400 $ gaming build

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Using Internet, Programming(software applications like apache,sql server,vb,flash)

PARTS REQUIRED: Processor,Motherboard,Ram,Graphics card,power supply,case


My wishlist -

AMD Athlon II X4 620

Palit/sapphire Radeon hd 4850 / hd 5700

I would be using this machine 24*7......do i need a cooler ??? No overclocking as such...I would be using a 22' tft viewsonic...

thankx....
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  1. Sorry to burst your bubble, but in a $400 budget you're not going to fit a quad core and a 'high' end GPU. At this price it's almost better to find something used or manufacturer built.
  2. mavanhel said:
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but in a $400 budget you're not going to fit a quad core and a 'high' end GPU. At this price it's almost better to find something used or manufacturer built.


    hey i could try & add another 100$.....would dt help
  3. Not happening.

    What you want is $100 for the CPU, most likely $70-100 for the board, $100 for the GPU, $60 for 2 GB of RAM. Right there is already over budget, and you'll still need about $100 for the case/PSU
  4. Yes, take this build from Tecmo's sticky at the top of the forum and drop a 4850 in. You might be better off with a different mobo as well, since you won't be using the onboard gpu. Also, one of the gaming builds at the top of his sticky would give you better gaming performance, although you would not have a quad.

    Quote:
    Tecmo34 says:

    Non-Gamer: $418.93

    * CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
    * MOBO: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    * RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK - Retail
    * HSF: None Required
    * HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    * PSU: Antec Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
    * GPU: None Required - This system will use on the onboard video, since graphic power is not a priority.
    * DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
    * Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-331-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    * Thermal Compound: What ever comes with the stock cooler

    This build will allow you to play games like On-line Poker or lowend Graphics power games. You shoud be able to play Sims with this PC. Don't plan on running any graphic intensive games with this PC, without upgrades


    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended-builds-usage
  5. MadAdmiral said:
    Not happening.

    What you want is $100 for the CPU, most likely $70-100 for the board, $100 for the GPU, $60 for 2 GB of RAM. Right there is already over budget, and you'll still need about $100 for the case/PSU



    hey dt is jst my wishlist...wt would u buy if u had jst 400$ for a gaming machine ...I have to get a good graphics card for playing games such as protoype,crysis,call of duty(latest games)....say for the graphics card costs around 125$...I have 275$ to spend on the cpu,mobo,ram,& the power supply...Maybe an ordinary case would do....I could go for a 2 core or 3 core processor like the phenom 550 or....What do you suggest...???
  6. CPU: Athlon II X2 240 $59
    Mobo: Asus M4A77TD $70 after rebate
    RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x1 GB DDR3 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $64
    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400W $40 after rebate
    Case: Antec 200 $50
    GPU: $117 left.
  7. rockintez said:
    hey dt is jst my wishlist...wt would u buy if u had jst 400$ for a gaming machine ...I have to get a good graphics card for playing games such as protoype,crysis,call of duty(latest games)....say for the graphics card costs around 125$...I have 275$ to spend on the cpu,mobo,ram,& the power supply...Maybe an ordinary case would do....I could go for a 2 core or 3 core processor like the phenom 550 or....What do you suggest...???


    Honestly, wish list or otherwise, you would do yourself a huge favor by continuing to save your money for a bit and then building when you have a bit more to spend. If you're interested in playing current graphics-intensive games, you'd be much better off if your budget had a little more room in it.

    If you need it now, you need it now. If you can wait a while, though, you'd probably benefit from it.
  8. Agree completely with Restatement. With the ~$120 left in the budget for the GPU, you're in the range for either an HD 4850 or GTS 250. Neither of these will be very great for playing current games, especially at higher resolutions and high details.
  9. Seems like people aren't optimistic about budget builds lately ^_^. If you're willing to add that $100 to go up to $500 then your prospects look better. Anyway, I say

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 $58.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103688

    ASRock A780LM $54.99 +7.56 ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157153

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) $41.99 +5.99 ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231051

    RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black $84.99 (+24.99 ship)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156098

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB $47.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

    ASUS Black DVD-writer $23.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859

    Total : $486.47

    Of course you may be able to get it a bit cheaper by taking advantage of combo deals and what not. You may even chose to go with a cheaper case in order to get a quality PSU. The PSU in the Smilodon though is sufficient for a single 5750, just not for two of them. The Athlon 240X2 is about as low as I would go as there isn't much sense in saving just a few bucks to go with a Brisbane Athlon X2.

    The 240 is particularly decent if overclocked, so if you cut corners don't do it on a motherboard. Make sure you get a motherboard that can support your intended CPU and has sufficient overclocking options if you want to overclock. A Radeon 5750 is pretty good and can cope with modern games on medium-high settings while playing slightly older games on high. Despite what some have said, a Radeon 4850 is sufficient to play most modern games on at least medium, but the 5750 is worth the extra money :D.
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