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May 2, 2011 12:00:52 PM

im planning to buy a pc and my budget of 400 dollar????? Is it possible?? Looking for a decent gaming pc..!1) My base requirement wuld be core i3 540 or 2100 model and 2)h67 or h61 chipset motherboard! Rest i need to know...plz help!!!! 3) Which cheap and good graphic card??? Which ddr3 Ram(how much gb)??? 4)How much harddisk space???? 5)Which os windows 7 or vista? 6) which cheap and good lcd screen! Plz save me...ive burned my hands as i have been cheated before and dont want it to happen again. Thanks in advance

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May 2, 2011 12:57:13 PM

you could go to microcenter if you live near one.They really have great deals.
May 2, 2011 1:30:52 PM

sad i dont i belong to chicago but reside in india so i really need some effort frm u ppL wuld be thankful indeed
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May 2, 2011 10:29:48 PM

i3 2100t - $135
Motherbd- $ 75
4Gb ram - $ 40
5770 1GB- $120
500Gb HDD $ 45
Case w/ PSU- $ 60
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totals ======$475

Keep saving. You haven't even added in a DVD burner or Operating system yet.
May 2, 2011 10:36:19 PM

i knw its a joke...but seriously 75dollar motherboard???? Which one h61 or h67 specific model u recommend?
May 3, 2011 12:13:24 AM

@popatim--Is there any reason you recommend the energy efficient, but underclocked i3-2100T? I generally would recommend Newegg's i3-2100/H61 combo for $189.
May 3, 2011 7:54:14 AM

dalauder said:
@popatim--Is there any reason you recommend the energy efficient, but underclocked i3-2100T? I generally would recommend Newegg's i3-2100/H61 combo for $189.

May 3, 2011 1:28:32 PM

Intel Core i3 Processor i3-2100 3.1GHz 3MB LGA1155 CPU
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO/ref=ox_sc_a...
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ox_sc_a...
GIGABYTE GZ-L1BSAX-B00 LUXO M1000 BLACK ATX/MATX CASE
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00362TNT8/ref=ox_sc_a...
Corsair CMPSU-430CX CX Series 430-watt Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YBVN08/ref=ox_sc_a...
Crucial 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin PC3-10600 DIMM DDR3 Memory KIT
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001R4BT1M/ref=ox_sc_a...
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036QF0BE/ref=ox_sc_a...
MSI H61M-E23 (B3) Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RPPLNK/ref=ox_sc_a...

$404.77
Add a graphics card.
You may need someone to ship part of it to you.

May 3, 2011 11:00:56 PM

evongugg said:
Intel Core i3 Processor i3-2100 3.1GHz 3MB LGA1155 CPU
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO/ref=ox_sc_a...
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ox_sc_a...
GIGABYTE GZ-L1BSAX-B00 LUXO M1000 BLACK ATX/MATX CASE
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00362TNT8/ref=ox_sc_a...
Corsair CMPSU-430CX CX Series 430-watt Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YBVN08/ref=ox_sc_a...
Crucial 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin PC3-10600 DIMM DDR3 Memory KIT
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001R4BT1M/ref=ox_sc_a...
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036QF0BE/ref=ox_sc_a...
MSI H61M-E23 (B3) Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RPPLNK/ref=ox_sc_a...

$404.77
Add a graphics card.
You may need someone to ship part of it to you.

U completed it man thanks!
May 3, 2011 11:02:41 PM

Let's be honest, at that price you need to aim lower. Maybe a Phenom X2 and you can try unlocking cores?

Maybe try looking for some used gear to save cash? For a gaming PC you really need at least about $500 to fit a GPU in there.

Tom's hardware actually just did a $500 gaming PC, you should look up the article. I think it was last month's PC Builder's Marathon.
May 3, 2011 11:22:30 PM

evongugg said:
Intel Core i3 Processor i3-2100 3.1GHz 3MB LGA1155 CPU
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO/ref=ox_sc_a...
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ox_sc_a...
GIGABYTE GZ-L1BSAX-B00 LUXO M1000 BLACK ATX/MATX CASE
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00362TNT8/ref=ox_sc_a...
Corsair CMPSU-430CX CX Series 430-watt Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YBVN08/ref=ox_sc_a...
Crucial 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin PC3-10600 DIMM DDR3 Memory KIT
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001R4BT1M/ref=ox_sc_a...
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036QF0BE/ref=ox_sc_a...
MSI H61M-E23 (B3) Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RPPLNK/ref=ox_sc_a...

