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Old November 15, 2008, 10:12 AM
CactusJoe CactusJoe is offline
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Default 300$ build for a friend

Hey guys! Welcome to a brain wacking puzzle!!

My friend asked me for a "good" computer. Well, anything that beats a single core P4! :)

He has a very, very low budget.. It has to be under 300$ including taxes(5% here ) and shipping. Shipping from 1 site only would be great too. Which should be ok since he dosnt need much.
He wants to run Fallout 3 on at least, medium graphics. High would be heaven.

System Requirements Minimum Recommended Windows[28] Operating System Windows XP or Windows Vista CPU Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or equivalent processor Intel Core 2 Duo Memory 1 GB / 2GB (Vista) 2 GB
Graphics Hardware DirectX 9.0c compliant card with 256 MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better / ATI X850 or better) DirectX 9.0c compliant card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)

Since I didnt find any bundle, i was thinking about :
Case with psu - $37.80 - Startech ATX6350BK Value Series Silver Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT 350W - DirectCanada
Mobo - 41.39$ - https://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11430BD3409&vpn=GeForce6100PM-M2(2.0)&manufacture=ECS
Video card - 42.80 - Gigabyte Gf 8500GT 600MHZ 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card Turbo Force - DirectCanada

130.49 so far

2g Memory - ? - ~30$

CPU - 37.99$ - Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
HDD - 52.11$ - Xpress Canada - Hard Drives > Desktop Drives > 3.5" SATA Drives : Hitachi Deskstar 320GB 3.5" SATA 7200rpm 16MB (0A35411).
DVD - 28.99$- A-Power.com - Buy SAMSUNG SH-S223Q/BEBN DVDRW DVD Writer.. - Canada

276.93 total
13.80 taxes
~30$ shipping
320.77$

Issues
1- Compatibility wise, im not sure that everything will work out. As i said in other treads, im a newb at this, but im learning fast!. I'll be setting up my first computer this week.
2- I'm not sure the power supply will be enought... im not even sure it wont break after 1 week of use.
3- Im not happy with the cpu, im sure I can find better for this price.
4- Im not happy with the video card neither, a 7600gs would be better..
5- For the OS (WHICH I ALREADY HAVE) I was thinking about something light like windows trust which is a very very light version of windows xp sp1.

Any suggestions are highly welcome.

I really appreciate it guys

Last edited by CactusJoe; November 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM.
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