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Old 08-13-2006, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The title speaks for itself! All Suggestions for components are welcome...this should be a challenge. Preferrably half way decent
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No.
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haha indeed...unless....
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which components would be needed?
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It's possible to build a computer for $230, but it's not going to run very well. If you're just looking for a cheap upgrade from a (very) old computer and don't mind paying a bit extra, this might work:

AMD Sempron 64 2800+ (AM2) - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104301
Motherboard - $47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185083
RAM - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227115
PSU - $15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152019
80gb. HDD - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145082
DVD Burner - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058
Case - $15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811145074
Total: About $260

Of course, that's without an OS, so add $100 for an OEM copy of Windows. If you have an old computer you don't mind gutting, you can take the disc drive, floppy drive, and hard drive from it and get a graphics card instead of those (maybe a 6600?)

That's the cheapest I can get it, and it's not going to be real good.
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Yes, Building A computer, ANY computer is possible for that amount of money.

BUT, he specifically said a GAMMING computer, which is not possible.
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yo trekkie frikkin brilliant man. ANd lookie here:http://www.techist.com/showthread.ph...ny+suggestions
I just inheritted some parts to cannibalize Actually DOnt need the case cause its gon be a cool case mod.
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k if you salvage your old HD, optical drive (any cd-rom), you could end up with something like this..

mobo and cpu from trekkie's build: $97

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185083

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104301

ram: $37 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231052

case/psu $25: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147026

gpu: $70 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130026

total: $230
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no, not really possible to build a gaming machine on that budget unless you already have several major components. the bare minimum you could have for a gaming machine (from new parts) would be a 40gb drive, cheap motherboard either s754 or AM2 and a ~3000+ sempron. not sure but by my calculations that will set you back at least $150 (estimating an australian price and estimating a conversion XD so forgive me if i am wrong) then you would have to spend at least ~$50 on memory. no way does that leave any where enough for a lowend graphics card and remaining components
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oh and if you also use the ddr ram that was given to you for the new build you could get an even better system, with a good video card.

so if you salvage the 2X256 ddr ram, an optical drive, that 30gb HD.. you could get a pretty decent system! something like this..

gpu: $90 after mail in rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102688

cpu: $66 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537

mobo: open box $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813138270R

CHEAP case/psu (prolly fry all your components ): $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147026

total $221, wohoo
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