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Cheap Computer Needed

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  1. CoolerMaster

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    I have a dell dimension xps r400. I want to get a pretty inexpensive computer that will run cs and warcraft 3 so i can do some lan games. I think i will need mostly new parts since the r400 is prettu outdated. I was think i can still used the cd-rom drive and the hard drive though. So what is the cheapest kind of computer i can get that will run those games pretty well?

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    Not sure what your doing are you trying to use the r400 case, psu, fdd, hdd, cdrom, i mean what new parts are you planning on buying?
     
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    well im thinking of keeping the hard drive and the optical drive. Other than that im not really attached to anything. I think i would like to get a new everything else probably. The other stuff in it is not really all that good. I could use the case and maybe the psu,200 watss :{. Well I would probably like to spend under 500 and if possible under 400. I really just want it to be able to play games like CS and warcraft and stuff so i can do lan games with my other computer. I've been looking on newegg, but im not sure what the best method is to get a cheap computer. Sorry for being so vague in my first post, but i was a little rushed for time.

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    the first thing i would do is start researching the hardware requirements for the various games you are planning on, gaming machines are usually much more money than $500, just a video card can cost that much. In general, an AMD XP2500+ barton, with 512DDR PC3200 ram and a decent video card, i.e. ATI Sapphire 9600XT or pro, or better should play the games your mentioning. For a case i like a medium priced Antec with a 350 to 400watt psu, dont go cheapy on the psu get an Antec, Enermax, Enlight, Coolmax, Sparkle Power, what i mean is don't buy a $25 case/psu combo. for moboz, i like Asus, Abit, Gigabyte, a few others, not pchips, asrock. My son just built a pc reusing all his old drives for about $300 w/o the video card so you should be able to make a pretty good one in that $500 range, just don't expect the performance of a $3000 Alienware gaming pc.
     
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    I actually have a $3000 one that i built this summer, so this one is going to be more of a secondary computer. Hehe. But i was think of the 9800 pro or something (<$200 on newegg) I'm hoping that i can get it from ebay for a bit less because i spent all my money on the other computer. Well thanks for the help.

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    What about one of those barebones shuttle pcs? Would they save me some money?
     
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    Yeah, the 9800 is at a nice price range now
     
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