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Old September 7, 2010, 08:29 PM
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Trying to just ballpark a couple computers that my brother may be able to afford (gaming computer, mainly for call of duty 4, and hopefully some newer titles at medium quality graphics. He will be using a 23" monitor). This PC will most likely be used, as it will be replaced eventually when he gets a job.

I have a HD 4850 that I will be donating to his build once he buys a PC. I will routinely update this thread with the best deals I can find, and I would really appreciate your input on if they are good deals or not.

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Pentium Dual-Core CPU E5300 2.6mhz. 2 gig DDR3 Ram.
Asus P5G43T-PRO Motherboard.
( Buy the Asus P5G43T-M Pro Motherboard at TigerDirect.ca ).
500 gig hard drive. 52 type card reader. DVDR/RW drive.
10 usb ports, 2 firewire, 2 esata ports.
windows xp sp3 w/updates, office 2007 pre-installed, and lots of programs ready for allmost everything!
$300.00 not negotiable.

Yae or Nae? I'm looking for something that will run current games and can be set up with minimum purchases (maybe a new PSU and gfx card to get it running properly, for example).

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Old September 7, 2010, 08:37 PM
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What is his budget?
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Old September 7, 2010, 08:38 PM
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hmm..whats the psu in there? if a 100 watt you need to get one.

how about a nice cheap build by yourself type thing? go into regor 240/250 territory and a nice and cheap giga mobo, both for around 120 perhaps. add a couple gigs of ram, an ocz psu 500 watter, cheaper than what the guys selling you
or if you want to go intel, celly 3300 and giga board to match, more or less same price as the regor combo, clocks better though
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Old September 7, 2010, 09:04 PM
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I'm trading an E6500 2.9Ghz + P5G43M-PRO + CM N520 heatsink all for $110 in RFD (I don't have enough posts to trade here). I only used them for 2 weeks last August until I irrationally changed all my HTPC parts into a medium build aka pocket broiler. Holler me if interested.

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Old September 8, 2010, 08:24 AM
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His budget is probably around 400 (not including a PSU and a GFX card, as I will give him mine if he decides to go through with this :P)
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Old September 8, 2010, 10:50 AM
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Quickly off the top of my head.

Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 Motherboard $100
Corsair XMS3 TWIN3X2048-1333 DDR Kit $55
AMD Athlon x3 445 Triple Core 3.1Ghz $82
500W OCZ ModXtream PSU $30 (after MIR)
Antec 300 Case $50
500 Gig WD Black $55
Random DVD-RW drive on sale (most likely samsung) $19

Brand New. $391 + tax. That would blow the system you're looking at away - it's new and warranty on individual parts.. has fast hdd, etc.

Better job and more money? Upgrade to a 955BE or 1090T processor + upgrade ram and vid card = bangin' gaming system.

Edit: just saw you have a PSU.. even better.
Edit2: you can't do much with your listed system in ways of upgrading.. the socket 775 CPU is the limiting factor.. unless you can find a Q9550 processor (good luck with that) and whatnot. But to answer the question, yeah.. it's worth $300.. just not good for future upgrades.
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Quickly off the top of my head.

Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 Motherboard $100
Corsair XMS3 TWIN3X2048-1333 DDR Kit $55
AMD Athlon x3 445 Triple Core 3.1Ghz $82
500W OCZ ModXtream PSU $30 (after MIR)
Antec 300 Case $50
500 Gig WD Black $55
Random DVD-RW drive on sale (most likely samsung) $19

Brand New. $391 + tax. That would blow the system you're looking at away - it's new and warranty on individual parts.. has fast hdd, etc.

Better job and more money? Upgrade to a 955BE or 1090T processor + upgrade ram and vid card = bangin' gaming system.

Edit: just saw you have a PSU.. even better.
Edit2: you can't do much with your listed system in ways of upgrading.. the socket 775 CPU is the limiting factor.. unless you can find a Q9550 processor (good luck with that) and whatnot. But to answer the question, yeah.. it's worth $300.. just not good for future upgrades.
Hey, thanks for the info! I didn't really even think about going with an Athlon x3. Would I need to buy a new MOBO to support a 1090T?
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The Gigabyte 870A-UD3 will do just fine with a Phenom II X6 1090T CPU, however, if will later upgrade your CPU, go for the Phenom II X6 1055T, which has aprox the same overclocking potential as the 1090T, meaning a bit over 4GHz.
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