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Hey /g/, I need to ask a question. Is it possible to build an under $300 gaming PC to run things like Minecraft, CS: GO, and Garry's mod? If so, what is the most balanced and recommended parts to use? I have no problem with building the PC myself, but if there somewhere is one pre-assembled I wouldn't have a problem with buying it. I got robbed last year and my computer was stolen. All I want is a new one to play with my friends on again. Thanks for reading my blog post.
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Yes, dual core Intel processor, older amd card.

These sites wil pretty much give you the info you need: logical increments, pcpartpicker.
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>>>/wsr/

If you make a thread over there, I will gladly do my best to help you out. /g/ isn't tech support, read the sticky.
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>>52483457
it is so easy
You could go to a thrift store and pick up a tower buy a 950, used 750 ti, buy all the games, and some candy
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>>52483583
I tried to make a thread over there friendo but it was ignored.
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>>52483457
... Buy a 860k, a HD 7970 on eBay used, and the essentials.

Boom.
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>>52483613
We'll I'm very bored today and I will be very much obliged to help you. But only if you make a thread over at /wsr/.
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Buy a cube i7 stylus
Chinese tablet with a Core M processor, dock it. Runs all the stuff you mentioned. Cost around $320
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Thanks for not being ultra-fag about it. I just made it.
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*farts*
Freakin sweet Lois! ;D
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>>52483457
Just to play those? Get something with a second-gen i7. Intel has improved integrated graphics by leaps and bounds since gen 1.
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>>52483457
> logicalincrements.com (price guide)

> wiki.installgentoo.com/index.php?title=Build_a_PC (dyi guide)

good luck. ur games are old btw.
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What's with all these $300 threads? Are they all being made by the same person or did some other black magic happen causing all these NEETs to get their allowance at the same time or something?
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>>52483457
I was looking at stuff a few days ago. Here's something I built for the lulz. Could probably go cheaper on the case and PSU if you have no plans to upgrade hardware later down the road. The hardrive could also be cheaper and or smaller but WD stuff generally lasts pretty long.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JB9XjX
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XgW86h
This should also leave room to upgrade to a haswell refresh i3/i5/i7, better GPU and add another 8GB stick
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>>52483457
Here what I built a couple of months ago...

-Athlon 5350 $35 bucks from BnH photo..overclocked the piss out of it. 2.9ghz quad core after OC.
-Asus am1a mini atx mobo from BnH 38 bucks. You MUST have an Asus board to overclocking. Asrock also works after a bios update.
-8gb corsair ram 1800 from amazon $30
-Rosewill fbm-01 case from amazon $25
EVGA GTX 750 ti from amazon...$120

Most the prices are still accurate though BnH no longer sells that processor and mobo for that cheap but you can still get them around 40 a piece.

Hard drive, PSU and DVD RW drive all purchased from local shop at less than 50 bucks. Grand total was close to 300 give or take. Frankly I can play most anything I want with a PSU of around 400w. All day to day shit runs smoothly... No real complaints for a cheap ass PC...it works pretty fucking well.

Would like to add a SSD soon enough to speed it up a bit and make it a bit more capable, not sure what the best cheapo is though as I don't plan on buying anything over 120GB, so if anyone has a suggestion I'm all ears.
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>>52485177
>http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JB9XjX
Thats interestingly close to this part list I made.

I'm tempted to hold off on the gpu and get something better later. If I build this.
I currently have a laptop with an i7 (4700MQ), 1tb hdd 24gb ssd, GT 740m 2gb vram, intel integrated, and 8gb of ram.
Is it really worth building something like this when I have a laptop that'd whoop its ass in everything but vidya?
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>>52485177

That's not even a good poverty build.

G3258 ($44) is literally 3x faster single-core and 2x faster multi-core.
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>>52485325
pentium is garbage. Even an athlon 5350 is better than that piece of shit.

Also not all of us play arma 3.
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>>52485325
>G3258
Dual core.
Super nerfered i(-)1 cpu re-named
Outdated as shit.
In this case not ITX compatible.
Overpriced for shit.
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>>52485255
It's up to you man...but you could do my 5350 build with an itx and go ultra small for a streaming box...general use or htpc. Size and price are concerns here...if there's anything you want a small cheap dedicated desktop for then its absolutely worth it...especially if you have an older PC you can scavange parts from, DVD drive PSU or case. I mean if you want to cheaply game and your laptop isn't cutting it then sure its worth it man.
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>>52485325
Sorry buddy but I don't buy Intel shit. I refuse to support a company that's racist. Go Jew somewhere else.

Also if I wanted to pay even a little bit more than I would have. Budget building is about picket a budget and sticking with it. So take that 'for a little bit more' bullshit elsewhere.
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>>52485255
And I'll also say this...you could just make it a TV box and stream and game. Like a cheap media box. That's a totally worthwhile thing.
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Get an APU build.
Logicalincrements.com

For bonus points create a PC out of used parts
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>>52485376
>>52485406
>>52485605
>poor AND dumb

What a combo.

G3258 doesn't lose any benchmark. Paired up with a $39.99 H81 board, it's the perfect poverty build. (for smart poors - not you guys).
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>>52485722
It's a dual thread processor which is an extremely huge disadvantage. If you're gonna go with intel then at least stop being poor and get an i3 like a normal human being.
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>>52485666
That was my idea.
Also a small server box/light gaming.
Could do a lot with it, thats why I'm debating it.
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>>52485751
>It's a dual thread processor

It's 1ghz faster with 33% more L3 cache.

