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Any way to build a decent gaming PC for 400$ without the GPU?

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September 22, 2013 11:32:52 PM

I'm trying to come up with a build for my brother who wants a new PC for A Realm Reborn. I'm going to give him my old GPU which takes away from the price but he can only spend up to 400$ but I'm having a hard time making a build to go lower than that without it being complete trash.

Any ideas on how to make this build any cheaper? There are some mail in rebate coupons that take away from it but I don't want to include those.


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $444.94

September 23, 2013 9:19:34 AM

Well I'm trying to get it below 400$ and I am not going to overclock the CPU to the point where I'll need to adjust the voltage up so anything extra like aftermarket heatsinks would need to go.
I also think 4GB of RAM will do him fine if it means saving money since he won't be playing too many graphic intensive games.
I'm starting to wonder if a micro build is the only ways of achieving this.
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September 23, 2013 9:33:24 AM

Never mind.
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September 24, 2013 1:13:51 PM

Well, you can go with 4GB of RAM, and perhaps get smaller hard drives (or just go with one)?
Personally I'm not a big fan of micro cases...not easily accessible/upgrades and terrible for fans/ventilation
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September 24, 2013 1:19:41 PM

Yep it's easy give me a sec.
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September 24, 2013 1:28:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($63.04 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $344.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-24 16:27 EDT-0400)
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