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

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July 1, 2013 4:41:24 AM

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

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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 5:03:15 AM

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)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 5:15:34 AM

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
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July 1, 2013 7:26:56 AM

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!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 1, 2013 4:40:45 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2013 6:13:09 AM

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
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