That's why it still beats your athlon in 4 core activities. While your slothing away at 2ghz, the g3258 can cycle back and complete all the tasks with 50% less time.
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>>52485722
For racist Jews only bitch. Nobody wants your hateful SJW bullshit here. Take you Intel garbage elsewhere troll.
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>>52485851
>Running a server on 2 cores.
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>>52485851
Hence why its an overclocking build...with a low watt chip...at nearly 3 GHz and 4 cores its a better proposition than your shit tier Pentium... And even oc'ed needs a smaller power supply.

Get rekt.
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>>52485895
>Hence why its an overclocking build

well, the g3258 even overclocks better. It can easily reach i3 levels.

You're getting hammered on every side. Just quit already. It's embarrassing.
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>>52485681
I have build a PC around a A8-7650k for 300 eurodollars and even though I play CS at 75Hz/fps, there's occasionally some minor drops on the framerate (to 60s) - with everything on minimum on a 5:4 display at 1xxxx8xx (can't remember the exact resolution).


An used FX 4350 with a GTX 750ti wouldn't be a bad idea. I myself am considering buying one for my APU.
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>>52485953
Not him but so can any unlocked i5. If you're that poor then just stay away from intel.

In fact just buy a chink android tablet for $40 and call it a day.

Running on 2 threads causes many problems on games and some desktop applications. This is why even an athlon 5350 would be a smarter choice over the plebtium.

I'm not even an AMD shill, I'm still rocking my i5-2500k with no reason to upgrade in sight.
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>>52486001
>tfw apufags can play vydias before getting a dedicated gpu.
fuck you, seriously. I had to go through the excruciatingly painful process of playing on intel hd graphics because I was short on cash for a dedicated gpu.
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>>52485953
Here ya go rajeed...you earned you shekels!

PS learn to poo in loo. Fucking Indian shills
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>>52486012
>Running on 2 threads causes many problems on games and some desktop applications.

This is a huge myth.

The g3258 can run most games quite fine, even fallout 4 (which claims quadcore optimization). :v) Certainly a lot better than the A1 5350.
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>>52486119
That's actually really impressive for how shirty the parts are.
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>>52486012
Ive got an i7 2600k and love my machine. It runs great after 4yrs, going on 5. Wow.
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>>52486140
hey more shills for the racist company...jesus christ is this seriously part of india's econimy at this point. also jackass bring up a fucking i7 in a budget build thread wtf?
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This was $285, not including drives, so yes.
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>>52486119
Well most games expect you to have 4 threads out of the box. Many games will perform badly or outright refuse to run on 2 threads. It's a risk not worth taking if you're gonna be playing vydias.

Also picking Fo4 was a really bad test choice. It's widely known that it is a very badly optimized game that cannot efficiently use more than two threads. Not all games are this badly optimized.

You really should consider saving up for an i5. Microcenter had an unlocked i5 for like $180.
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>>52486119
Not a myth. I turned off hyperthreading on my i3 for shits and giggles. Half of my games instantly got lower FPS and some couldn't even start. Most games today expect you to have 4 cpu threads. A pentium would have been fine in 2012 but not today.
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>>52486280
>saving up for an i5

Dude budget builds means you should get a used i5-2400 for $60 to $70.
4 strong cores, and a H61 motherboard is like $40.
For $140 you can get 8GB RAM and a 4 core i5. Throw in a PSU and case that brings you to $200, then you have $100 for a GPU.
Which you buy a used 7950 or 7870 and you're ROASTING everyone's shit tier budget builds here and have $20 left over.
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>>52486320
>used gpu
I really hope none of you do this. Do you also buy used hdds as well?
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>>52486280
>You really should consider saving up for an i5.

no one wants an i5.

keep up with the discussion, you retard-enabler.
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>>52483457
>minecraft, CS:GO, Garry's Mod
Back to /v/ already. Why do i have a strong feeling you are French? And 15 yo?
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>>52483457
http://www.logicalincrements.com/#!/
Bookmark this page and go away.
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>>52486320
get a build full of used/abused bullshit that likely won't last much longer.

yeah real smart move dipshit.>>52486320
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Dude you can do all that on an i3 with integrated.

Repo a 2008+ prebuilt for <$30 on cg, remove everything but the psu, maybe leave the drives if it's sata. Now all you need is an i3, optional ssd, optional drives, a mobo and ddr3 sticks if the prebuilt is a core2duo.

I threw something similar together for my brothers and an hp machine from around 2007.Threw in a 650ti boost I had and they can play their shitty games now on medium to high. Cost me around $200 in Canadian meme money.
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>>52483710
Worst advice
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>>52484619
I just don't have lots of money. I usually just lurk on /g/ but I was desperate enough to make a thread. I'm tired of console fagging desu.
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>>52486953
same boat, being a canadianfag is worse. anything thats listed on pcpartpicker as cheap isnt for canadianfags
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>>52483457
i can run them
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>>52484619
Some people want a cheap second PC as a TV unit man...why pay more than needed?

Shit ya saw my cheap ass 5350 build. Trust me I'm not broke, I make a solid 80k a year man so I'm solidly middle class. But if its not a main comp why spend more? Besides there's a certain fun factor in building custom and trying to make the most with the least: its a fun challenge to say the least.

Take the challenge and you'll see the appeal.
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