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Best $250 light gaming/everyday use pc

D2RAW

61 months ago

I came up with a couple of builds for a lower budget. A lot of people have been asking me if I could make them a pc that they could use to browse the web, and let their kids play some minecraft or cs:go on. What are your thoughts on these? Could you do any better for the price?

Intel version: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor $54.49 @ Directron
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.99 @ Directron
Memory Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $33.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.20 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card $64.99 @ Micro Center
Case Logisys CS206BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply $28.08 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $245.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-16 09:52 EST-0500

AMD version: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $97.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus A78M-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $37.97 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.20 @ Amazon
Case Logisys CS369BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply $39.21 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $229.36
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-16 10:01 EST-0500

I'm leaning towards the apu a bit... But what do you think?

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The first build would give more bang for your buck. My only gripe is the power supplies. Those are not good PSUs. Unreliable and have the potential to take all your components with it. So if anybody asks for one of these, I'd suggest them adding on another 40-50 dollars for a higher quality power supply.

Also, the APU build is not optimal. APUs like having a good amount of memory, and high speed memory.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor $79.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard *Asus A78M-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $34.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.20 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $24.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $239.15
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-16 10:56 EST-0500

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