The $100 PC build Challenge!

#1 Posted by ReefTrigger (91 posts) -

This winter, I will be undertaking a monumental challenge.  I will be attempting to build a computer capable of running Starcraft II on a budget of just $100. 
 
Here are the rules 
 - Freebies are totally OK (i.e. spare parts lying around)
- The PC has to meet the SCII Recommended Requirements  
- Basically my cost < $100         

Any suggestions on parts and such?  I'm probably going with AMD at this point
#2 Edited by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

The operating system cost like a hundred dollars if you bought windows 7, if you don't pirate it. You can't even get a pc from bestbuy for a hundred dollars, maybe add another zero.  
 
You could just upgrade the mobo I suppose and get a new card, recycle the ram, psu if it's high enough and case. It will still cost more than a hundred dollars.

#3 Edited by IncredibleBulk92 (936 posts) -

This just reads like you're trying to beg free stuff off people.  Whatever good luck with that, I'm sure Starcraft 2 will run on xp though.   
 
Don't you have anything to work with? Case? Mouse? Monitor? Keyboard?   
 
EDIT: Your current PC can't be that bad if it can play TF2.  Why don't you just post your specs and let us see what you have to work with.  I doubt you need a whole new rig.

#4 Posted by PDC_Emulator (184 posts) -
@IncredibleBulk92 said:
" This just reads like you're trying to beg free stuff off people.  Whatever good luck with that, I'm sure Starcraft 2 will run on xp though.    Don't you have anything to work with? Case? Mouse? Monitor? Keyboard?    EDIT: Your current PC can't be that bad if it can play TF2.  Why don't you just post your specs and let us see what you have to work with.  I doubt you need a whole new rig. "
This. You can spend $100 on any one component for a PC, let alone an entire rig.
#5 Posted by LiquidPrince (16119 posts) -
@ReefTrigger: What do you have to work with right now?
#6 Posted by SSully (4276 posts) -

If you send me 100 dollars ill send you words of encouragement and belief. That's worth much more then a new rig. 

#7 Posted by Marz (5666 posts) -

not gonna happen, unless you bought a stolen PC from some shady guys in the alley.

#8 Posted by PenguinDust (12601 posts) -

I just bought a new HDD for my mom's computer and that alone was $37, more than a third of your budget.  I think you could do it for $300 or maybe even $250, but $100?  You aren't going to actually buy much of the stuff in the build. 

#9 Posted by Ryax (4630 posts) -

ha. building an entire PC out of $100? 
 
good luck with that

#10 Posted by ReefTrigger (91 posts) -

Yeah, the PC is going to a friend, I myself have a fairly nice PC right now (core i7 860, 4870 etc.)
Basically I need to come up with a mobo, graphics card, and proc for $100, because I'm pretty sure I can come up with the other stuff from the box of spare parts in the basement.

#11 Posted by InfamousBIG (3219 posts) -
@Ryax said:
" ha. building an entire PC out of $100?  good luck with that "
Let alone a computer that runs SCII recommended requirements? 
 
Are you fucking stupid?
#12 Posted by ReefTrigger (91 posts) -

SCII recommended spec is only like 8800, 2.4 ghz dual core.  Honestly its not that bad.
 
@IncredibleBulk92 said:

" This just reads like you're trying to beg free stuff off people.  Whatever good luck with that, I'm sure Starcraft 2 will run on xp though.    Don't you have anything to work with? Case? Mouse? Monitor? Keyboard?    EDIT: Your current PC can't be that bad if it can play TF2.  Why don't you just post your specs and let us see what you have to work with.  I doubt you need a whole new rig. "

What I meant by freebies was that I wont be BUYING every single component of this build, not that I want free stuff from people.
#13 Posted by pwnasaurus (1286 posts) -

cannot be done. simple as that.

#14 Posted by ReefTrigger (91 posts) -

That's what makes it a challenge dude.
 Spare parts I plan to use:
- case
- power supply
- RAM
- hard drive (wiped of course)
 
Stuff to buy for $100
- mobo
- proc
- graphics card
 
With the aid of the weekly micro center add I might be able to pull this off.
 
 SC2 Recommended specs

  • Windows Vista®/Windows® 7   <- This is going to be XP because I have a license lying around somewhere
  • Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better
#15 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (936 posts) -
@ReefTrigger said:
What I meant by freebies was that I wont be BUYING every single component of this build, not that I want free stuff from people. "
Sorry mate you'll have to clarify that for me.  I didn't really mean to accuse you of begging for free stuff (although that is exactly what I said) but it seems like you've just said you don't want free stuff but you won't buy everything.  Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. 
 
For my money your either going to have to lift a lot out of your spares parts box or up your friends budget.  I don't think that $100 is enough to buy a dual core let alone everything else you'll need.
#16 Posted by EpicSteve (6495 posts) -

Does software count?

