Mobo, CPU, GFX Card, RAM, (PSU?) for $200? 19 replies

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The-Bleh-Bleh

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#1 10 years ago

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!




jjz-

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#2 10 years ago

What kind of ames are you focused on playing. And what resolution is your monitor?




kow_ciller

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#3 10 years ago

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.




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#4 10 years ago

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.




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#5 10 years ago

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.




kow_ciller

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#6 10 years ago
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.




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#7 10 years ago

Huh, it doesn't appear the 350W one has a 6-pin PCI-e connector, which I need. :/




kow_ciller

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#8 10 years ago

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.




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#9 10 years ago

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?




kow_ciller

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#10 10 years ago

Yes.




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