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May 29, 2013 6:04:49 AM

I am on the lookout for a new desktop computer because my old laptop I had hooked up to a monitor failed on me. I am only 13 so I don't have the kind of money you need for a big gaming rig or I am not knowledgeable in how to build my own PC. I am looking for the best pre-made desktop PC I can buy for under $400. I want to be able to play my favorite game Minecraft on max quality along with at least moderate graphics quality on games like portal 2 without any FPS issues. Is there a way to make this happen? Please remember I am not willing to go over $400 and closer to $300 would be best. Thanks and please help me!

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May 29, 2013 6:08:14 AM

go for assembled...u'll get a better deal
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May 29, 2013 6:13:57 AM

jinayhvora said:
go for assembled...u'll get a better deal


Yes, I want a PC that is pre-built/already assembled
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May 29, 2013 6:16:58 AM

i am saying select the components and build it yourself...u'll get a much more powerful system for the same price
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May 29, 2013 6:24:36 AM

jinayhvora said:
i am saying select the components and build it yourself...u'll get a much more powerful system for the same price


I don't really know how to build my own PC. Is there enough help on the Internet and Youtube to get me through the building process?
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May 29, 2013 6:29:15 AM

MountainDrew329 said:
I am on the lookout for a new desktop computer because my old laptop I had hooked up to a monitor failed on me. I am only 13 so I don't have the kind of money you need for a big gaming rig or I am not knowledgeable in how to build my own PC. I am looking for the best pre-made desktop PC I can buy for under $400. I want to be able to play my favorite game Minecraft on max quality along with at least moderate graphics quality on games like portal 2 without any FPS issues. Is there a way to make this happen? Please remember I am not willing to go over $400 and closer to $300 would be best. Thanks and please help me!


I was 12 when i made my first pc. i've been making them my whole life. You're never too young to learn this. I actually learned how to do it with my dad's help... but you can learn online these days. don't sell yourself short... as any machine you make from 300-400 will be much superior to anything you can buy (new) in that price range.
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May 29, 2013 6:30:02 AM

yes there are enough videos on youtube....or u can select ur components and get a professional assemble them....still more cost effective than a pre-assembled one
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May 29, 2013 6:33:50 AM

ingtar33 said:
MountainDrew329 said:
I am on the lookout for a new desktop computer because my old laptop I had hooked up to a monitor failed on me. I am only 13 so I don't have the kind of money you need for a big gaming rig or I am not knowledgeable in how to build my own PC. I am looking for the best pre-made desktop PC I can buy for under $400. I want to be able to play my favorite game Minecraft on max quality along with at least moderate graphics quality on games like portal 2 without any FPS issues. Is there a way to make this happen? Please remember I am not willing to go over $400 and closer to $300 would be best. Thanks and please help me!


I was 12 when i made my first pc. i've been making them my whole life. You're never too young to learn this. I actually learned how to do it with my dad's help... but you can learn online these days. don't sell yourself short... as any machine you make from 300-400 will be much superior to anything you can buy (new) in that price range.


Thanks for your opinion! I might be able to convince my dad to help me build one.
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May 29, 2013 6:36:05 AM

jinayhvora said:
yes there are enough videos on youtube....or u can select ur components and get a professional assemble them....still more cost effective than a pre-assembled one


Where would be somewhere where a pro would help us? Just in case we get stuck. And do you know any certain youtubers who could best help me?
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May 29, 2013 6:46:37 AM

MountainDrew329 said:
jinayhvora said:
yes there are enough videos on youtube....or u can select ur components and get a professional assemble them....still more cost effective than a pre-assembled one


Where would be somewhere where a pro would help us? Just in case we get stuck. And do you know any certain youtubers who could best help me?

just search on youtube for how to assemble a PC...you'll find many videos....thy're all more or less the same...or u can like select ur components and give the list to a pro who will buy them and assemble it for u
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May 29, 2013 7:04:31 AM

On top of that, you won't find a gaming PC, pre-assembled for $400, actually the budget is pretty tight, even for a home build.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The graphics on the AMD A6-5400k paired with super fast DDR3-1866 memory should be able to provide graphics for what you wanting to do. All of this is for under $400. And you are looking at a better quality build then some pre-built system.
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May 29, 2013 7:45:51 AM

mattius92 said:
On top of that, you won't find a gaming PC, pre-assembled for $400, actually the budget is pretty tight, even for a home build.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The graphics on the AMD A6-5400k paired with super fast DDR3-1866 memory should be able to provide graphics for what you wanting to do. All of this is for under $400. And you are looking at a better quality build then some pre-built system.


