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Help building first gaming PC $400

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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  1. 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/
  2. Best answer
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. AMD FX 4300
    4 GB Ram
    512 GB Ram
    GT 640
  6. 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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