#17 Posted by ReefTrigger (91 posts) -
@IncredibleBulk92 said:
" @ReefTrigger said:
What I meant by freebies was that I wont be BUYING every single component of this build, not that I want free stuff from people. "
Sorry mate you'll have to clarify that for me.  I didn't really mean to accuse you of begging for free stuff (although that is exactly what I said) but it seems like you've just said you don't want free stuff but you won't buy everything.  Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.  For my money your either going to have to lift a lot out of your spares parts box or up your friends budget.  I don't think that $100 is enough to buy a dual core let alone everything else you'll need. "
what I mean by that is I will use stuff lying around the house, so not everything will be new, but I'm not asking for donations.
 Pretty sure this weeks Microcenter ad has a special $69.99 for a Quad core AMD + free motherboard (Don't know how much of that was rebates though 
@EpicSteve said:
" Does software count? "
no
#18 Posted by PDC_Emulator (184 posts) -

You're really going to have a tough time getting what you want for $100. You also need to make sure your spare parts are even going to be compatible with the newer hardware you are purchasing. Most newer motherboards require at least DD2 RAM, and any newer video cards may require a decent power supply as well as the appropriate connectors.

#19 Posted by Driadon (3012 posts) -
#20 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (936 posts) -
@ReefTrigger: Oh depending on how much useful crap you have lying around you could be fine then.  I have a couple of spare things lying around but building a SC2 capable PC is still about £250 away for me.  At least.
#21 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

Without downloading illegal software and being a fucking scrounging bastard this is impossible.  There is no way in hell you can do it for $100.  Thats like me saying I can build a car for $100, buying some tires for $60, a new steering wheel for $40 and then getting a free car from my friend. 

#22 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Save up your money instead for a decent computer.

#23 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

Or one can get a job, and purchase somehting better?... ; )

#24 Posted by Suicidal_SNiper (949 posts) -
@Marz said:
" not gonna happen, unless you bought a stolen PC from some shady guys in the alley. "
This is the only way possible to be able to play at recommended specs for under 100$.
#25 Posted by Jayzz (592 posts) -

get a job.

#26 Posted by nukesniper (1312 posts) -
@ReefTrigger said:
" Stuff to buy for $100
- mobo
- proc
- graphics card   
Pick one of those, and put in another $50, and you might be able to get one of them.
#27 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Dude, a PS2 (10 year old console) is $100. You're going to have to shell out a bit more to play a modern PC game, even if you have some parts already. You haven't even listed out the parts so how could anyone recommend something without knowing it's compatible or not? You didn't think this through did you?

#28 Posted by ReefTrigger (91 posts) -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103677  
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138111
 
 OK I understand that this is about $90 including shipping for these two, however this is at newegg.  Micro center/frys will have better deals on regularly, but basically the only way to see those is through their ads.
 
I haven't listed the parts because I am not currently sitting in front of them.   But it should be sufficient to say that the Power Supply is in the neighborhood of 400W and the RAM is DDR2.  Case supports ATX.  nuff said. 
 
@all the people saying "get a job" thats not the point.  I have a good pc already, and am preforming this partially as a thought  experiment, and partially for a friend.
#29 Posted by Driadon (3012 posts) -
@ReefTrigger: I think it's mostly from people assuming the impossible/only reading the thread title. Good luck, dude, you're going to need it :P
#30 Posted by FusionVortex (26 posts) -

I'm not sure you can build a "gaming" PC for $100. Maximum PC has a very good $500 build (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_pc_play_crysis_40fps). In that build, there are certain things that you can downgrade (such as the video card, the motherboard, and the case), but I don't see how you can get it down to $100. Tom's hardware has a solid $300 PC (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265143-31-hardcore-budget-gaming). It's not the best, but it gets the job done. 
 
I'll try and get back to you, hopefully with some good info.
#31 Posted by atombrain (47 posts) -

This is totally possible. Come back in ten years to find out how!

#32 Posted by Evilmetal (468 posts) -
SC2 requirements:
PC: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card or better
 
It could be done. Other than registering for contests....
 
You can check out local universities. A university local to me has a surplus store. In the past it was cheap, but the last time I checked their pricing, some months ago, they have increased the prices.

  http://www.dumblittleman.com/2006/11/university-and-government-surplus.html   (this is an old posting I found it moments ago, but just to assist you. It may not list a university near you but if gives you an idea of how to search for a surplus store near you.)
 
These systems don't have graphics power, you'd most likely have to buy one from ebay. I saw a 6600GT 128mb for $30 with shipping.
 
If you are a Computer/Engineering student you may have access to free software (including the OS).
#33 Posted by Malika (1 posts) -

@reeftrigger: i recently buy a core 2 duo tower 1.86 ghz with 1 gb ram 80 gb sata harddrive dvd rom with an 17'' hp lcd with built in speakers monitor keyboard mouse power cables and lcd video cable in just 100 dollars

#34 Posted by VACkillers (1075 posts) -

not worth it, and not possible anyway... even on ebay the ones that 115-149$ range still dont meet the requirements of SCII.....

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