Help build a $400-500 gaming pc

title says it all, this is my first time making a computer

please help :)

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 Weeks

Budget Range: 400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming,Internet,Videos,Home


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: uh amazon?

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: im not sure

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: not sure

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments:if possible i would like a quiet pc.
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  1. Please read Stickies in forums before posting questions. Please fill this out for help:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. kcsmacker said:
    Please read Stickies in forums before posting questions. Please fill this out for help:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice


    im sorry il edit my post now.
  3. rikaarikato said:
    im sorry il edit my post now.


    Its all good! Just can not help until we know more <(^_^)<
  4. Ok well not sure what games you want to play, but 400-500 bucks is REALLY budget. I did a quick search in google and found this,

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094

    CD/DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138329

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911

    Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220480

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102934

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Shipped $418.59

    after MIR $378.59

    after that its about 100 bucks for a basic 64 bit Windows 7 so:

    518.59 Before MIR
    478.59 After MIR

    About the best I can do for 500 bucks. maybe someone else can do better. Depending on what you want to play this build may not be enough but is damn good for the price.
  5. Processor: 139.99$
    AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    GPU: 74.99$>59.99$ after rebate
    SAPPHIRE 100326DDR3L Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102952

    HDD: 79.99$
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Ram: 29.99$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Motherboard:74.99$
    ASRock A55 PRO3 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157278

    PSU: 69.99$>59.99$ after rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Case: 49.99$>39.99$ after rebate
    Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133179

    Total: 519.93$>479.93$ after rebate

    then just use ay 20bucks or so optical disk drive and of course you can change the cpu to the a6 3670K for 120bucks and the psu to a cx500W

    the 6670 is so that you can crossfire it with your built in graphics and giving you better fps on most games even at 1920x1080 resolution even on higher settings. but of course not on the level of 7970s or gtx680 lol.

    you can drop down to a a6 3670K and save that few bucsk and buy a optical drive or even go with whatever works with the built in graphicsof a6 for crossfire.

    I don't have an a6 but I do havean a8 3870K with 6670 and performs awesome on 1080,

    but of course there would be people slapping you with an i3 2100 or something, either option ain't so bad, if your going with 6670 gpu go with the amd apu but if not then go with intel
  6. Tavo_Nova said:
    Processor: 139.99$
    AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    GPU: 74.99$>59.99$ after rebate
    SAPPHIRE 100326DDR3L Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102952

    HDD: 79.99$
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Ram: 29.99$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Motherboard:74.99$
    ASRock A55 PRO3 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157278

    PSU: 69.99$>59.99$ after rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Case: 49.99$>39.99$ after rebate
    Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133179

    Total: 519.93$>479.93$ after rebate

    then just use ay 20bucks or so optical disk drive and of course you can change the cpu to the a6 3670K for 120bucks and the psu to a cx500W

    the 6670 is so that you can crossfire it with your built in graphics and giving you better fps on most games even at 1920x1080 resolution even on higher settings. but of course not on the level of 7970s or gtx680 lol.

    you can drop down to a a6 3670K and save that few bucsk and buy a optical drive or even go with whatever works with the built in graphicsof a6 for crossfire.

    I don't have an a6 but I do havean a8 3870K with 6670 and performs awesome on 1080,

    but of course there would be people slapping you with an i3 2100 or something, either option ain't so bad, if your going with 6670 gpu go with the amd apu but if not then go with intel


    Not bad but he will be way over budget after buying windows 7
  7. Whatever you do, DONT get an APU for gaming. Cheap CPU + lower end graphics card will always outperform a APU in gaming.

    $500 can get you a G850 + HD6770 including an OS. Just check the $500 build in my sig. I'm pretty sure you cant top that for the budget.
  8. well I do suggest apu if hes getting 6670 like what I posted, and it does better against i3 2100 even without a gpu. I don't know if you had first hand experience with that but. clearly the a8 3870K without gpu performs much better than i3 2100 without gpu, and putting a 6670 the crossfire gives better fps than the i3 2100. also the reason why i said if going other than 6670 go with intel,

    for that budget I made it that way so he can easily drop down the prices by choosing something else. IMO he can even go with the pentium g and a better gpu than 6670 and gives him better performance than apu with a gpu in crossfire, well not really fps wise but gives better overall performance.

    edit: at his resolution actually he can also go for pentium g with any low end card and works wonders. to whatever he likes, also he didn't mention anything about which part he doesn't need, so if so even the monitor should be added and mouse and keyboard and speaker and such lol.

    anyways it should perform well whether he go apu or pentium as his resolution is so low as either won't matter
  9. The Little Gamer that could:

    LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - Retail - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240
    Item #: N82E16827136240
    $16.99

    ZALMAN Z9 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235026
    Item #: N82E16811235026
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $49.99

    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    -$10.00 Instant
    $89.99
    $79.99

    SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    Item #: N82E16814102908
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $149.99

    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
    Item #: N82E16817139026
    -$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $49.99
    $44.99

    Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748
    Item #: N82E16820146748
    $22.99

    BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332
    Item #: N82E16813138332
    -$5.00 Instant
    $54.99
    $49.99

    Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G630
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116406
    Item #: N82E16819116406
    $79.99
    ---------
    $494.92 + $16 Shipping and has $35 MIR's

    here is THG's performance chart for sub $200 CPU's:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-9.html

    I chose the case based on free shipping, quality and silence.
    there are some combos that NewEgg has that may drive the price down a little. the OP didn't say whether they needed an OS included in the build. If so then looking at the combo deals just before purchasing and reducing the GPU to a HD 7750/HD 6670 should add the OS and keep the system within budget.

    there also some interesting combo's for a bigger PSU and CPU's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.868718
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.868001

    combo's come and go so I didn't quote them in the build as the OP is 2-3 weeks from purchase.
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