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Looking for a gaming pc build around $400 (just the tower and an OS)

Hello, I am looking to build a gaming pc for around $400 on the tower, and the OS. I already have the accessories like the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I have looked at many builds over the internet, but the prices are different than the prices available today. I am very new to this, and I am not sure what the best build is for a gaming pc. If anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated!
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    For $400 with an OS, you will not be looking at a very powerful gaming computer.

    Here is an option for $70 over budget that will play modern games comfortably at medium settings:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $470.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 23:40 EST-0500)

    If you HAVE to be at $400 here is the best you will do. It should be good for a mix of low/medium settings. At 1080p, in new games. Don't expect more than low settings if you want 60fps. :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.00 @ Amazon)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $418.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 23:44 EST-0500)
  2. tiny voices said:
    For $400 with an OS, you will not be looking at a very powerful gaming computer.

    Here is an option for $70 over budget that will play modern games comfortably at medium settings:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $470.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 23:40 EST-0500)

    If you HAVE to be at $400 here is the best you will do. It should be good for a mix of low/medium settings. At 1080p, in new games. Don't expect more than low settings if you want 60fps. :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.00 @ Amazon)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $418.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 23:44 EST-0500)


    Thank you! I've been searching for so long, and you have just solved my problem in minutes!
  3. Always glad to be able to help!
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