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Budget Gaming PC help needed 500usd Or Less

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September 22, 2013 12:03:38 PM




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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a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 12:39:07 PM

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!
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a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 12:39:31 PM

Which games do you and her intend to play?
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September 22, 2013 1:19:31 PM

X79 said:
Which games do you and her intend to play?


Borderlands 2, Bastion, Battlefield 3, Minecraft. Not super heavy games.
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September 22, 2013 2:10:57 PM

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 :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2013 2:31:50 PM

happy to help, we're here if you have any other questions.!
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