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Help building first gaming PC $400

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April 8, 2014 11:58:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next month

Budget Range: +- $400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, homework, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, headphones, microphone, OS

Preferred Websites for Parts: Amazon and Newegg

Country: South Africa

Parts Preferences: I want an AMD CPU, 4GB-16GB RAM, I'm not going to download tons of games, therefore my storage can be anything above 120GB. My chassis needs to be a mini to medium tower.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional comments: Must have at least 1 HDMI input.
This is my idea, if possible please tell what I should change. Thanks
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ol4A

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April 8, 2014 1:11:23 PM

do you need windows or could it run linux, because windows is 90 dollars which is a huge chunk of your budget? This is a good website for making fantasy pc builds with http://pcpartpicker.com/
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April 8, 2014 1:21:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $393.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 16:20 EDT-0400)

Much better performance. You will want the quad-core, and the 260x is a much better card.
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April 9, 2014 6:54:36 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $393.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 16:20 EDT-0400)

Much better performance. You will want the quad-core, and the 260x is a much better card.


Thanks, I'm going to see if anybody else gives any ideas then I'll go to a local IT and ask what he thinks will be best.
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April 9, 2014 6:57:12 AM

anathema_forever said:
do you need windows or could it run linux, because windows is 90 dollars which is a huge chunk of your budget? This is a good website for making fantasy pc builds with http://pcpartpicker.com/


If you read through my entire post, you would have seen I do not need an OS and if I did I would not use Linux for gaming and at the end you would also have seen that I do use http://pcpartpicker.com/
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May 8, 2014 6:35:34 AM

AMD FX 4300
4 GB Ram
512 GB Ram
GT 640
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May 8, 2014 7:32:13 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: A-Data Plus Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.26 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($32.48 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $499.67
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