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$150 for a CPU, Motherboard, and Storage?

PizzaPenguin
  • 70 months ago

I have a MicroATX case, 400W PSU, 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM (2x2GB), and an Optical Drive already, from an old computer. I need to make a new (very cheap) computer to do very basic things like web-browsing, school work, and from time to time, some very light gaming (games like Minecraft, Terraria, etc.). How will this do, and are there any easy improvements I can make? By the way, I'm not going to get a GPU right now.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3240 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor $55.29 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.49 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $148.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-07 18:28 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont see why it wouldnt be bad for you. It obviously wont be too good for gaming but for basic stuff, itll be fine.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks fine for the basic stuff, but unless the motherboard has integrated graphics, I'm pretty sure you'll need to pick up a GPU as well.

I've never played it, but I know Terraria ought to run fine on this, so long as you get the GPU, but if you want to keep it cheap, Minecraft will be cutting it pretty close

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

The Pentium has Intel Integrated graphics. The reason I'm not getting a dedicated GPU right now is because I'd rather save up more money and get a somewhat decent video card than spend, say, $70 right now, and get a card that is fine at first, but will not support me if I ever want to do something a little more graphics intensive. I'll just save up some more money and get one later, when I need it.

I know Minecraft to run fine, even on computer with low end parts like these. I don't really need a solid 60 FPS, because Minecraft isn't the main point of this computer.

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