$404.77
Add a graphics card.
You may need someone to ship part of it to you.


thanks to tom's forum!!! A begginer like me finally decided on making a decent LOW BUDGET gaming pc for games like 'pop series' 'nfs series'
'ea series-football cricket',occasional gaming of hitman, 'forgotten sands',etc. PLEASE CORRECT ME IF IM GOING WRONG EXPERTS!
INTEL CORE I3 2100,
ASUS P8H67-M(inludes crossfire,gpu boost),
SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 4670 512ram ddr3,
Psu:FSP SAGA 2 (500w),
Kingston ddr3 ram (2gb+2gb),
Seagate barracuda 500gb(still confused),
Lcd monitor:ACER 16'' LED,
ATX CABINET-(any 25dollar one plz suggest)
samsung dvd writer,
Mouse+keyboard: logitech
OS:WINDOWS 7 BASIC 32BIT
PLZ CORRECT ME AND CHECK MY PSU AND GPU COMPATIBILITY!!! REPLY SOON
May 3, 2011 11:25:59 PM

If you want a good $400 gaming PC, you have to catch some outrageous deals. How serious of a gamer are you? If you don't spend 50% of your free time gaming, then you don't need to spend more than $75 on graphics. The prices I list are assuming you find good deals and rebates. Also, of vital importance, do you have a Microcenter nearby?

CPU: $193 i3-2100/ASUS H67 mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Mobo: $0 ASUS H67 mATX, included above
RAM: $25 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 after rebate (not always available)
PSU: $15 Corsair CX430 after rebate that's occassionaly available. Keep your eye out for this one. It's $20 AR on Newegg right now! Also, look for the OCZ StealthXStream 600W for $30 (after $30 rebate).
Case: $40 Thermaltake V4 (not always available at this price) or use one from an old computer
DVD: $20 or use one from an old computer
HDD: $55 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (not always available at this price)
Graphics: $105 Radeon 5830 (or $100 GTX 460 768MB, which is harder to find)

TOTAL: $453

If you can reuse parts, it'll get cheaper. You can save $40 at Microcenter on a Phenom II x4 instead.

Keep an eye on slickdeals.net. I think you'd do best buying a used graphics card off of a forum. Try posted a thread in Tom's Classifieds section for WTB $100 Graphics card. You might get a 5850 (although I'm not sure a CX430 can handle that).
May 3, 2011 11:44:35 PM

What's the ACER 16" LCD?

DO NOT CHEAP ON YOUR PSU! Cheap PSUs kill your system. Here's a review of a typicall offbrand PSU: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&fil...

Is the Operating System included in the $400? You'd want 64 bit if you don't already own it.

A Radeon 4670 is a weak graphics card. You may as well use i3 integrated. How much does it cost? Because I can find you a better one that actually can play games at a similar price. I have a GeForce 7950GT (roughly Radeon 5570 performance) I'll mail you before I let you use that and call it a gaming machine.
May 4, 2011 12:36:08 AM

^He doesn't have a microcenter nearby, he said he's from India.

OP: The one you put together is ok but honestly I'd swap for AMD CPU to save a little cash then get a better GPU. Although, what exactly is the resolution of that 16" monitor? If it's 10x10 then I suppose a fairly low GPU is going to do ok.

I also highly recommend getting the 64bit version of windows otherwise you can't use all your RAM.

And yeah as stated you should look for a decent PSU, although 500W cheapo one should still have more than enough power for what you're building.
May 4, 2011 12:42:52 AM

Also, what computer do you currently have? If it's a socket 775 motherboard, then a Core 2 Quad is a viable upgrade. If it's an AM2, then an AM3 CPU is a viable upgrade.

