take it from me who has almost the same setup "dont waste your money or time cuz you will be really unhappy with the performance."

I have never heard of an ASROCK MB but just remember You Get What You Pay For and almost always its just better to spend more and get the better brand that way you have less problems in the future or in the begining

Edited by Lucky23, 20 December 2007 - 01:44 AM.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:06 AM

woops i didnt see that you already built that computer... I thought that was what you were planning on building. Still i think its going to be hard to build a good comp for that price.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 05:25 AM

Its true, you wont have a good computer for $300. Try saving up atleast $600+ and you should be able to build or buy or good and decent computer. Then from there maybe save up some more money and upgrade it more if you dont think it is good enough or doesnt meet your standards in performance and use etc, it also depends what it is going to be used for. What the computer will be used for can greatly determine what parts you need and the aporx. price you might pay.

Edited by dgraziani28, 20 December 2007 - 05:27 AM.


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:36 PM

I tried to build you a computer with everything you wanted for around $300 including SLI and this is what i came up with and you will still be over budget with only one video card. I threw this together pretty quick so might of made 1 or 2 mistakes but you get the idea.

This is with intel and AMD but almost every part is at the bottom of the barrel so this is why most people were telling you to up your budget.

1. This SLI motherboard is only $46 bucks but of course it foxconn and most people seem to use ASUS, Gigabyte, or Abit....

Its FSB is only up to 1066 and it can only support a pentium 4 which like i was saying is a lil out of date. It also only supports DDR2 667 RAM.

So if you happy with then thats fine but majority of people would spend a little more go get the P35 so they can run a core 2 duo and also get a motherboard that supports the 1333FSB.

Higher end motherboards will also support better ram like DDR2 1066

FoxConn Motherboard


2. This is the most inexpensive P4 HT on newegg to help with your budget its aroun 70 bucks

Pentium 4 HT

OR

1. AMD MB $40.00 with shipping after rebate

FoxConn AMD Motherboard

2. AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor $40

AMD 64 x2



INTEL RAM DDR2

3. This is basic ram off newegg DDR2 667 Wintec 2X1GB No specified timings Currently $35

Wintec 667

AMD RAM DDR 400

3. This AMD motherboard only accepts DDR 400. Cheapest was Wintec $95.00

Wintec DDR400



4. Most inexpensive SLI video card you can run is SLI EVGA 7300GT $60 Each $45.00 after rebate

EVGA 7300GT


5. Here is an optical drive LiteOn 17.99

Lite On DVD Drive


6. Hitachi 80GB HardDrive 3gb/s 7200RPM $49.00 with shipping

Hitachi Hard Drive


7. Heat Sink and fan ASUS 10.99

ASUS heatsink/fan


8. Rosewill Case R220 $30.00 w/ shipping

Rosewill case

6. SilverStone power supply 500W. It said on the power supply calculator you would need roughly 350 continous watts of power for this setup. This power supply is some what inexpensive and 80% efficient and also has the 24pin connector which you need and 2 PCI-e connectors. $59.99 after rebate

Silverstone 500

Edited by Lucky23, 20 December 2007 - 07:01 PM.

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