Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

$400 Gaming Computer build Suggestions/Compatibility advice

Last response: in Systems
June 21, 2012 4:42:21 PM

My old pc broke down recently and I've decided to build for <$400. As a first time builder, and bit intimitaded with the task. After 2 days of searching around for builds, I came up with this.
Any suggestions/advice would be a great help. Thanks.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $300-$400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Watching Streams/Music/Skype

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Whatever is the best/optimal

Overclocking: Maybe more towards the yes side

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments:Feel free to utilize any coupons/rebates and such. Any build suggestions is much appreciated and any tips for building the pc. Thanks.

June 21, 2012 4:56:49 PM

I cant see your wishlist
June 21, 2012 5:24:47 PM
Related resources
June 21, 2012 5:28:11 PM

NO on that RAM
June 21, 2012 5:32:04 PM

Try looking at stuff from NCIX and you might want to buy from both for lower prices sorry if this isnt helpful
June 21, 2012 6:06:27 PM

It's fine, but I want to make sure that the parts I have are compatible. :/ 
Or any other suggestions are fine too.
June 21, 2012 7:05:42 PM

You cant use that RAM 1600 with the sandy bridge says the motherboard description lol
June 21, 2012 7:22:16 PM

You can use that RAM, it'll clock down to 1066 by default anyway. You'd have to use an XMP profile in order to get the 1600 Mhz. You can always select 1333Mhz or just roll with the default.
June 21, 2012 7:26:45 PM

You do know you're missing an HDD and an Optical Drive, right?
June 21, 2012 7:31:07 PM

Yea I noticed but thats pretty easy to fit into the build.
June 21, 2012 7:33:13 PM

TCheung said:
Yea I noticed but thats pretty easy to fit into the build.

Hard Drives are $50+.
June 21, 2012 7:40:47 PM

June 21, 2012 7:48:56 PM

TCheung said:
Would it be able to give enough power for the whole computer?

Oh, more than enough. That little PSU is a beast: 80+ Bronze rating. You could power an HD 6870 with your build.

Here's a good cheap burner:
And a cheap 250GB Hard Drive:

There was massive flooding in Thailand last year - took out several warehouses where new hard drives were held. Still recovering, apparently.
June 21, 2012 8:00:36 PM

Yea, I heard about it. It's kind of unfortunate :/ 
June 21, 2012 8:26:37 PM

Looks like you're at $560, but it's money well-spent. Sorry you have to pay like $80 in shipping! Newegg's the best, though.
June 21, 2012 9:11:22 PM

In the beginning I was planning to buy a 200-300 dollor pc just for a years use. But I am pretty happy about this build though. Thanks alot