~~Gaming Build (low end) 400$

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: June
BUDGET RANGE: (400-450)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: low end gaming WoW

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Windows 7
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, TigerDirect, Geeks

PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: would like to be quiet and an attractive case would be nice but not neccessary
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  1. That is a tough budget. Is there any room to maybe go up to 500?
  2. Basically, 400 is enough for an office computer. A gaming computer needs a bit more room. Otherwise you are better off going with a pre-built or saving for a few more months.
  3. ^+1...

    Are you reusing any components that might allow for us to meet your budget better?

    Also, edit your post to match the template in this sticky.... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  4. Not usually much on prebuilts....but for your budget and considering this will give you an OS(windows 7), you may want to check this out.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5722406&Sku=S445-10058

    Then maybe toss in a 4670, would put you right over 400....but looks like good bang for the buck.


    If you are set to build..maybe look here.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=15089&CatId=332

    This gives you the athlon 2 x2 215 chip, case, 650 watt power supply. For 239

    4 gb ddr2 800 corsair ballistix ram--105(check all compatibility though)

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4089566&CatId=3412

    xfx 1 gb 4670 for 70 bucks

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5256326&CatId=3669

    If you can though, get something with ddr3 memory on the video card.

    Keep in mind, still add in shipping as well as an OS. So could put you way out of budget.

    Also, you don't have to go with 4 gb of memory. You could probably get by with 2, but I imagine you would want to look at upgrading memory asap. Also, if you can, ddr3 probably is better, but considering the budget that's part of why I'm looking at the kit with ddr2.
  5. I was looking at that prebuild but from past experiences Emachines are garbo. Any support for why to get an emachine?
  6. EMachines suck in my experience.
  7. I used to play World of Warcraft on a ATI 9600 AGP x8, with AMD 64 3200+, had to use low settings but was playable...

    you should get around 30fps at least with this build maybe more you wont be able to play with high settings but at least you will be able to play

    http://www.newegg.com


    RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply
    Model #:ATX-238WRP
    Item #:N82E16811156239
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $59.99 $59.99

    Palit NEAT2400FHD01 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Model #:NEAT2400FHD01
    Item #:N82E16814261061
    Return Policy:VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate14-261-061

    $84.99 -$5.00 Instant $79.99

    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX
    Model #:ADX620WFGIBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103706
    Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock

    $97.99 $97.99

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:WD3200AAKS
    Item #:N82E16822136074
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $49.99 $49.99

    BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Model #:A785G3
    Item #:N82E16813138182
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $64.99 -$5.00 Instant $59.99


    G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ
    Model #:F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ
    Item #:N82E16820231121
    Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $52.99 $52.99

    Subtotal: $400.94
  8. At that budget you may consider getting a USED gaming PC on ebay even. I dont know. If you can wait, save up for a few months. You will be able to get a much better PC for 600 budget.
  9. proxicide said:
    http://www.newegg.com


    RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply
    Model #:ATX-238WRP
    Item #:N82E16811156239
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $59.99 $59.99

    Palit NEAT2400FHD01 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Model #:NEAT2400FHD01
    Item #:N82E16814261061
    Return Policy:VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock
    Mail in Rebate14-261-061

    $84.99 -$5.00 Instant $79.99

    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX
    Model #:ADX620WFGIBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103706
    Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    In Stock

    $97.99 $97.99

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:WD3200AAKS
    Item #:N82E16822136074
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $49.99 $49.99

    BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Model #:A785G3
    Item #:N82E16813138182
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $64.99 -$5.00 Instant $59.99


    G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ
    Model #:F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ
    Item #:N82E16820231121
    Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    $52.99 $52.99

    Subtotal: $400.94


    that looks good anyother support for this ^^^
  10. Proxicide pulled off a decent build. It leaves room for upgrading your video card in the future. Id go his route.
  11. I can't honestly say I've used many emachines. But have heard good about them. Only not much on prebuilts either. Just looking at the price and budget. Plus by the time you get decent components and get an OS, I think you'll be over 400.

    One thing I don't know that I care for on the above build is the PSU. Don't know much about it, didn't see on newegg's website.


    I think the one other change I would consider, you are looking at the 620 which is a 2.6 ghz chip, this triple core has a higher clock speed and shaves 25 bucks off. So may do better in games.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724

    With the money saved, if you can stretch the budget a little, I think I'd shoot for 4gb of memory.

    Also, did you see this?

    http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-22-145-299-_-05032010

    Don't forget an optical drive as well.

    Could shave a little more off if going to a high clocked dual core, but kinda liking the triple core. Just throwing this out there though.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103687

    However, if you did go with a dual core, and the hitachi hard drive on the shell shocker deal, you would save 47 bucks. Some guys say not many games can use more than 2 cores, plus that would give you a higher clock speed than the original quad, plus for say 425 you could have everything and maybe 4 gb of memory. Also, you wouldn't have much into it, and could always dump a faster quad in later.


    Edit...just found this for 83 bucks on newegg. Cheap memory, probably not for overclocking, but you would have 4 instead of 2.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820159021


    Here's an optical drive for 22 and free shipping.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


    So if we modified proxicide's buid slightly

    Case and power supply..59.99
    Same video card for 80
    Athlon dual core 2.9 ghz for 62
    Hitachi 500 gb drive(shell shocker deal)...40
    Biostar board...60
    Cheap ram above..83
    Lite-on dvd burner..22

    Puts it at 406.

    Good job to proxicide for finding the deals. I was not sure it you could get that good a build for 400 bucks. Wow how times change.
  12. well if you cant afford an OS, i would look into Unbuntu there is ppl playing WoW on it, here is a video of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAV-uRfRWbk
  13. Let me try a build.


    RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply

    $59.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    $54.99


    HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    $89.99


    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-2GBNQ

    $64.99


    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX

    $158.98


    Subtotal: $428.94

    A bit more. You will benefit from the higher clock of the Triple Core processor. Also, triple core is all you need for gaming currently. The motherboard is also DDR3 and has USB 3.0 which makes it more current. The ram is 2gb DDR3. You can always upgrade your ram later. The hard drive is a MUCH faster hard drive for 5 bucks more and is also 500 gb. Also, the video card is better and ATI more suited to this motherboard choice.
  14. Replace the other video card with this one and you have DX 11 support and you are 8 bucks over budget.

    POWERCOLOR AX5750 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5750 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Subtotal: $458.94
  15. was the 400-450 including shipping and handling? because reason why i didnt want to exceed over 400 was to include shipping cost
  16. No. It did not include that. He would need to stick to a cheaper card or downgrade the CPU at that rate.

    Its a tight budget! At least you found a good case and ram. That was the major problem I was having when I tried to help him earlier.
  17. ya yours looks really good antisyzygy
  18. Oops , looks like I messed up on that memory, for some reason thought we were using ddr2 not 3, my bad.
  19. ohiou_grad_06 said:
    Oops , looks like I messed up on that memory, for some reason thought we were using ddr2 not 3, my bad.



    It was set up that way, but the build I tried for included DDR3 support.
  20. Actually, that Biostar motherboard supports DDR3 as well.
  21. Well I definitely can agree ddr3 might be a way to go. But as I said, my bad...lol. I guess one of my main concerns is the power supply, the raidmax 450 watt I see is rated for 21 amps.

    This power supply may not be much better, but advertises 2 12V+ rails, 19 on 1, 20 on the other. I've never used one of these so I can't speak to their quality.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339022

    But on paper looks better than the raidmax. Maybe pair it with this rosewill case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147075
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