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Searching for 350~425$ gaming rig.

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April 8, 2012 4:53:50 AM

Start off by saying i'm making this for a friend. who doesn't have a computer at the moment and can't make it himself. I've also never made a PC this cheap which is why i'm asking. I tend to build computers in the 700 to 900$ range.

Approximate Purchase Date: It depends on what you guys can suggest as available for now. If we can't afford to get one together for around 400dollars that can run all existing games at least at low to mid setting I'll tell him to wait awhile.

Budget Range: 350-425(425 is and absolute cap)

System Usage: Games only. No other use

Parts Not Required: no periphs. no case. no monitor. no software

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg tigerdirect

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD Nvidia, Intel. not important. QUALITY is important.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 up to 1680x1050 (not set in stone)

Additional Comments: Needs to be easy to maintain. no water cooling. no overheating gpu's. (He's a beginner)

What I'd like to see him get around:
1. looking for something just below and i5core in terms of power. or a really cheap suitable i5.
2.exact or slightly under nvidia 460gtx.
3. I'm probobly going to suggest 4GB's of Corsair sticks (cheaper and imo better timing on them then g-skill). however it depends on the motherboard you would suggest (as in if it can support dd3).

This will be a windows 7 64bit computer

~Thank you for your time

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April 8, 2012 4:06:30 PM

mobo for 45
cpu for113 , after coupon, coupon ending 4/9
ram 2x4GB for 38
hdd 320GB for 75
gpu hd6870 for 130, ar, after coupon, coupon ending 4/10

equals 401$

note- you will need a psu with atleast 25A current rating at 12v, that meanr a psu with atleast 500w total capacity and 300w capacity on 12v. Otherwise switch to hd7770.
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April 8, 2012 8:06:46 PM

Thank you for your replies so far. Don't mean to throw in a curveball. But out of interest. I've never bought a full computer off of one of the deals from newegg and such. Are there any out there that offer comparable quality for price as building from scratch?
April 8, 2012 8:12:59 PM

It's quite easy, Youtube would be good for you that's a solid place to look for guides.

April 9, 2012 2:49:01 AM

aznshinobi said:
It's quite easy, Youtube would be good for you that's a solid place to look for guides.

Sorry I'm a bit confused. What's easy? i was asking about full already built computers if they offer comparable prices like what truegenius supposed. like some of the kind they offer on newegg now. Not saying that putting one together is difficult. Or is there a guide you mean that talks about comparisons in price between sold deal computers and hand built ones.
April 9, 2012 4:56:53 AM

OHHHHHH, no I would just suggest building it yourself. I wasn't reading all the way through and thought you meant you've never build before and you were looking for a guide.

But as for fully build system for gaming, they usually jip you somewhere along the way. You'll get the most out of your money from building it yourself.
April 9, 2012 11:59:05 AM

Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz CPU ($69.99)
Zotac H61MAT-A-E mATX Motherboard ($49.99)
G.Skill NS 4GB DDR3 1333 MHz ($22.99)
Gigabyte GV-R775OC Radeon HD 7750 ($109.99)
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 640GB HDD ($69.99)
Lite-On DVD Burner ($18.99)
FSP Group ATX300w PSU ($27.99)
Fractal Design 1000 mATX Computer case ($39.99)

Total = $409.92
April 11, 2012 3:30:40 AM

Alright Thank you. And thanks sam for more parts listing. i think will beable to put a decent one together now.
April 11, 2012 4:03:41 AM

Part list permalink:
Part price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.00 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($96.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $387.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-11 00:03 EDT-0400)
April 14, 2012 9:57:05 AM

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