Need cheap computer for games


Jun 23, 2012
I need to buy/build a computer that will support both EVE Online and Star Wars the Old Republic. I'm new to computers and am swithcing from console to PC gaming. I have a TV that also is able to function as a monitor but other than that I"m starting from scratch. Also this is on a budget so whatever will get the job done at the lowest cost.

Star Wars the Old Republic System Requirements:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better or Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better
Operating System:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Windows XP: 1.5GB
Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB
PCs using a built-in graphical chipset are recommended to have 2GB RAM
Graphics Card:
ATI X1800 or better*
nVidia 7800 or better*
Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
8x or better
*Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support.

EVE Online Requirements:
Minimum System Requirements: •OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
•CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD @ 1,5 Ghz or greater which supports SSE2
•RAM: XP (SP2) – 1 GB / Vista – 1.5 GB
•HD space: 20Gb Free Space
•Network: DSL connection or faster
•Video:ATI X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or higher graphics card with 128 MB of Video RAM* which supports Shader Model 3
•Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
•DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.
*Note that older graphics cards such as the Nvidia 6000 series may work but is not officially supported

Recommended system configuration for running EVE Online: •OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
•CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 Ghz or greater which supports SSE2
•RAM: 2 GB
•HD space: 20Gb Free Space
•Network: ADSL connection or faster
•Video: ATi Radeon 5750 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
•Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
•DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.
The minimum screen resolution for EVE is 1024x768.
Audio hardware must support SSE and be Direct Sound compatible. For optimum performance, use latest drivers available.
Please note that Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and 2000 are not supported.


You should tell us what your budget is because it will help to recommend a system for you. At tirger direct they have barebone kits where you buy all the parts/kit and put it to gether your self.

It is really easy to put a rig to gether in 3 to 4 hours and youtube has all kind of videos on how to build your rig. I will link you to everything so you can get started. Good luck to you.

The next two links are to a site where you can play around and build your own you don't have to buy either. It is a learning tool to help you.


Jun 23, 2012
I didn't see this message till recently. My current budget is around $400-500, but could go higher if needed. Right now I have a TOSHIBA Satellite A215 laptop. My friend said I may also be able to get by with a Dell Inspiron 660 and a Hd6670.


Jan 26, 2013
PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($197.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $647.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 23:29 EDT-0400)

Good budget CPU, and the 7850 will play most games on high.