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LifeOnMars - The eBay Project £300 AMD Build in 3 Months

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Hi everyone. A few people know me on here, alot of you don't. Here's a bit of background for you and I'll try to keep it brief:) I've basically had a bad time of it in the past three years. In Jan 2007 I lost my Dad to cancer, he was a lovely man and as a close family it hit us hard, I suffered from depression following this and to tell the truth I think I'm only just snapping out of it. As a result of the depression I suffered at work and had to leave. This put pressure on my girlfriend and I financially and in November 08 we had our home repossessed. We found a room that we could afford to rent, I managed to get another job and things were looking up. I managed to get a budget gaming rig together, gaming is a release for me. Then we had our room burgled and the rig was stolen along with other items, shortly after this I lost my job ( reoccurring depression) We decide to make a move down to the South coast of the UK to an area I spent alot of time in as a kid on holidays. We currently have a room in a shared flat and it's not too bad but I'm still not working.

It's time for me to sort my life out and get over this depression. I'm actively looking for work now and I'm going to make sure that we both get the life we deserve. Alongside this I'm setting myself this project. A full gaming rig, all bought from eBay on a budget of........

£300!!!

In 3 Months - DEADLINE DATE MARCH 9th 2010


I have an xbox 360 20gb which I've just been running through a 15"SD TV :) This xbox will be my first sale on eBay to get the first funds to buy components with. I will update this thread with any news as it happens i.e. I got a job, or made a purchase etc....Below are the minimum specs that I must adhere to in this challenge. So here's to getting back on my feet and getting back into proper gaming:toast: It's going to be fun :)

A Well Known Case
A Well known PSU of 450w or over
An AM3 motherboard with 710/750 SB
AM3 CPU with at least 3 cores
4 GB RAM at least 1333mhz speed
At least a 500GB 16mb Cache Hard Drive
A DVDRW Drive
A Graphics Card capable of playing at the below resolution capably with 1GB VRAM
At least a 22" monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution minimum
A keyboard

I already have a mouse:laugh:
 

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#2
Good luck! There was a well publicised case of a person trading a red paper clip all the way up to a house.
 
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#3
Man you have had a run of bad luck. It is time for change. Good luck with the Gaming rig and I look forward to seeing pics of it.
 

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Yeah good luck with it. If I see any deals I'l post them to you.
 

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Thanks mate. Loving your build by the way, when are you going to update your thread with pics of the complete build?
When I find the usb cable for the camera :eek: When i got back from plymouth it was gone and my phone is broke so we don't have any camera :(
 

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I wish you all the luck in the world with this! I hope things work out for the best!
 
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Sorry about your lose and bad luck in recent times, hope things get better! I've lost relatives, cousins and close friends in the past, and I know how it feels. I really hope you achieve your goal and can start gaming again!

Best of luck!
 
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#12
man your doing the almost impossible lol you would have to search for best deals for ages,its possible for the rig to be £300 but including monitor to be £300 that make it even harder.
 
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man your doing the almost impossible lol you would have to search for best deals for ages,its possible for the rig to be £300 but including monitor to be £300 that make it even harder.
I know :) But that's the challenge and I will do it !! LOL. Also, there is the possibility of buying a bargain on ebay, selling it on ebay for a profit and buying a component for free with the profits :)
 
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How much would you pay for an antec p180 ?
 
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Im sorry for your loss, it must of been really hard, I can't even imagine how it felt, but anyways I hope you achieve a better life, a life that you deserve man, and as for the rig goodluck with it, I wish I could help you.:toast:

PS. It would be nice if everyone had some spare cash lying around in their paypal account to help this dude out, I mean $5 or $10 can be really helpful if a lot of ppl pitched in, might sound weird to some ppl but who cares, i cant imagine what it would of been like to have such badluck:banghead:, and helping another person out is always rewarding, well thats just my opinion:)
 
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Im sorry for your loss, it must of been really hard, I can't even imagine how it felt, but anyways I hope you achieve a better life, a life that you deserve man, and as for the rig goodluck with it, I wish I could help you.:toast:

PS. It would be nice if everyone had some spare cash lying around in their paypal account to help this dude out, I mean $5 or $10 can be really helpful if a lot of ppl pitched in, might sound weird to some ppl but who cares, i cant imagine what it would of been like to have such badluck:banghead:, and helping another person out is always rewarding, well thats just my opinion:)
Hey Chaos thanks for your kind words mate. Luckily I've got a great girlfriend who has been an absolute rock but to be honest, death is part of life and its how we deal with it that matters. I'm not afraid to say I dealt with it badly but I'm seriously coming out of the other side. On a plus note, I have now been forcing myself to get out more and tackle things, even if it's just going out for a walk or whatever. I have a possible interview lined up for early January so things are looking up already :)

In regard to your PS note buddy, thats really lovely of you to say but I have to sort myself out and that would be cheating :) There are far more deserving people out there who could do with a couple of dollars/pounds whatever but thanks again.
 
