$400 budget gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, today, tomorrow


Budget Range:$400 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, facebook gaming, watching movies


Parts Not Required:


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Superbiz(ewiz), (Tiger Direct but rare)


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
I would like to use an AMD CPU, was looking to use that for mobo+cpu
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html $106 ($126-$20)

For Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193 $45.00


Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050 Most likely these are lower


Additional Comments: If you can also help me find a 20in monitor or bigger, keyboard mouse would be great but these shouldn't be the $400 budget. An additional 150+ will be allocated for these.

Also, does this build require a Heatsync, like coolermaster 212+?
Basically, I am building this for friend, she doesn't want to buy a premade pc so I am trying to assemble one for her. Thanks for your input and time.
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  1. Go with the Athlon II X4 w/ the MSI Mobo on the microcenter deal,
    Also Below build is assuming you already have Win 7

    Go with this monitor
    http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6514393&Sku=A204-2014
  2. Xbox360 or PS3.
  3. 4745454b said:
    Xbox360 or PS3.

    right because a ps3 and xbox can play games on facebook?
  4. No clue. PS3 probably can as it has a browser. $400 "gaming" computer would be pretty ugly. Sub $600-800 and you're better off going dell.
  5. 4745454b said:
    No clue. PS3 probably can as it has a browser. $400 "gaming" computer would be pretty ugly. Sub $600-800 and you're better off going dell.


    but its not for gaming. its everyday use.
  6. For some reason I read normal gaming in there with the FB gaming. $400 is still not enough, even you said assuming you have a copy of windows already. Getting a Dell is probably the best idea. Nothing to demanding was listed, and its only $299/$399. You guys did a good job at getting close to $400, but with no os its not going to work.
  7. just buy budget components?
  8. I will disagree with 4745454b! $400 can get you a decent budget gamer that can even play Crysis!

    Athlon II X4 + MSI 785 Mobo : $95.99 at microcenter
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    4 GB DDR3-1333: $41.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748

    Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze PSU: $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007
    (This got a great review here on Tom back in October)

    Palit GTS 450 1 GB Video card: $109.99 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261079

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB Hard drive: $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    Rosewill Destroyer case $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144

    Rosewill 4-pack of 120mm fans: $6.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200061

    Lite-On DVD burner $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334
    (free shipping makes up the $2 higher price over other cheap DVDs)

    Total: $399.98. $379.98 after rebate.

    a very viable gaming computer.

    Keyboard & Monitor:
    Acer 1920x1080 21" Monitor: $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009275

    V7 Multimedia Keyboard and Mouse: $18.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823575006
    a 1000 dpi mouse!
  9. And the OS is where?

    I admit that its easier now to build something cheap. Back in the day you could never get anything this low. I would also like to point out that if your like me and don't have a MC near you you can't do it for $400 as you'll have to buy the mobo. This doesn't apply in the OPs case but I'd like to point it out.
  10. for the motherboard and cpu combo, use that microcenter deal. alternatively you could get this.

    AMD x3 445 3.1ghz processor-$77

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872&cm_re=x3_445-_-19-103-872-_-Product

    Windows 7 home premium + Biostar MCP6P3 AM3 microATX motherboard $119.98

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.552637

    GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-$24.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233061

    LG DVD burner-$15.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136216

    GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333mhz ram-$41.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144478

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB Hard Drive-$42.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244

    XIGMATEK 400W ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply-$34.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007

    PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR3 $49.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131360

    Total-$408
  11. Aright I forgot to mention that I already have a windows7 copy...and honestly, she doesnt really game (besides facebook), its more like everyday usage.
  12. well, my build will still do fine, as the GTS450 has hdmi out including audio for movies, or you could eliminate it entirely (saving $109) for A $290 build, as the motherboard has an HDMI out.
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