Building a gaming computer < $300


Aug 8, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: A month or so.

Budget Range: $250 or so; the less, the better. On an extreme budget.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light gaming, general internet activities. Nothing too insane.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, CD drive, speakers, keyboard, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Parts Preferences: Going to be using an AMD CPU so....

Overclocking: Yes

Additional Comments: Want something simple and cheap. I know this won't be an AMAZING computer -- but I've been playing games like WoW on a Dell Laptop on low settings with a horrible FPS. I am going to be AMAZED if I can even turn the graphics up to medium, so I am not expecting more than I will get from this! I'm not planning anything too hardcore for this. Even if some of you with crazy expensive computers do not think it will be AMAZING, I probably will find it incredible. Haha.

Here are the parts I have picked out. I am new to this, so PLEASE let me know if they will not fit together, or if something around the same price/cheaper will be better for me! Thank you so much!

AMD ADX250OCGMBOX Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor - 3.00GHz, Socket AM3, 2MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s), Retail

MSI NF725GM-P31 AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 7025 & nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Video card:
XFX nVidia GeForce 9500GT 1 GB DDR2 VGA/DVI/HDTV PCI-Express Video Card PVT95GZAFG

Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency, 1.5V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Intel XMP Ready

Hard drive:
Seagate ST3500413AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 500GB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 16MB

Case + psu:
10-Bay ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/550W 20+4-pin PSU (Black/Red)

Thanks again!


Aug 7, 2011
Here's something that will perform better and at that same $300 price.
Crucial Ballistix 4GB - $25
Sapphire 5670 - $65
Biostar N68S3+ - $45
Gigabyte SGCC Black - $32
Cooler Master 460W - $33
Athlon II x2 250 - $60
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $40

Comes out to $300. This will perform better at games because of the 5670. I'd recommend this build over yours because of that really cheap Case+PSU combo, you don't want a cheap case nor, a cheap PSU. If you want, you can use everything in your build (If you trust that cheap PSU), but I really recommend you drop that 8GB to the 4GB RAM, and get the 5670 instead of that GT 430.

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Overclocked Toaster

May 5, 2011
Just realize at that budget, you will spend more money in the long run than if you bought something around $500. That is becuase it will be obsolete much more quickly and will need to be replaced soon. Also if you go for something around $500 you will get much more performance/dollar. of course if all you want to play is WoW then maybe the long run does not matter to you.