Help with buying a cheap gaming pc

I'm wanting to get fallout 4 when it comes out in november but I realized that the old work desktop I have probably won't be able to run it.
So I am looking for a cheap ($250 or less) gaming desktop. I should tell you that I'm new to gaming computers and building them. So I know next to nothing on RAM, CPU, GB, e.t.c. I would like to know if you know of a money easy yet reliable gaming pc.
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  1. 250$ doesn't make it for a gaming desktop, 500$ is a minimum (not including monitor nor peripherals), and in order to enjoy a new game like Fallout 4 you'd have to invest at least 700$ (again, not including monitor nor peripherals), so better start saving in order to make a worthy investment.

    That being said, depending your current pc specs it could be possible to upgrade it with 250$ to make Fallout 4 playable, possibly at low/mid settings.
  2. While I agrea that if you have no parts already that 250 just simply isnt enough, you need a minimum of 400-500. However we dont know how intensive fallout 4 is and in general you most likely wont need 700 minimum to enjoy it. There is really good bang for buck if you buy half used/refurbished and half new parts it just depends on what parts you feel like buying used and taking a risk on but it should be fine in most cases just depends who your buying from and warranties.
  3. This is the bare minimum I would recommend, and it absolutely skimps on the nice features such as USB 3.0, or a beefy hard drive.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($166.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($40.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($24.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($107.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($27.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $434.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-07 18:49 EDT-0400
  4. Archgaull's build is great for the price, I'd only change the HDD for a bigger one, nowadays 160GB gets filled up with a couple of games and a few videos.
  5. RaDiKaL_ said:
    Archgaull's build is great for the price, I'd only change the HDD for a bigger one, nowadays 160GB gets filled up with a couple of games and a few videos.


    Agreed, but I was going for the absolute cheapest build that could run fallout 4. I'm assuming that it's going to require 4 cores since there have been a few out there that ask for it, hence the i5 rather than the i3.
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