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Building a low budget gaming computer for under $370

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July 16, 2011 3:22:37 AM

Alright well my friend only has $370 and he wants me to build a PC that can play games like Fallout 3 and COD4 in about medium settings.. Here is about what he wants..

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: 370 and under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and web surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences:D oesn't matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: umm Im not sure what his monitor is but I know its a standard definition monitor hehe

Additional Comments: He just wants parts that wont break after like 2 months like no cheap PSU's or anything like that
July 16, 2011 3:24:26 AM

Sorry I accidently posted this twice :( 
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
July 16, 2011 5:27:33 PM

I didn't think that budget was going to be possible but heres a decent build that should run those games even on max settings (low resolution.)

All prices from

AMD Phenom II X3 720
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB)
ZOTAC ZT-40503-10L GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB
Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower
Foxconn M61PMP-K AM3 NVIDIA MCP61P Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB

Total $373.88 Before $40 of rebates and shipping.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2011 7:02:29 PM

This build is very similar to jmsellars1's, but I think he/she went with an OEM CPU so you will need a CPU HSF for that build.
shipping is going to be $19 and a $30 MIR on the build below. Really, there is no way of scaling anything back in either build, we both are slightly over the $370 budget before the MIR. You listed some parts not needed, so is there anything else salvageable from your friend's old computer like the case, or DVD/CD drive? that would save a few $.

I personally would go with a little more on the GPU like a HD 6770 for $25. tell your friend to mow a few yards and wash a few cars :)

Some of THG advice on gaming CPU's,297...

and on the GPU (the 6770 is THG best by at $115),...

The Rig
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289

Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Case
Item #: N82E16811815004
-$10.00 Instant

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
-$5.00 Instant

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138179
-$5.00 Instant

ZOTAC ZT-40503-10L GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814500187
-$30.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate

XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817815007
-$25.00 Instant

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231396

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103911
October 29, 2011 5:04:16 PM

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