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Old 10-21-2009, 02:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cheap AMD build needed

I usually go with intel but the price per performance I would say goes to AMD and I have a challenge to build as cheaply as possible, This is for a family member that is a little down and out on their luck and has very limited funds and a dead HP sitting there that couldn't play the games they wanted very well any way with onboard graphics and no PCI-E slot either. Unfortunately I don't know squat about AMD and what cpu is good or not but want to learn a little because a lot of people are looking for cheaper systems now and the higher end systems are few and far between for building.
Any who what would be good for games like the COD series but no real graphic intensive stuff. What can you come up with for the cheapest possible at maybe $300 and if there is a little higher budget I'll up whatever GPU is picked.

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If you want to keep the build close to $300 you'll need to recycle some parts from the previous computer... at least the hard drive and optical drives.. and if you can get a case and even a PSU that would be cool.. but since its HP, i doubt the PSU is usable...

So, could you tell us what parts your family member is able to reuse? And what went wrong with the other computer?

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You could reuse the HP case and save some there. If the RAM is DDR2, you could reuse it (if it has enough to be practical as 2GB is as low as I would go).

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