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Budget Gaming PC help needed 500usd Or Less

My girlfriends birthday is coming up and she is in desperate need of a new computer. I'm on a very tight budget and was thinking of two scenarios. I wanted to build her a decent gaming PC for $500usd or less or if its not possible, to build her an every day stuff (watching netflix, using the internet, etc.) for less than $400usd.

She might not need a monitor because I have two relatively new ones that take up too much space on my desk but she does need speakers (any will do) a keyboard and mouse (I like the logitech MK120 but if you know anything better for the same price or cheaper then even better.)

This will be built for windows 7 which I already have so that doesn't need to be included in the price. The most important thing is for the computer components and the computer as a whole to be as reliable as possible.

Please let me know if I missed any details that might help you. Thank you very much in advance for all your help. :)
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    my humble suggestion,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($103.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z12 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: ROCCAT Lua Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($33.95 @ Amazon)

    Total: $487.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)\

    If you can afford to go a little over budget, bump the video card to
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($129.60 @ Newegg)

    enjoy!
  2. Which games do you and her intend to play?
  3. X79 said:
    Which games do you and her intend to play?


    Borderlands 2, Bastion, Battlefield 3, Minecraft. Not super heavy games.
  4. quilciri said:
    my humble suggestion,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($103.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z12 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: ROCCAT Lua Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($33.95 @ Amazon)

    Total: $487.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)\

    If you can afford to go a little over budget, bump the video card to
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($129.60 @ Newegg)

    enjoy!


    That is a really good build and I'm trying to replicate it all on newegg but I'm having some complications. I also remembered I already have some new ram still in the box. Its Geil Evo Veloce 4gbx2. That would only bring the price down by $32. I guess I have no choice but to order from different places. I really appreciate the help by the way :)
  5. happy to help, we're here if you have any other questions.!
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