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Hey Chaos thanks for your kind words mate. Luckily I've got a great girlfriend who has been an absolute rock but to be honest, death is part of life and its how we deal with it that matters. I'm not afraid to say I dealt with it badly but I'm seriously coming out of the other side. On a plus note, I have now been forcing myself to get out more and tackle things, even if it's just going out for a walk or whatever. I have a possible interview lined up for early January so things are looking up already :)

In regard to your PS note buddy, thats really lovely of you to say but I have to sort myself out and that would be cheating :) There are far more deserving people out there who could do with a couple of dollars/pounds whatever but thanks again.


No worries man, I wish all the best for ya, cheers:toast:
 

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Nice cases I think but probably well out of my price range for this challenge. I like the look of the P180 mini but I'm probably gonna keep my eye out for an el cheapo Antec 300 and hope I get a bargain :)
I've got a spare one I'm not using at all ? How much would you like it to cost ?
 

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i know it's not well known... but i hear this is a good case

and a good CPU
 
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i've only just stumbled on this thread and i'd like to say to you, LifeOn Mars, thank you for opening and sharing with us. i think it's a sign of the maturity of the people on this forum that you can share intimate details without having to be embarrassed and know that we'll help and support you.

as for your eBay challenge, good luck to you! there are many wonderful deals to be had if you persevere. though i think 3 months is a little optimistic (this just me) but if you can get trading quickly, you'll pull it off.
it's a shame you've restricted yourself to just eBay as i know of great deals to be had in computer fairs (if there are any near you); cases costing £15 and 500W PSUs for a tenner!
 
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i've only just stumbled on this thread and i'd like to say to you, LifeOn Mars, thank you for opening and sharing with us. i think it's a sign of the maturity of the people on this forum that you can share intimate details without having to be embarrassed and know that we'll help and support you.

as for your eBay challenge, good luck to you! there are many wonderful deals to be had if you persevere. though i think 3 months is a little optimistic (this just me) but if you can get trading quickly, you'll pull it off.
it's a shame you've restricted yourself to just eBay as i know of great deals to be had in computer fairs (if there are any near you); cases costing £15 and 500W PSUs for a tenner!
ohh he's only buying off ebay?
damn i shoulda read this thread fully :laugh:
 
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Massive Update :)

Hi guys I have fantastic news:D I now own a gaming PC (well, end of January) I recieved Xmas money from my family early as I'm not seeing them this year and have obviously been looking on eBay so decided to have a look at any gaming rigs going in my area. I found one that I felt had solid components and tried my arm at bidding (all the while asking him loads of questions lol). I won it for £450 and here's what it's got inside it -

Q6600 GO 2.4Ghz quad-core processor which he runs @3.6 but says it has more in it
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 motherboard
Inno3D GTX 260(216) OC 896 MB Nvidia graphics card
4GB (2x2GB) OCZ Titanium DDR2 (PC2-6400) 800MHz memory
500GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA2 Hard Drive
Creative Extreme Gamer X-fi soundcard
Scythe Ninja Plus CPU Cooler
Antec P182 black metal case
Corsair HX620W 620W Modular Power Supply
Samsung DVD-RW
Multi-card reader
5xAkasa 120mm fans (very quiet)
9 USB + 1 Firewire port

Now don't get me wrong I know it's somewhat dated by TPU standards but you have to understand that I have a massive backlot of games that I want to get through dating back from basically 2002 to now so I'm thinking 1920x1200 gaming for all the older titles and then dropping that somewhat for more modern titles. I think for £450 I'm going to get more than my money's worth :) And the components give a solid base for a swapout of the motherboard and processor when I want to upgrade at which point I'll go for a full on DX 11 setup. He's agreed I can pay £300 this month and the remaining £150 next month at which point I should be able to also purchase a 1920x1200 monitor and a keyboard to complete it:rockout:

I also have a job:eek: and it starts beginning of January so I can't keep the smile off my face.

Just want to say thankyou so much to people for their kind words and generosity. You are all stars and I'll be sure to let you know how it performs when I get it.

Cheers:toast:

Big shout out to Dr.Pepper who had offered me his spare Antec P180 case for £30. Top Man
 
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