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I'm looking for some advice on building a cheap PC for gaming and college work.

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January 21, 2014 4:19:04 AM

This is what I've come up with so far - AMD Athlon II X4, Asus F2A55-M AMD FM2 A55 DDR3 mATX and Asus ATI Radeon HD 6670 2GB PCI-Express HDMI. Any advice on what hardware I should get would be appreciated. Cheer's
January 21, 2014 4:20:17 AM

What's your budget, your monitor resolution, games you intend to play and do you need any extras such as an OS?
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January 21, 2014 4:27:35 AM

The budget is $300 - 400+, the resolution is 1280 -1024, Yeah I do want to play games but I'm not to bothered by the visual quality as soon as I can play and No Extra's needed.
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January 21, 2014 4:48:17 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($78.45 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $402.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 07:48 EST-0500)
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January 21, 2014 5:05:10 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master DK9-7E52A-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($8.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.43 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $410.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 08:04 EST-0500)

Do you really need an optical drive though?

This build is 401$ - it's only the CPU cooler that adds to it.
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