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Building my first gaming pc with a $400 budget

Purchase date is likely next month in November.
Budget: $400[ if possible, furthest I'd go is $450. The lower the better! I just want something to start off with, so anything at this point would be a HUGE upgrade from where I'm at now.
I have knowledge in putting together computers via A+ certification classes.
I'm a freshman in college so money is tight right now.
I'll be using it for Gaming, Photoshop/Illustrator and other Adobe products, and movies.

I have my own monitor, keyboard, mouse, along with an OS.
I don't have any preferences for websites.
I am located in the US via Hawaii.
No part preferences and I'm not planning on overclocking.
Monitor resolution 1600x1200.
2x4 4gb Ram.
1TB HDD.
Currently looking at a HD7770 gpu, but if there is anything better at this price then I'm open for suggestions.
A quiet pc would be nice.

I've been using low end computers ever since I've gotten into the gaming world. (acer, toshiba with prices at about $300).
I am currently using some slow Toshiba laptop that can barely handle League of Legends at 30 fps.
I usually play LoL, TF2, Civ 5, and CS:S. I'm not looking to play brand new games all the time, I'm fine with what games I have.
I'm sick of lag and playing at the lowest settings possible so I'm looking for a change.

I've been looking at logicalincrements.com and have fallen around the Entry/Modest categories, but I want to maximize my build for the price I'm paying so I've come here looking for help.

I'd greatly appreciate the help, thanks!
Sean
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  1. So you already have ram and an hdd right?
  2. Best answer
    Here you go -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.94 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.00 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $435.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:29 EDT-0400)
  3. Check out AMD apus they are cheap and will save you a lot of money on a video card out of the gate. You could then use that money to get together something decent and you can always add a full sized gpu down the road.
  4. $400 is really tough, I'd look at AMDs APUs, if you can find an A10 cheap, grab it. Get a cheap case, one of those $20 boxes, not sure if you have the memory, and hdd you listed, or if you're looking to add them but that's plus or minus $100.

    Skip the disc drive, get the cheapest memory you can find, you can always buy better later. One big problem with a low budget build is you need a cheap power supply, and that only makes sense if you're not paying the electric bill, as a freshman in college you can probably float that bill for another three years or so...

    Send a part list, folks around here like those
  5. Assuming you dont need the hdd or ram then this is the best and its only 440 which is what you said you could go up to.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($185.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $441.53
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:39 EDT-0400)
  6. OR.
    Build using the A10-5800K APU ($114). That should save about $70.

    Here are some benchmarks:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6347/amd-a10-5800k-a8-5600k-review-trinity-on-the-desktop-part-2/6

    You could also see if you can find a LAPTOP with a similar APU though I doubt it at this price point.
  7. If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)
  8. zightbaoe said:
    So you already have ram and an hdd right?


    Sorry I forgot to look over what I typed.
    I need ram and a HDD, those were just what I had in mind though.
  9. zightbaoe said:
    If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)


    The fx 6300 actually performs better than the A10 and it's cheaper.

    Also, he does want 8gb of ram and a gpu :p
  10. TBC1 said:
    zightbaoe said:
    If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)


    The fx 6300 actually performs better than the A10 and it's cheaper.

    Also, he does want 8gb of ram and a gpu :p



    Got off work when I went to check on this and didn't even see those baha.
    Yours fits what I wanted, as I don't mind 4gb of RAM anyway. I can always add on.
    Thanks for the input!
  11. Anonymous said:
    TBC1 said:
    zightbaoe said:
    If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)


    The fx 6300 actually performs better than the A10 and it's cheaper.

    Also, he does want 8gb of ram and a gpu :p



    Got off work when I went to check on this and didn't even see those baha.
    Yours fits what I wanted, as I don't mind 4gb of RAM anyway. I can always add on.
    Thanks for the input!


    Now that amd's new gpu's dropped I would definitely suggest getting the r7 250 over the 7770 (performs better for the same price, xd!).
  12. TBC1 said:
    Anonymous said:
    TBC1 said:
    zightbaoe said:
    If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)


    The fx 6300 actually performs better than the A10 and it's cheaper.

    Also, he does want 8gb of ram and a gpu :p



    Got off work when I went to check on this and didn't even see those baha.
    Yours fits what I wanted, as I don't mind 4gb of RAM anyway. I can always add on.
    Thanks for the input!


    Now that amd's new gpu's dropped I would definitely suggest getting the r7 250 over the 7770 (performs better for the same price, xd!).


    Does that require any changed to the build you suggested? My knowledge of what is compatible or not is blurred so i just wanted to verify.
  13. Anonymous said:
    TBC1 said:
    Anonymous said:
    TBC1 said:
    zightbaoe said:
    If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)


    The fx 6300 actually performs better than the A10 and it's cheaper.

    Also, he does want 8gb of ram and a gpu :p



    Got off work when I went to check on this and didn't even see those baha.
    Yours fits what I wanted, as I don't mind 4gb of RAM anyway. I can always add on.
    Thanks for the input!


    Now that amd's new gpu's dropped I would definitely suggest getting the r7 250 over the 7770 (performs better for the same price, xd!).


    Does that require any changed to the build you suggested? My knowledge of what is compatible or not is blurred so i just wanted to verify.


    Nope, it's all compatible.

    Here's a link to the card - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r72502gd3oc
  14. TBC1 said:
    Anonymous said:
    TBC1 said:
    Anonymous said:
    TBC1 said:
    zightbaoe said:
    If you do need ram and an hdd then here. You can take off the cooler but that cpu can get pretty hot
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($143.98 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $426.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-10 21:45 EDT-0400)


    The fx 6300 actually performs better than the A10 and it's cheaper.

    Also, he does want 8gb of ram and a gpu :p



    Got off work when I went to check on this and didn't even see those baha.
    Yours fits what I wanted, as I don't mind 4gb of RAM anyway. I can always add on.
    Thanks for the input!


    Now that amd's new gpu's dropped I would definitely suggest getting the r7 250 over the 7770 (performs better for the same price, xd!).


    Does that require any changed to the build you suggested? My knowledge of what is compatible or not is blurred so i just wanted to verify.


    Nope, it's all compatible.

    Here's a link to the card - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r72502gd3oc


    I really appreciate the help.
    Thank you very much!
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