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August 14, 2013 5:32:10 PM

I am planning on building a gaming computer. It doesn't sound too hard once I have the parts. I am just wondering what a good build would be on a very limited budget. In all, I could probably spend $400 at the most. I just want it to be good enough for playing games on average settings such as PAYDAY or Saints Row. Thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2013 5:57:10 PM

what parts do you have, any? monitor/dvd-rom drive/keyboard-mouse/power supply/operating system/case....... anything?
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2013 5:57:17 PM

What are the exact parts you'll be needing? Monitor, OS, mouse/keyboard or just the Pc case components? If you need everything, then you are better off buying something from best buy and starting with that because it stretches the budget way TOOOOOO much. Even 400 for just a tower is a little thin, but it can be done.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2013 6:45:56 PM
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1s4hu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1s4hu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1s4hu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.29 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $444.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-14 21:41 EDT-0400)

You get one free game with the 7770 ghz. Never Settle forever Bronze choices are Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Dirt 3 or Dirt Showdown.

This has 75 dollars worth of rebates before final price and does not have tax.

I think this will take care of your needs if you have a monitor and peripherals.

You could lower ram to 4gb to shave 20 to 30 bucks off.
August 14, 2013 8:30:20 PM

The parts that I already have just include monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.. All that I really need is the computer itself. I don't have any parts for it, though. But thanks for the advice guys. I might just go with buying a computer

a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2013 9:09:16 PM

so you need an operating system too. that makes the build 300 bucks.

and I know the build above includes rebates and rebate cards so it's null. this is actually out of pocket expense at time of purchase.
August 15, 2013 7:16:02 PM

combine1237 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1s4hu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1s4hu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1s4hu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.29 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $444.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-14 21:41 EDT-0400)

You get one free game with the 7770 ghz. Never Settle forever Bronze choices are Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Dirt 3 or Dirt Showdown.

This has 75 dollars worth of rebates before final price and does not have tax.

I think this will take care of your needs if you have a monitor and peripherals.

You could lower ram to 4gb to shave 20 to 30 bucks off.


Just to be sure, this build will be able to run games like shooting games smoothly?
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 7:55:43 PM

The build is fairly similar if not slightly more powerful then one of tom's htpc builds so expect a couple more frames then this build:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mini-itx-do-it-your...

also the components are slightly improved.

PM if the build prices change to see if their can be a better deal.
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