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December 16, 2010 11:18:54 PM

Hi, I've got a $400 spending limit and I was wondering it it was possible to buy a pre-built gaming computer for that price, and or, buy all the parts needed to build it for that price.

Any advice would be most appreciated.


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December 17, 2010 12:21:45 AM

It is possible for sure, just don't expect to play the latest and greatest and max resolution and graphical settings. You can get a decent system for $400 though. Just hit up Newegg and look at some of their combo deals. They have some good stuff sometimes and you might even find an entire rig as a combo.
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December 19, 2010 6:16:18 AM

Gaming on a budget of $400 is definitely doable.

Shipping was not taken into account as its bound to vary depending on where you live.

EDIT: The September System Build by Toms is already out of date, RAM & Video card prices have dropped and newegg have started stocking the 400W xigmatek PSU which is a brilliant unit for its price.

December 19, 2010 4:57:46 PM

If you can wait for rebates, I would grab some higher quality parts that will give you a better build. Total is $455.79 including shipping. Minus $55 in rebates gets you to $400.79. You can dig between the cushions for that 79 cents :) 

Antec Two Hundred(v2) Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $55
Also currently has a $5 promo code. Great air flow and free shipping

Combo deal Mobo/CPU for $129
BIOSTAR TA880GB+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard Same as the general's suggestion

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor I would recommend a triple core processor. I will be better with multitasking and gaming. Plus you can try to unlock the dormant 4th core (but no guarantees)

GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model GVP34GB1333C9DC Same memory $42

EVGA 01G-P3-1452-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $130 Great company and superclocked. More expensive up front but same price after rebate.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $45

XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply Same $35

ASUS DVD burner $17
December 19, 2010 5:26:11 PM

Windows 7 alone costs $199....