At your price point, you'll get the best gaming machine merely by upgrading an existing machine.
May 4, 2011 12:44:25 AM

A 500W cheapo is often a 250W in reality, which is my concern.
May 4, 2011 12:59:40 AM

dalauder said:
What's the ACER 16" LCD?

DO NOT CHEAP ON YOUR PSU! Cheap PSUs kill your system. Here's a review of a typicall offbrand PSU: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&fil...

Is the Operating System included in the $400? You'd want 64 bit if you don't already own it.

A Radeon 4670 is a weak graphics card. You may as well use i3 integrated. How much does it cost? Because I can find you a better one that actually can play games at a similar price. I have a GeForce 7950GT (roughly Radeon 5570 performance) I'll mail you before I let you use that and call it a gaming machine.

dev55547@yahoo.com thats my mail so wen done do the need ful....but did u just say that integrated graphics of i3 2100 be better than 4670 hd radeon????????
May 4, 2011 1:07:57 AM

wolfram23 said:
^He doesn't have a microcenter nearby, he said he's from India.

OP: The one you put together is ok but honestly I'd swap for AMD CPU to save a little cash then get a better GPU. Although, what exactly is the resolution of that 16" monitor? If it's 10x10 then I suppose a fairly low GPU is going to do ok.

I also highly recommend getting the 64bit version of windows otherwise you can't use all your RAM.

And yeah as stated you should look for a decent PSU, although 500W cheapo one should still have more than enough power for what you're building.

u cleared up so much for me...thanks man raelly thankful to u...! And ya 16'' acer monitor but i dont know which resolution it has... Wat abt 17''??? Do u knw wat reso it supports??? Wuld above still be ok wid 17''
May 4, 2011 1:18:21 AM

22" or 46", it doesn't really matter. All that matters is resolution for gaming performance. Are you talking about buying a monitor? If so, I wouldn't go smaller than a 19" (1440x900) for a new one.

Graphics: Correction, Intel HD 2000 (i3-2100 integrated) is significantly worse than a 4670 http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-220,2445...

Notice the i3-2100 is about 65% of a 4550 in the first link. And a 4550 is about 40% of a 4670. That makes Intel HD 2000 only about 1/4 as good as a 4670, which isn't close.

If your computer is only for gaming, you don't need anything powerful to use a 5670, which is much better than the 4670. Consider just upgrading your exisiting computer.

May 4, 2011 1:25:34 AM

sad i dont have one at all.....all this chattin and help from an e63 smartphone :-(
May 4, 2011 1:30:50 AM

dalauder said:
22" or 46", it doesn't really matter. All that matters is resolution for gaming performance. Are you talking about buying a monitor? If so, I wouldn't go smaller than a 19" (1440x900) for a new one.

Graphics: Correction, Intel HD 2000 (i3-2100 integrated) is significantly worse than a 4670 http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-220,2445...

Notice the i3-2100 is about 65% of a 4550 in the first link. And a 4550 is about 40% of a 4670. That makes Intel HD 2000 only about 1/4 as good as a 4670, which isn't close.

If your computer is only for gaming, you don't need anything powerful to use a 5670, which is much better than the 4670. Consider just upgrading your exisiting computer.

I dont have a pc at all....thanks to a smartphone that is suriving me!! Hey but Corsair CMPSU-430CX CX Series 430-watt Power
Supply???? U think it will manage to work cool with 4670???? I knw u hate this card but can u tell me a better one in same range...its like 50 dollars
May 4, 2011 1:48:21 AM

$50 shipped to India or $50 to ship to the U.S.?

The CX430 can handle up to a Radeon 5770 just fine, maybe more. But I'd have to do a little research to check for any card bigger than that.
May 4, 2011 1:51:31 AM

no just the cost...shipping excluded
May 4, 2011 2:03:59 AM

GeForce 9800GT $49.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

See review comparison: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...
The card I linked has slightly slower clock rates though, so it would probably match the 5670 unless you overclocked it.

That's the best I could find and it doesn't have that great of a warranty.

So $400 includes the monitor and operating system? I really don't think you can build a gaming computer for that price unless you mean VERY low end that you won't be that happy with. What games do you want to play?

