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What is THE BEST gaming computer build for no more than $440.00??? max budget

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June 29, 2014 3:15:11 AM

My bro needs a computer to play games with me for when i get mine and he wants a computer really bad because his is total ****. iv seen decent builds online for $400 or so, so i know it can be done but was wondering on opinions. personally im a fan of AMD but i suppose Intel will work if its worth the price. thanks to all that have input

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June 29, 2014 3:36:44 AM

You didnt say what you plan to play, but this AMD build should be able to run most current games at medium-high settings:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.78 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($45.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury White Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $441.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Sorry that its $1 more than the $440 in the title. :) 

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June 29, 2014 3:52:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $433.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 29, 2014 8:29:03 AM

haha dont worry about the $1 over dude the fact you got so close is pretty damn good. see he likes to play a huuuge selection of games but he wants to be able to play games with me when i complete my build which is

CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Combo or $119.99
Motherboard ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ $64.99
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $79.98
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Combo or $54.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X $188.99
Case Sentey CS1-1399 PLUS ATX Mid Tower $68.51
Power Supply Corsair 500W ATX12V $29.99
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $14.99

i did switch the case out though.
i would like to get him the same pc but i just dont have the funds right now

so pretty much he would like to play more of the new games. 1 big one we want to play is dayz together
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June 29, 2014 1:51:52 PM

Awesome. Most people do switch out the case, its personal preference after all. I just put it there as an example.

Your PC will run DayZ fine, but you may have to turn down render distance.

The other PC that i suggested for your brother should run DayZ and BF4 on high, but at the moment Dayz Alpha isnt very well optimised, and it will probably not run very well on either of the systems unless it is on lowered settings.
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June 29, 2014 5:38:53 PM

the comp im building will play battlefield 4 on ultra so im not to worried about much. i may have to OC but thats fine. if the amd computer you posted will run day z good ill probably just go with tghat one then :) 
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June 29, 2014 8:28:34 PM

As you can see here, the GTX 750 will run the game pretty well, but you will need to turn down some options at the moment until it is better optimised.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRXCe-JjCaM
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June 30, 2014 11:38:27 AM

for the price of the computer i really like this and i will upgrade the GPU to an R9 270x eventually for him but thats saying his MOBO and whatnot can handle that. thank you a lot to all that have helped me and thank you a lot to bradsctt. yours was the solution :) 
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June 30, 2014 12:23:18 PM

Awesome, thanks. That mobo can support any modern GPU, so an R9 270X would work fine, but that CPU may give a very slight bottleneck. It wont be bad, and it will still run everything fine.

Remember to select best answer, and dont hesitate to post again if you need help with any issues. :) 
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June 30, 2014 1:52:01 PM

Just so you're aware, all the builds mentioned above in this thread had mail-in rebates enabled. Hence you'll have to spend more than what you're expecting, and if you want the discounts you'll have to mail-in the retailer for reimbursement after purchase.

bradsctt's initial build will cost you $481.58 (USD) and Scremin34Egl's will cost you $468.53 (USD). If you want the builds to be less than $440, both bradsctt and Scremin34Egl expect you to mail-in the retailer for discounts; or they're unaware that they have mail-in rebates enabled.

Out of the two builds, I'd go with Scremin34Egl's. I've also built two for you, one Intel and AMD. Personally I don't recommend AMD however since you're on a budget, it may work out better for you. If you go with Intel however, you always have the option to upgrade the processor later and gain a significant performance boost, whereas with AMD replacing CPU won't provide you a great performance gain.

Both builds below are within your budget (albeit the AMD build costs $2.25 more) and you won't have to mail-in for rebates. You are not expected to pay any more than the price below. If you do want to mail-in for rebates, you can get $30 back for the GPU, and you can get a little for the PSU and other components.

Without further ado, the Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3240 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.91 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $417.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

And the AMD build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M Pro4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($59.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.91 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $442.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Both builds have the same case, you're free to alter that. I've also included an additional fan since the case only comes supplied with one. Use the additional fan provided to exhaust air at the rear.

Again with both the builds I have suggested, you are not expect to pay more than what is displayed. When curating the lists, I always disable mail-in rebates.

All the best. :) 
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June 30, 2014 1:57:10 PM

No MIR's counted in this build. Will be cheaper if any are available.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $440.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 30, 2014 2:31:27 PM

Oops, i forgot about the rebates :( 

This is without rebates. I removed the Hyper 212, so that you can retain the 8GB of RAM, which is really the current minimum you should have, even on a basic gaming system.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.49 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Fury Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.91 @ Amazon)
Total: $443.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 30, 2014 4:49:56 PM

mail-in rebates dont really bother me because i will still get the money back a few weeks later at most
so out of all the comps you sent me which are the best two? like one Intel and one AMD. then ill look them both up and decide from there. it will save me hours of research time.
i hear good things about both intel and amd and both have flaws though so its tough. amd is generally cheaper from everything i can see unless you want to take a hit on performance. i wish i had enough cash for an i5 though
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July 1, 2014 2:16:30 AM

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mail-in rebates dont really bother me because i will still get the money back a few weeks later at most
so out of all the comps you sent me which are the best two? like one Intel and one AMD. then ill look them both up and decide from there. it will save me hours of research time.
i hear good things about both intel and amd and both have flaws though so its tough. amd is generally cheaper from everything i can see unless you want to take a hit on performance. i wish i had enough cash for an i5 though


From all the builds the video cards are basically on the same level of performance (750 and 260X)

For the cpu's

IMO,
i3>Pentium G3258>Athlon X4 750k

This is a good article for you to look at, just scroll through the gaming benchmarks
http://
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July 1, 2014 1:01:54 PM

oh hey thanks a lot Screamin34Egl. that pretty much settles it
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July 1, 2014 1:06:03 PM

DribbleJerp said:
oh hey thanks a lot Screamin34Egl. that pretty much settles it


No problem, if you are satisfied you can pick the best answer and mark this thread as solved. Anymore questions, please feel free to ask, thanks :) 
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July 1, 2014 4:28:21 PM

Just remember, 4GB of RAM is the minimum for most modern games, 8GB would be a better option. If you can afford the i3 build, with 8GB of RAM instead of the suggested 4GB, then go with that.
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