[First Build] ~$400 budget

Need a cheap gaming computer, Just posting this to see if this is a good build/ if anyone can find better parts for same/cheaper price. Looking to play games like TF2, Killing Floor, etc. Thanks! (Stole everything except for DVDburner/OS from ThyManBearPig's budget build)

Crucial Ballistix 4GB - $25
Sapphire 5670 - $65
Biostar N68S3+ - $45
Gigabyte SGCC Black - $32
Cooler Master 460W - $33
Athlon II x2 250 - $60
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $40
ASUS DVD Burner - $20
Windows 7 Home - $99
Totals out to $421 ($401 with rebates) at checkout, not including $15 shipping.
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  1. not that motherboard . nVidia chipset thats failed when it was new and is even worse value now
    Check out an AMD Llano A8 3850 build . The graphics are stronger than your current build and thats built in to the processor .Use am-ATX motherboard to save money
  2. Have any links to builds like that?

    And I want the budget to INCLUDE the OS. Just making that clear :)
  3. hey heres a better case wich will make your build even cheaper giving you more money to get a better gpu. its got its own power supply wich is 480 w
  4. Check out my build for $400 here:
    Although, it doesn't have an OS so it'll be $500. Your build would be cheaper.
  5. Here's my $.02

    $30 Xigmatek ASGARD II B/S (tooless, and painted interior)(get a second 120mm fan later for the rear)
    $41 Antec VP-450 450W (never cheap out on a decent PSU)
    $40 BIOSTAR A780L3L AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX (open box)(has onboard vid, so hybrid x-fire with ati card)
    $23 G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    $60 AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz ($10 more would get you a 3 core)
    $19 LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X
    $40 Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (combo with DVD, save $6.50)
    $70 GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
    $95 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

    Total: $418 + S&H (not counting combo, special, code, or MIR)
  6. So shellshocker deals today/tonight could work out well.

    The RAM is extremely cheap(I'd buy two which is cheaper than any (2x2gb) I've seen) , and would that motherboard be promising?
  7. Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    bundled with:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

    Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G

    PowerColor AX6670 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    With this build you have:
    - High quality parts
    -Quad Core Processor, easy o/c and ready for everything!
    -New AMD's 970 chipset
    -Plug n Play AMD Bulldozer!
    -GPU who can give you playable fps with all filters on at 1920x1080

    In my opinion the best you can get with this budget! 430$ with MIR!
  8. Best answer
    A8-3850 + Win7 64-Bit $220
    Asrock A75M-HVS + A-DATA XPG 4GB DDR3 1600 $93
    Xigmatek 400w $35
    Seagate 500GB + Lite-On DVD/CD Drive $53
    NZXT Beta $40
    Total: $440

    Mich, how much is the MIRs? After MIR isn't the same as before. Not all companies actually honor them and that's a lot of money not guaranteed back.
  9. It's 10$ from PSU, 20$ from CPU & Motherboard combo, 5$ from RAM and 20$ from GPU so 10+20+5+20 = 55 $. If I remember well, my build costs around 470 without MIR.
  10. I've got around 400 to drop, so looks like I'm going couch diving for some coins, haha.

    And I think Azn's build is the most promising for what I'm asking. I think I'm going to stick with it, and upgrade from there. :)

    And are there any cases with a certified psu? I'm looking to knock off some in order to see if I can get a graphics card too.
  11. :D So Llano?

    Yeah Llano is solid, defiantly getting a low 100w TDP but still getting a lower end Phenom CPU performance and a mid-range GPU performance in that TDP is pretty sweet. I don't recommend buying cases with psus coming with it. The Xigmatek would do fine 400w 80+ Brnze. I mean after all, THG used an i3 2100+6850 with a 380w 80+ Brnze Antec and it functioned fine.
  12. Thanks azn. :D I guess with my budget, I should just stick with what I have. I might buy an extra heatsink+fan because the reviews on the Llano A8 say it heats up pretty quick, and then the NZXT case has apparently only one fan. And I can't take any chance of frying stuff. Should I be worried about that? :pt1cable:
  13. No I wouldn't say that you'd need to buy a fan.
    According to the review it ran chilly. But that was with an aftermarket heatsink. I think you should use it first before actually getting it. I don't think you'll need it honestly.
  14. Alright! I'll try and order it this week. And I'll let you know how the build goes. Thanks azn! :)
  15. Best answer selected by hunterg.
  16. Good luck!
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