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Building My Brother's First Gaming PC: $400 Budget - Minecraft

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January 22, 2014 10:13:33 PM

Hey Guys!

I just needed some advice on a gaming PC that I am building for my brother! His budget is $400 and I was wondering what you guys thought about these parts that I will be using. He will not be playing any intense games or rigorous programs. He just needs something that can play Minecraft smoothly, be reliable, long-lasting, surf the internet, and do homework. Are there any improvements that can be made? Please let me know! I really appreciate the feedback! Thank you!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2G2KU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2G2KU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2G2KU/benchmarks/

CPU (Already Own): AMD Phenom ll X4 840 Processor 3.2GHz
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card (Already Own): Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.56 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $411.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 01:02 EST-0500)

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January 22, 2014 10:20:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Other: ($48.00)
Total: $362.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 01:20 EST-0500)
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January 23, 2014 11:15:06 AM

How about this build?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2GgSH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2GgSH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2GgSH/benchmarks/

CPU (Already Own): AMD Phenom ll X4 840 Processor 3.2GHz
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.45 @ Amazon)
Video Card (Already Own): Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Speakers: Logitech X-140 4W 2ch Speakers ($26.99 @ B&H)
Total: $428.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 14:11 EST-0500)
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