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Windows 7: Building a gaming PC for $250

12 Jan 2012   #11
M1GU31

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
You can get a ps3 for $250 and XBOX 360 for $200. And they look pretty good for the most part. If you want a gaming video card that looks better then dedicated consoles you're gonna have to get $350+ video card with DX11 that's capable of rendering those extra bits of eye candy.
no you can max games with a 150$ video card at dece3nt resloutions like with a gtx 460 you dont need a $300 card......

He could max out games with around $400-500usd by using a decent quad core and 4gb of ram


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12 Jan 2012   #12
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
You can get a ps3 for $250 and XBOX 360 for $200. And they look pretty good for the most part. If you want a gaming video card that looks better then dedicated consoles you're gonna have to get $350+ video card with DX11 that's capable of rendering those extra bits of eye candy.
no you can max games with a 150$ video card at dece3nt resloutions like with a gtx 460 you dont need a $300 card......

He could max out games with around $400-500usd by using a decent quad core and 4gb of ram
Well OP wanted better than consoles. $150 card is probably on par with consoles. That's what I'm basing it on.
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12 Jan 2012   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

A decent monitor would also help.
I have a GeForce GTS 450 cost ~$110. Although I'm not a gamer I believe it can handle most.
WEI Gaming Graphics: 7.2
Cinebench OpenGL : 53.
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12 Jan 2012   #14
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

See the second part of this amazingly helpful post:

Computer for a cash strapped student.

DX11 and Quad Core, baby!
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12 Jan 2012   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a good build. The OP could get away with $350 since he alrerady has the HDD - but no optical drive.
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12 Jan 2012   #16
jloc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
A decent monitor would also help.
I have a GeForce GTS 450 cost ~$110. Although I'm not a gamer I believe it can handle most.
WEI Gaming Graphics: 7.2
Cinebench OpenGL : 53.
I've got a great monitor, it's an iiYama Prolite E2407HDS, it set me back around $450 a couple of years ago.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp
See the second part of this amazingly helpful post:

Computer for a cash strapped student.

DX11 and Quad Core, baby!
That thread is in the VIP section

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs
It is a big question whether your Windows 7 on the HDD will work. If it is an OEM, it will not work. If you have a retail installation disc, you can reinstall it. Else you will have a driver problem.
I think that graphics card I linked is pretty decent. No need to spend more unless you want to go to the extremes.
It's a retail copy of Win7 Ultimate that I got with my PC.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs
This is a good build. The OP could get away with $350 since he alrerady has the HDD - but no optical drive.
I've got a spare drive lying around, it's a Lightscribe something (not sure exactly what model).
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My current graphics card doesn't support any games (I can play Call of Duty: World at War on it's lowest settings). It's a nVidia GeForce 7800GTX.
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13 Jan 2012   #17
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp
See the second part of this amazingly helpful post:

Computer for a cash strapped student.

DX11 and Quad Core, baby!
Quote:
...That thread is in the VIP section ...
Whoops - sorry about that.

I don't think I'd be breaking any sacred rules by reposting the pertinent part here:

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I'm thinking maybe an FM1 system from AMD:


Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-A75M-S2V FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $70 (after rebate)

Newegg.com - AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX- $145

Newegg.com - Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH - $36

Newegg.com - Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - $55

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GZ-KF03B Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $17

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $125 (includes free MSI DVD Burner!)

That adds up to $448 and gives you a Quad Core CPU at 3.0GHz along with DirectX 11 Graphics, an adequate PSU and the cheapest doggone case I could find to hold it all. The CPU is the top-of-the-line FM1 processor, so you could save some money there if you wanted. You could also drop from 8GB RAM to 4GB, though you wouldn't save much. Wait a few months for Hard Drive prices to return to normal and that's probably another $50 off right there.
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13 Jan 2012   #18
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
You can get a ps3 for $250 and XBOX 360 for $200. And they look pretty good for the most part. If you want a gaming video card that looks better then dedicated consoles you're gonna have to get $350+ video card with DX11 that's capable of rendering those extra bits of eye candy.
no you can max games with a 150$ video card at dece3nt resloutions like with a gtx 460 you dont need a $300 card......

He could max out games with around $400-500usd by using a decent quad core and 4gb of ram
Well OP wanted better than consoles. $150 card is probably on par with consoles. That's what I'm basing it on.
well then with a card around $200 should do that then max at 720p-1080p dont really need a $300 card unless you want to do like resloutions higher then that anyways w/e don't want to argue anymore
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13 Jan 2012   #19
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

No arguing here. I was just backing up my own point.
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13 Jan 2012   #20
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

ye i just didn't want him to believe you needed $300 to max games because you can do it with cheaper cards but i can see were your coming from
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