Budget gaming computer

Hello everyone! My imac has been serving me well and now is the time to get a new computer. I plan on using this imac as a game server

I'm a noobie when it comes to building and could use some help!

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Approximate Purchase Date: About a month.

Budget Range: 400-500 Base [May increase]

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Only gaming: Skyrim, Tf2, Gmod, TMNF, Simulators [FSX, Fks, Tts, fs2011],

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Psu [400watt], Hdd's [250x2+500], Perifs., OS, Case [Leave 50$ or so for a case in budget, I will pick]

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: America

Parts Preferences: Well, Amd. I Don't think a i7-990x will fit in my budget

Overclocking: Most likely no.

SLI or Crossfire: Hybrid crossfire maybe w/ A4, A6, Or A8 Apu's

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Additional Comments: I wan't to be able to record games or at LEAST be able to play with out lagging. Gotta love my 9400m <3. I don't care about looks, Performance is more important that ' OH ITS SHINY'

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Current idea:

- Amd A6-3500
- Hd 6450 or 6570
- Cheap Fm1 board.

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Thanks so much!
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  1. For $500 you can get a better system than A6. Esp. with the parts you already have.
  2. I wouldn't recommend the AMD Fusion unless you're making a HTPC or web browsing. I would go with a AMD Phenom II or FX. Also, the "400W PSU" is of what brand? You might want to buy a new one because a unreliable PSU could potentially fry your system.
  3. r0aringdrag0n said:
    I wouldn't recommend the AMD Fusion unless you're making a HTPC or web browsing. I would go with a AMD Phenom II or FX. Also, the "400W PSU" is of what brand? You might want to buy a new one because a unreliable PSU could potentially fry your system.


    The Psu i have is Corsair i got a year ago for my grandpa's old computer, witch recently just got too old. [it was 13 years old]
  4. Your PSU is 14 years old? Yeah, definitely time for a new one.
  5. CPU: FX-4100 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Graphics: PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

    MoBo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Case: Have $0

    HDD: Have $0

    RAM: Patriot 4GB Model PSD34G1333K $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220537

    Heatsink+Fan: Stock $0

    DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    Total: $527
  6. go for i3-2100
  7. I would agree with madchemist, although the i3 might, overall, cost higher than the FX.
  8. it's $125
    and if u have microcenter close buy u can get it for $99
  9. if you're going with an all basic system, then yes, the i3 will be better and cheaper. However, if you're going for ability to upgrade, then the i3 loses, because more LGA1155 motherboards under $100 is single PCIe 2.0/2.1/3.0 slotted and is the intel h chipset motherboard, meaning you can't overclock.
  10. correct but AMD is done in cpu business anyways so .. no way to upgrade
    for that budget I don't think OP will plan on sli or cf any time soon
    amd one GPu will pull most of the games just fine
  11. I have an i3-2100, and it's great! I would highly recommend it.
  12. FinneousPJ said:
    Your PSU is 14 years old? Yeah, definitely time for a new one.


    No, The PSU unit is not 14 years old. The computer it was in was, and so was the psu IT replaced. the psu i have is a 400 watt. And i have decided to get a 600 watt psu because im going with someones suggestion of a ' Amd Fx 4100 & 6850 '. I have reading reviews and i have managed to fit this into my budget.
  13. r0aringdrag0n said:
    CPU: FX-4100 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Graphics: PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

    MoBo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Case: Have $0

    HDD: Have $0

    RAM: Patriot 4GB Model PSD34G1333K $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220537

    Heatsink+Fan: Stock $0

    DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    Total: $527


    Hello! I'm going to use some parts from this list. I have got some help on the 'little things I.E. cd/dvd etc.]' what i have chosen is a 6850 and a Fx 4100 w/ 600watt psu. All while maintaining my budget. The 6850 i have found is 40$ less. And still playes games amazingly.
  14. Ok, well, the 6870 is more expensive for a reason, it's better.
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