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have several computer parts+400 usd, want to build a midrange gaming pc.

Hi, this is my first time building a gaming pc. As stated in the title, I have the computer parts listed below and around 400 dollars for upgrades and a good case. I was wondering which parts I should use, which cheap case I can buy, and which parts should I upgrade to play modern games at mid-high settings?

Parts I Have:


2.8GHz AMD Athlon X2 5400 processor (1MB L2 Cache)
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE graphics with TurboCache(integrated)
4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 RAM
500GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive
160W power supply

Thanks!
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  1. Best answer
    Well, the HDD is good and will save you $50. Basically everything else should be replaced.

    EDIT: Do you need an OS?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $409.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 08:08 EDT-0400)
  2. I agree - also have some other qualifying questions. Do you need an operating system? Do you need a Monitor, Keyboard & Mouse? Those are a large chunk of your budget. I can spec a decent rig for 500 without those things
  3. Thanks for the help! No, I don't need either a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or operating system. I was wondering however if an i3 would be enough to run modern games? Again, thanks for the quick replies!
  4. It will for the most part, though an i5 would be nice. You'd need to expand the budget somewhat to get one and keep a decent GPU.
  5. Agreed - i3 would become the bottleneck of your system. You could spec a lean rig with an AMD X4 965 and a low/mid range 7000 series card but I would recommend adding another $200 to your budget to allot for a i5 quad core and a 2GB 7870 GPU.

    Here's what that would look like:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ccRb
  6. If you needed to keep your budget near $400, here's your another option:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ctEt
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