I think you should go with the cheapest computer with integrated graphics you can get, maybe an Athlon II x3 and a decent $80 19" monitor. That'll all run you about $400. Then add a $105 Radeon 5830 when you get the money. Besides, graphics cards will get cheaper as you get more money. Also, since you're strapped for cash, it is important that you overclock to get the most out of your parts. Here's a general guide. I'll link specific parts if you think it sounds good.

CPU: $75 Athlon II x3
Mobo: $60 AM3 on Newegg w/ integrated video
RAM: $40 4GB DDR3 ($15 cheaper with rebates or 15% off Newegg code)
PSU: $40 CX430 on Newegg
Case: $40 Thermaltake V4 after coupon with rebate. You need decent airflow because you're gonna need to overclock
DVD: $20--find an old IDE one for free from a friend's old computer though
HDD: $45 500GB--find an old one for free from a friend's old computer though
Monitor: $80 19" 1440x900

TOTAL: $400 exactly

But if you're going to pay like $150 to ship this from the U.S. to India, you really shoud pay the $30 extra to get a 22" monitor, extra $8 to get 1600CL8 Giel RAM instead of 1333CL9, and extra $10 to get a FAST hard drive (Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB).

I'd also wait until I had the $100 to add a video card since you can ship all the parts assembled inside the case for the lowest shipping, I assume.
May 4, 2011 8:16:06 AM

dalauder said:
GeForce 9800GT $49.99 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

See review comparison: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...
The card I linked has slightly slower clock rates though, so it would probably match the 5670 unless you overclocked it.

That's the best I could find and it doesn't have that great of a warranty.

So $400 includes the monitor and operating system? I really don't think you can build a gaming computer for that price unless you mean VERY low end that you won't be that happy with. What games do you want to play?

I think you should go with the cheapest computer with integrated graphics you can get, maybe an Athlon II x3 and a decent $80 19" monitor. That'll all run you about $400. Then add a $105 Radeon 5830 when you get the money. Besides, graphics cards will get cheaper as you get more money. Also, since you're strapped for cash, it is important that you overclock to get the most out of your parts. Here's a general guide. I'll link specific parts if you think it sounds good.

CPU: $75 Athlon II x3
Mobo: $60 AM3 on Newegg w/ integrated video
RAM: $40 4GB DDR3 ($15 cheaper with rebates or 15% off Newegg code)
PSU: $40 CX430 on Newegg
Case: $40 Thermaltake V4 after coupon with rebate. You need decent airflow because you're gonna need to overclock
DVD: $20--find an old IDE one for free from a friend's old computer though
HDD: $45 500GB--find an old one for free from a friend's old computer though
Monitor: $80 19" 1440x900

TOTAL: $400 exactly

But if you're going to pay like $150 to ship this from the U.S. to India, you really shoud pay the $30 extra to get a 22" monitor, extra $8 to get 1600CL8 Giel RAM instead of 1333CL9, and extra $10 to get a FAST hard drive (Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB).

I'd also wait until I had the $100 to add a video card since you can ship all the parts assembled inside the case for the lowest shipping, I assume.

Well ill place some cpu in front of u tell me the best of it then if im going for amd:
Athlon II x3,AMD Phenom II X4 945 or corei 3 2100??????? For gaming in built suuport to run a game like prince of persia????
May 4, 2011 8:19:20 AM

of course the above cpu with integrated board! Do list me some affordable board with integrated graphic performance to run the above game?
May 5, 2011 12:15:07 AM


My bad, I been specing a car pc build and thats the processor I'm planning on using.

I guess thats $10 less you have to save up for. Good catch everyone!
Hey! Yeah I was testing you! You passed! LoL
May 5, 2011 1:03:55 AM

Which Prince of Persia game? Integrated graphics really can't play any game made in the last 4 years very well.

If you overclock, a Phenom II x4 945 is a good choice, otherwise the i3 is better. The i3-2100 will cost you $60 more though, which you really can't afford.

The Athlon II x3 is the worst of the bunch, but it's the only way you fit a monitor into a $400 gaming computer.

If you want to play games, you will need a discrete graphics card.
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