Building a PC, very very low budget, need help. - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-26-2009, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 129
Default Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

Basically I have been trying to play games on this computer, specs:

Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 2.66 Ghz

1GB DDR2 Ram (have no idea which brand, nor do I care)

Nvidia Geforce 6200 256mb PCI

40GB HD.

Hp Motherboard, it's one of the medium sized computers that lay flat, and you see them mainly in schools or libraries. It runs some games fine, barely can run source engine games, and I thank the video card for that, but I want to move forward, and build a computer capable of running some newer games at good frame rates, like Left 4 Dead, Call Of Duty 4/5 Etc. So I have decided to start building.

Basically I am going to go to Compusa with about 235 dollars, and I am going to buy an Intel Core 2 Duo, either the 3.0 ghz or the 2.9 or the 2.8, really what ever they have in stock, as I am desperate, though the 2.9 and 2.8 are alot cheaper, I didn't even see the 3.0 in stock when I went. So after I spend about 170 dollars on the processor I will have about 65 dollars left to buy a motherboard, assuming that they in fact have a motherboard that cheap. I don't have a problem getting anything else, like the case, or ram, or hard drive, dvd/cd drive, etc. I just need some critical advice on this 235 dollar budget for my processor and motherboard.

Am I doing the right thing by buying a Core 2 Duo? Any suggestions or links to any motherboards you recommend? I also noticed I can buy them online, and it seemed like it was alot cheaper to do so. Any help would be appreciated.
__________________

TaskTool is offline  
Old 05-26-2009, 12:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
hikaricloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 6,220
Default Re: Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

You can get this combo:

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - ASUS P5KPL-CM LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

$223.98 with free shipping.
__________________

__________________
R.I.P. Ronald C. "Bucky" Buck
3/13/1949 - 11/30/2010
Poizen22 - in all honesty id prefetr my pics get passed around then send perform some homo erotic sexual deed.
thirdshiftdj - what on earth are you trying to say???
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM or IM.
If I helped you out, or what I just said rocked you like a hurricane, hit the little thingie over there.
<-------------------------------
hikaricloud is offline  
Old 05-26-2009, 12:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 129
Default Re: Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

Wow that would be so much better if I just bought it online, thanks.
TaskTool is offline  
Old 05-26-2009, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
hikaricloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 6,220
Default Re: Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

No prob. Any other questions, feel free to ask.
__________________
R.I.P. Ronald C. "Bucky" Buck
3/13/1949 - 11/30/2010
Poizen22 - in all honesty id prefetr my pics get passed around then send perform some homo erotic sexual deed.
thirdshiftdj - what on earth are you trying to say???
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM or IM.
If I helped you out, or what I just said rocked you like a hurricane, hit the little thingie over there.
<-------------------------------
hikaricloud is offline  
Old 05-26-2009, 03:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Brinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 1,195
Default Re: Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

Wait...your pentium 4 has DDR2 ram?

I was under the impression Pentium 4s had DDR1.

And, while Compusa is now owned by Tigerdirect, I'd still shop online.

About ayear ago I built my computer for under $300, so it can be done. Just have to reuse as many parts as possible at first.

Be aware that hooking the switches up to an OEM case might not be possible. Some of them use proprietary block plugs.

By the way, the Fry's ad this week has an e8400 and a Gigabyte motherboard for $199.99, if you have one near you.
__________________
Antec 300 Illusion
430w Antec Earthwatts
AMD Q4 640 Propus
2x4gb Patriot DDR3 1333
750gb Seagate 7200.11 Hard Drive
Brinson is offline  
Old 05-26-2009, 03:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
hikaricloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 6,220
Default Re: Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

There were socket 775 P4's. Some of the mobos support DDR2.
__________________
R.I.P. Ronald C. "Bucky" Buck
3/13/1949 - 11/30/2010
Poizen22 - in all honesty id prefetr my pics get passed around then send perform some homo erotic sexual deed.
thirdshiftdj - what on earth are you trying to say???
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM or IM.
If I helped you out, or what I just said rocked you like a hurricane, hit the little thingie over there.
<-------------------------------
hikaricloud is offline  
Old 05-26-2009, 05:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,078
Default Re: Building a PC, very very low budget, need help.

Are you planning on upgrading the rest of the computer pretty soon? Because 1GB of ram and more so the nvidia 6200 isn't really going to cut it in newer games. Also do you know if the power supply and ram you have will work with the new parts? I would guess the psu will work (though not be good if you get any higher end graphics card) but the ram might be to slow for a e8400 to run at full speed.

Unless you plan to ugrade the rest of the computer very soon I would go with a cheaper cpu and get some and ram and video card (assuming the psu is good). Something like this

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops $70 (could be overclocked pretty high)
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards $80
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 &#40;PC2 6400&#41; Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $23
Newegg.com - Apollo AP-HD4670 256MB Radeon HD 4670 256MB 128-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $65 - $15mir

Total is about $238 + ~$10(for shipping) - $15 in mail in rebate, so after shipping and the rebate you would be close to your budget.

If you can spare a little more money you could get a 4830 or 4770.
__________________

__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
"Now I lay my computer down to sleep, I pray the hard drive my files to keep, If I should lose power before I save, I pray the hard drive my backups to take"
The Techies' Bible - Dario 1:1
dario03 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
reasonable low budget amd build LowLife New Systems | Building and Buying 9 04-09-2009 01:49 PM
Low budget GPU continu New Systems | Building and Buying 8 09-27-2008 09:05 AM
$3500 budget for gaming and video editing (needs everything) dario03 New Systems | Building and Buying 14 10-13-2007 01:12 AM
Building a Budget Computer bartb New Systems | Building and Buying 11 10-12-2007 06:23 AM
A Computer Building Guide.....by Elbatrop1 Elbatrop1 System Upgrades 31 04-07-2007 08:26 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.