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Recommended computer parts on a budget?

My laptop recently had a motherboard failure, and since it's more expensive to fix the motherboard than the original computer, I'm looking to make a new one.

I'm a gamer (League of Legends, Oblivion/Skyrim, Elsword) and am on a $300 budget to make a decent PC. I know it won't be superb with that much money, but what are parts you'd recommend to get for making my own that are usable?

Any help is appreciated.

8 Answers

  • PTRP
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    hi there, well friend as said by the others, $300 for a decent gaming rig is like asking for the moon, so here's what i'll do, I will give you a list of parts that are at the borderline budget ($700-$800) that is necessary to build a PC that would enable you to play all games at mid settings and some on high settings.

    You can use this as a guide of some sort and it's up to you to adjust or change the parts according to your intended budget or if you find similar parts that are cheaper.

    here you go :

    motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $55

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    processor : Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 - $125

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    RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL - $40

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    Video card : EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $135

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    HDD : HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $80

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    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $100

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    casing : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 - $50

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    power supply : CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $60

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    wireless keyboard and mouse - Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse - $29

    DVD writer : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM - $19

    monitor : Hanns·G HZ201DPB Black 20" 5ms WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1 (1,000:1) - $90

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    TOTAL : $783

    I kinda went the extra mile for you to give this build and i wouldn't recommend to you anything lower than these specs since you wanted a decent gaming Rig, this build can play all games at mid settings and some games on high settings, this should do well since the max resolution of the monitor is only 1600x900.

    Glad to help :D

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  • 9 years ago

    $300 from a gaming computer is really hard. most people would spend that much on the CPU and motherboard alone. even a decent GPU would cost a least that.

    skyrim isnt fun on lower settings...

    but i have been able to build a computer (just the case section) for ~300 mostly thanks to microcenter. and most of the stuff was on sale. you need to look at for good ones.

    i3 2100 -$99

    motherboard H61 ~$60

    corsair PSU ~$30

    Gskill DDR3 memory 8gigs ~$30

    case ~$30-50 w/e u want.

    the CPU has a built in graphics its enough to play LOL but not skyrim.

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  • 4 years ago

    Matt said it pretty well. (Thanks Matt) I'd recommend an AMD chip over Intel, simply for the performance-to-dollar ratio. They have ALWAYS been better in that aspect than Intel. You won't get the fastest chip around but if you buy a good AMD chip and set up the system right I guarantee the only place you'll see the difference is in benchmarking programs and your wallet. You can build an excellent system in your budget. You can get a 3.4GHz quad-core Phenom II processor for less than $200 delivered. Add $125 for a Crossfire-capable Asus motherboard and $150 for an HD4870 video card (get two if the budget allows) and you've got plenty left for a good PSU (important with higher-end video cards), RAM and hard drives.

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  • 9 years ago

    A dual or quad core CPU with a clock speed of at least 3Ghz.

    At least 4Gb of RAM (DDR3 is best)

    A decent graphics card. I have a Nvidia GFX 460 which is an older card and I run the game maxed out with no problems. I think u can pick that graphics card up relatively cheaply now.

    At least a SATA 3.0 hard drive (if u can afford it, get the SATA 6.0 hard drive...even if your mainboard can't use the full speed, u might get a newer mainboard later that will)

    U will need a PSU that has enough power to run it all...Try for 600 or 700 watt at least.

    U can pick up cases, keyboards, mice, and even monitors really cheap at flea markets, garage sales, auctions, computer stores that dump old stuff, etc.

    There are two online places that I have had good luck with buying computer parts:


    Both of those sites have United States websites also if u are not in Canada.

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  • Duke
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    You will not have fun playing Skyrim on a $300 computer. $500 maybe, not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker, etc...

    If you want you can email me and I'll help you design a build.

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  • Person
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Not a chance in hell. $300 is about half of what it would take to build something passable, and that's if you already have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

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  • Tigs
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Can't be done. Not unless you have other parts already.

    You would need a


    Power Supply


    Graphics Card





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  • Frank
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    $300 is possible

    A4-3300 (processor w/decent integrated graphics card)

    A75 motherboard

    2-4GB DDR3 memory

    Cheap hard drive

    Brand-name power supply (antec, corsair, pc power and cooling, seasonic, ocz, silverstone, rosewill, fsp, nzxt, thermaltake, kingwin, etc.) minimum 300 watts

    cheap case

    windows 7 home premium oem

    cheap SATA dvd drive

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