Thanks for your advice!
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May 29, 2013 8:05:37 AM

MountainDrew329 said:
jinayhvora said:
yes there are enough videos on youtube....or u can select ur components and get a professional assemble them....still more cost effective than a pre-assembled one


Where would be somewhere where a pro would help us? Just in case we get stuck. And do you know any certain youtubers who could best help me?


MountainDrew329 said:
mattius92 said:
On top of that, you won't find a gaming PC, pre-assembled for $400, actually the budget is pretty tight, even for a home build.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The graphics on the AMD A6-5400k paired with super fast DDR3-1866 memory should be able to provide graphics for what you wanting to do. All of this is for under $400. And you are looking at a better quality build then some pre-built system.


Thanks for your advice!


That still doesn't include an operating system or keyboard/mouse. You need those things too.
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May 29, 2013 8:08:41 AM

It does have an operating system, look at the list. And he still have $30 left over in his budget for a mouse and keyboard.
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May 29, 2013 8:15:41 AM

already has a monitor, re-read the initial post. and yes, it DOES include the OS
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May 29, 2013 8:43:39 AM

I do have a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse. Also speakers if you're wondering...
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May 29, 2013 8:47:13 AM

Then you are all set, if you need help with the building process, we are here to help. I have built 5 computers, and 3 gaming computers. So I will gladly help you with your questions
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May 29, 2013 8:51:30 AM

mattius92 said:
Then you are all set, if you need help with the building process, we are here to help. I have built 5 computers, and 3 gaming computers. So I will gladly help you with your questions


Thanks, mattius92! I will be sure to write down your name so I can contact you for any questions! :pt1cable: 
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May 29, 2013 9:03:07 AM

Sorry. I don't know how I missed that. But I do have a suggestion. If you live close to a micro center store you can get crazy good deals computer parts. You might be able to build a slightly better one.
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May 29, 2013 9:06:42 AM

theonerm2 said:
Sorry. I don't know how I missed that. But I do have a suggestion. If you live close to a micro center store you can get crazy good deals computer parts. You might be able to build a slightly better one.


I will check to see if I have one of those stores locally! Thanks! :pt1cable: 
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May 29, 2013 9:09:50 AM

theonerm2 said:
Sorry. I don't know how I missed that. But I do have a suggestion. If you live close to a micro center store you can get crazy good deals computer parts. You might be able to build a slightly better one.

Nope, no micro center stores where I live. Should I order online from them and bother with shipping?
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May 29, 2013 9:23:34 AM

MountainDrew329 said:
theonerm2 said:
Sorry. I don't know how I missed that. But I do have a suggestion. If you live close to a micro center store you can get crazy good deals computer parts. You might be able to build a slightly better one.

Nope, no micro center stores where I live. Should I order online from them and bother with shipping?


Well.. The best deals are in-store pickup only...
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May 29, 2013 9:36:54 AM

If you can't actually go to the store, then don't worry about them, just follow the parts list I sent you, that is where you will find the cheapest parts online.
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May 29, 2013 9:44:19 AM

mattius92 said:
If you can't actually go to the store, then don't worry about them, just follow the parts list I sent you, that is where you will find the cheapest parts online.


Okay sure, should I try to find the parts you sent me on the micro center website?
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May 29, 2013 9:50:39 AM

If you can find them for comparable prices then sure.
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May 29, 2013 9:56:24 AM

mattius92 said:
On top of that, you won't find a gaming PC, pre-assembled for $400, actually the budget is pretty tight, even for a home build.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The graphics on the AMD A6-5400k paired with super fast DDR3-1866 memory should be able to provide graphics for what you wanting to do. All of this is for under $400. And you are looking at a better quality build then some pre-built system.


