Knows nothing need help on setup

Approximate Purchase Date: before april 20

Budget Range: 400$ (just the box)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, playing heroes of HoN and LoL and Point Blank

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speaker, Table I have a Windows Vista but I'm thinking of getting Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't know which site since my parents would be the one buying the parts for me for my birthday on april 20 (they will visit me here on april 15-may 2 and hopefully I get a working gaming PC)

Country: US (they are bringing it as a whole unit after building it there in the US)

Parts Preferences: I don't have any parts preference as I don't know anything.

Overclocking: No, I don't know this care to give me some info please? will this fit in my budget?

SLI or Crossfire: No, I don't know this too, any insight on this if it will fit my budget?

Monitor Resolution: I have an old Acer monitor at 1440x900 resolution I got from a friend for free since hes scrapping it,

Additional Comments: I'll try to keep my self online as much as possible since i'm just leeching off my neighbors wireless internet (got no internet for now as my parents said they will apply for an internet connection when they come back here on my country.

I just want to play HoN, LoL, Point Blank, Dragonica, Dragon Nest on the highest detail if possible but I'm ok with the lowest detail possible if that doesn't fit my budget.

when I was looking around some people were saying go Intel and some were saying go AMD, so far I have no idea about this and I don't know where to start, some how I just stumbled around here and saw such a nice helping section specially for newbies like me.
Me and my family are not rich people so the max my parents willing to pay for my gaming computer is 400$ no more but they would be happy if it is lesser than that.
I might have lot's of newbie questions so please bear with me.

there are times where I won't be able to reply immediately as I'm just leeching off my neighbors wireless internet so please bear with that too and hopefully please storm me some setups and reasons as to why that specific parts
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  1. website: for parts or for a whole pc? parts would be cheaper but you would have to assemble them yourself which is not hard. newegg is the preferred parts website.

    overclocking: is free. this is speeding up your cpu to perform better at the expense of more heat output. since you know nothing i dont suggest it.

    sli or crossfire: this is adding two video cards instead of one. this is not for your budget.

    amd or intel: in general intel is leading the market right now so i would have to suggest intel. between nvidia and amd for video cards its up to which you prefer. personally i like nvidia software much better.

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    for ideas look at some builds other people are listing in your price range of $400. i wouldnt go less than this amount. if you are willing to go with slightly older parts that still perform well you can get more for your money.

    for $400 what i personally would do is:

    intel i3 processor, older models will be cheaper
    cheap value motherboard with onboard sound from major manufacturer
    4gb value series ram from major manufacturer
    500gb +/- hard drive from western digital, 7200 rpm
    cheapest case you can get with the options you want or reuse old one.
    cheapest dvd player or reuse old one.
    best video card you can get with the remaining cash.

    i'd use that as a starting point and work up. things should be about within your budget depending on where you get the parts from.
  2. they said it is cheaper to get a part and just assemble it their at their home in the US.
    do you know any reliable online stores that deliver in the US? it would be better if they sell them with discounts and stuff.

    I actually like to search around but my internet get's cut off every now and then seeing as i'm just trying to get a nice signal on this wireless internet. but with lack of understanding some threads I look into doesn't have much information as to why the certain part, for me I've only used a really old laptop I'm borrowing from my sister and I'm completely clueless about this stuff.

    but I'll try to look around of that list you gave me and ask my father if he knows anything.
  3. You should buy an ethernet cable. :)
  4. for US if your parents are near Microcenter then it's your God send shop with your small budget.

    but How about newegg they have lot's of rebates and discount promo's, also tigerdirect is good.

    i'll try to come up a 400$ build, and hopefully I'll be able to find the one you like, I'll try to go as low as possible on both Intel and AMD
  5. Here's an Intel Build, I'm going as cheap as possible without skimping much on GPU and PSU and a decent CPU

    Processor: 51.99$
    Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116409

    Memory: 19.99$
    Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313102

    Motherboard: 64.99$
    ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157246

    Video Card: 69.99
    Sapphire 6670 1gb 128bitDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102952


    Hard Disk: 74.99$
    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770


    Power Supply: 44.99$>24.99$ after rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026


    Case: 39.99$
    CM Elite 311
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119247


    366.93$ Before rebate and shipping
    346.93$ after rebate and no shipping

    you can actually go lower by choosing a cheaper hdd and gpu, or going with the celeron. ok now i'll look around the amd side (btw I'm trying to stick to lower than 400$ and I'll avoid going more than 400%)


    AMD Build

    Processor: 64.99$
    AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D AD3300OJGXBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103957

    Memory: 19.99$
    Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313102

    Motherboard: 55.99$
    ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157277

    Video Card: 59.99
    MSI R6450-MD2GD3/LP Radeon HD 6450 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127610


    Hard Disk: 74.99$
    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770


    Power Supply: 44.99$>24.99$ after rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026


    Case: 39.99$
    CM Elite 311
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119247

    360.93$ before rebate and shipping

    330.93$ after rebate (if my calculation is right lol i'm sleepy right now i'll check it out later) no shipping included

    I haven't personally tested any of them except the g530 should work nicely for your needs
  6. the intel cpu, sapphire 6670 (not the msi one there),the psu, the case, are the components i've personally tested should be great but with the case there are other better, only chose it due to lower mount and trying to go cheap
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