I'm looking to get all of this for $200. Is it possible? I am focusing on gaming.
Here's what I'm thinking of so far: $70 - Radeon HD 3850 512MB + 2GB DDR2 800 RAM $83 - 2.5GHz E5200 Pentium Dual Core $50 - Motherboard? Could be ATX or Micro-ATX.
Now, that comes out to $200 on the spot. I have already ordered the graphics card and RAM. Does that seem like a good deal? I can still get a refund if there are better things out there. I also do not know whether or not I need a new power supply. I currently have a 450W, but it doesn't have the 6-pin PCI-e connector which the graphics card requires. Would it be safe to use something like this?
Any other advice? Thanks!
16th October 2008
What kind of ames are you focused on playing. And what resolution is your monitor?
Heres your best bet of a $50 motherboard. Newegg.com - Open Box: GIGABYTE GA-P31-S3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard And the power supply : Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST350 350W ATX12V 2.2 Power Supply - Power Supplies
You wont need anything much larger than that for a PSU and its cheap enough where if you upgrade later you can just replace it.
Rainbow 6 Vegas, Company of Heroes, Orange Box, and some newer games like Fallout 3. I currently only run at a resolution of 1024 X 768 or 1280 X 1024.
edit: 350W is really enough? Wow. My friend is actually selling a 500W one for $20, but with only a 18 Amp 12V rail. Which is better? And nice find, that motherboard looks good.
16th October 2008
With that resolution you shouldn't have much problems. Especially at 1024x768. At 1280x1024, to play fallout 3 at good settings, you will want more than a 3850. At 1024x768 a 3850 will be fine for most games besides Crysis or the like.
The-Bleh-Bleh;4664898 edit: 350W is really enough? Wow. My friend is actually selling a 500W one for $20, but with only a 18 Amp 12V rail. Which is better? And nice find, that motherboard looks good.
Yes, it will be more than enough. The 500w is most likely a bargain basement POS designed for a 3.3v/5v heavy system not a 12v heavy system of today.
Huh, it doesn't appear the 350W one has a 6-pin PCI-e connector, which I need. :/
Yes, it does. It also has 34amps on the 12v rail is what you need for your system, not 18amps. Also, if you're willing I suggest you get a better heatsink for that e5200 so you can push her up to 4ghz
edit: for $15 more you can get this board which will be alot better and have alot more options/ features.Newegg.com - Open Box: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard edit edit: Im pretty sure it has a 6-pin (think I saw one when my friend bought one), but if it doesn't you can always use the adapter that comes with the video card on it.
Oh, okay some other reviewer said it didn't for some reason. For now I'll probably keep with stock cooling for the e5200, and I might get a better heatsink later. Tight budget.
So, to make sure, the 350W will power: 2 optical drives, 2 hard drives, 3 case fans, and the other parts without problems?