I noticed there is no mention of a graphics card. I've heard of them being integrated... Does that mean they are included in the CPU? Sorry I am really a beginner at this stuff so I don't understand everything.
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May 29, 2013 10:01:35 AM

Yes, the AMD A6-5400k has a integrated GPU, however it comparable to a $50-60 video card. AMD APUs have decent GPUs built in... paired with DDR3-1866 RAM, you will be able to run Minecraft and Portal no problem.

The GPU is a AMD 7540D
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May 29, 2013 10:07:53 AM

mattius92 said:
Yes, the AMD A6-5400k has a integrated GPU, however it comparable to a $50-60 video card. AMD APUs have decent GPUs built in... paired with DDR3-1866 RAM, you will be able to run Minecraft and Portal no problem.

The GPU is a AMD 7540D


Is $50-60 range a good quality GPU? Like, what is it on a level of 1 to 10? Sorry for so many questions....:pt1cable: 
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May 29, 2013 10:24:20 AM

mattius92 said:
Yes, the AMD A6-5400k has a integrated GPU, however it comparable to a $50-60 video card. AMD APUs have decent GPUs built in... paired with DDR3-1866 RAM, you will be able to run Minecraft and Portal no problem.

The GPU is a AMD 7540D

Also, I'm a little concerned about the AMD A6-5400k after watching this video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCUYXUoYrQE
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May 29, 2013 11:21:57 AM

MountainDrew329 said:
mattius92 said:
Yes, the AMD A6-5400k has a integrated GPU, however it comparable to a $50-60 video card. AMD APUs have decent GPUs built in... paired with DDR3-1866 RAM, you will be able to run Minecraft and Portal no problem.

The GPU is a AMD 7540D

Also, I'm a little concerned about the AMD A6-5400k after watching this video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCUYXUoYrQE

Yes, it is pretty slow but if you want a better computer you need more money. I recommend at least spending $600 for a gaming PC. $300-400 is hardly doable. You would be better off getting a console if that's all you have.
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May 29, 2013 12:17:40 PM

MountainDrew329 said:
mattius92 said:
Yes, the AMD A6-5400k has a integrated GPU, however it comparable to a $50-60 video card. AMD APUs have decent GPUs built in... paired with DDR3-1866 RAM, you will be able to run Minecraft and Portal no problem.

The GPU is a AMD 7540D


Is $50-60 range a good quality GPU? Like, what is it on a level of 1 to 10? Sorry for so many questions....:pt1cable: 


I wouldn't describe it as a good quality GPU. It's just there to play very basic games and mid-level game at low settings. That's a function of your budget -- it's the correct recommendation for the price. As others said, with what comes to a $300 budget after operating system, you would be better off getting a PS3/XBox360 or saving a little for the next generation consoles later this year.



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August 1, 2013 8:29:44 PM

mattius92 said:
On top of that, you won't find a gaming PC, pre-assembled for $400, actually the budget is pretty tight, even for a home build.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The graphics on the AMD A6-5400k paired with super fast DDR3-1866 memory should be able to provide graphics for what you wanting to do. All of this is for under $400. And you are looking at a better quality build then some pre-built system.

Don't you need a Video Card?

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September 13, 2013 8:35:57 AM

Buettner said:
mattius92 said:
On top of that, you won't find a gaming PC, pre-assembled for $400, actually the budget is pretty tight, even for a home build.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $371.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The graphics on the AMD A6-5400k paired with super fast DDR3-1866 memory should be able to provide graphics for what you wanting to do. All of this is for under $400. And you are looking at a better quality build then some pre-built system.

Don't you need a Video Card?



Nope, the A6-5600K is an Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU for short. That basically means it has graphics built into the processor, making it both the CPU and the GPU of the system. :) 
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December 4, 2013 3:05:18 PM

Will this pc be able to run dayz above 20 FPS?
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