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Old 12-05-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Is it possible to build a pretty good gaming computer for around $300?
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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my computer all up would have to be estimating around $629

750w power supply

3gb ram

2.5ghz dual core socket 775

1gb Graphics card

tower

500gb hardrive.

it all adds up.

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Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
CPU
Intel Celeron E3300 @ 2.50GHz
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
3.0GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz (4-4-4-11)
Motherboard
ASRock N73V-S (CPUSocket) 33 C
Graphics
SMB2030 @ 1600x900
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST3500418AS ATA Device (SATA) 30 C
78GB Seagate ST380817AS ATA Device (SATA) 29 C
Optical Drives
ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4160B ATA Device
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High Definition Audio Device
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:04 AM   #3
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Is it possible to build a pretty good gaming computer for around $300?
Here's the best I can come up with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-903-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-454-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-637-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136075
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811233062
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151192
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131381

Reuse the OS from another computer. It comes to $298 + shipping, and should get you good gaming performance.

Assuming you can stretch the budget a little, I recommend upgrading the HDD to this for $13 more.
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yuck, 350w power supply, My old 500w could not even power mine up properly. unless i only had one hdd. but the deals are great apart from the power supply
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yuck, 350w power supply, My old 500w could not even power mine up properly. unless i only had one hdd. but the deals are great apart from the power supply
Your PSU was garbage then. My HTPC with a Phenom x4 9600, 2x HD 4850, and three hard drives barely draws 300 watts at max load. This is including power wasted by the inefficiency of the power supply.

EDIT: I entered the system i listed into the eXtreme power supply calculator. Assuming 100% TDP, here is the result:

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Old 12-06-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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It depends on how you define gaming PC?
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:13 AM   #7
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are you looking for just the base unit or monitor and everything else as well?
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Your PSU was garbage then. My HTPC with a Phenom x4 9600, 2x HD 4850, and three hard drives barely draws 300 watts at max load. This is including power wasted by the inefficiency of the power supply.

EDIT: I entered the system i listed into the eXtreme power supply calculator. Assuming 100% TDP, here is the result:

my psu was not shot, 300w will not support a decent p4 specially if it is got more then 1 core. and if it does your damn lucky and probably wont last long. And coming from a IT tech that has had over 18 years exp, (not me) he told me the exact same thing..
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my psu was not shot
I'm not saying it was "shot" (whatever that means), I'm saying it was a very low quality PSU. The actual 12V wattage was probably far less than 500W.

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300w will not support a decent p4 specially if it is got more then 1 core. and if it does your damn lucky and probably wont last long.
Then explain how I've got a P4 rig running on a PSU rated at 150 watts. The rig is like 5 years old, never had any problems.

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And coming from a IT tech that has had over 18 years exp, (not me) he told me the exact same thing..
He had no idea what he was talking about then. Add the TDPs of the components, and t will give you a max theoretical power draw. In practice, it'll actually draw a good bit less, but I prefer to have some overhead.


65W CPU + 110W GPU + 15W HDD + 20W mobo/RAM = 210W. The PSU has 2 12V rails at 10 and 13 A. 10 + 13 = 23, 23A x 12V = 276W. 276W > 210W, therefore, it has enough power.
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my psu was not shot, 300w will not support a decent p4 specially if it is got more then 1 core. and if it does your damn lucky and probably wont last long. And coming from a IT tech that has had over 18 years exp, (not me) he told me the exact same thing..
You haven't opened up the cases of many computers, have you? 300w is very common in prebuilts from Dell, HP and Acer. Heck, I'm running a windows home server at my parents on a 250w
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