$450 gaming Build

Helping a buddy of mine build a computer but his budget is much lower than anything I've worked with before, Looking to get the best bang for your buck. Hes decided on using Ubuntu so an OS is not needed, along with a mouse and keyboard. Monitor is needed, no required resolution really, but nothing too low. OC and SLI is not important, mainly using it for a couple games and daily activities (TF2, and wants to play BF3 on Low settings). Thanks in advance for any help.

*****I've been looking around for pre-builts and couldn't find anything really to an acceptable level for his budget, But if you know of a good pre-built please share!


Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is the main priority for him.

Parts Not Required: OS, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, whatever I can get the best deal on, can split from multiple websites

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel or AMD build, either or is fine

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Thanks again for any help, greatly appricated.
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  1. yeah, im running through newegg right now making a build and have this so far
    $27 G skill x series 1333Mhz
    $90 Intel Pentium G860 SB 3.0GHz
    $50 WD Green 320Gb

    actually had the same HD on there already.
  2. also need to fit a monitor and Optical drive in there, i have a simmilar build but with a 550TI picked out and a asrock mobo, but i need to cut it back more for the monitor and case still
  3. Get an APU?
  4. ill try this seemingly hard looking feat
  5. Umm..will BF3 even run on Linux?
  6. Ubuntu is going to be a problem here. Last I tried the OS was incredibly slow on Sandy compared to WIndows.
    Gaming is not going to be very practical either.

    You can fit a pretty decent build in the $450 range (especially without an OS) if you wait for deals.
    $15 Motherboard, $30 Antec NSK2480 PSU + Case, $44 CPU G630, and a $49.99 WD Drive.
    Most of those deals have sailed, but they give you an idea.
  7. Lite-on burner 18 fs
    Apex micro atx case 30
    500gb caviar blue 70
    Acer 18.5" screen 90
    rosewill speakers 7$
    Sapphire hd 6670 ddr3 65$
    Antec vp 450 47$
    Pareema 2x2gb 21$
    Asrock h61m-dgs 45$
    Pentium g620 64$
    shipping 14.85

    total: 472.75$ this is without promo codes nor MIR. with rebate it would be 452.75

    bestish? i can do for now i guess?
  8. dudewitbow said:
    Lite-on burner 18 fs
    Apex micro atx case 30
    500gb caviar blue 70
    Acer 18.5" screen 90
    rosewill speakers 7$
    Sapphire hd 6670 ddr3 65$
    Antec vp 450 47$
    Pareema 2x2gb 21$
    Asrock h61m-dgs 45$
    Pentium g620 64$
    shipping 14.85

    total: 472.75$ this is without promo codes nor MIR. with rebate it would be 452.75

    bestish? i can do for now i guess?



    Looks good, although couldn't he drop the PSU to the Antec Basiq 350W and still power that build easily?
  9. SingingThroughTheStorm said:
    Looks good, although couldn't he drop the PSU to the Antec Basiq 350W and still power that build easily?



    probably could if he needed to.
  10. CPU: AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951
    $69.99 (after $10 code)

    Mobo: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157277
    $53.99 ($48.99 after rebate)

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310
    $21.99

    Optical: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    $17.99

    HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    $69.99

    Case: GIGABYTE GZ-F3HEB Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233072
    $19.99

    PSU: 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
    $44.99 ($24.99 after MiR)

    GPU: SAPPHIRE 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
    $74.99 ($59.99 after rebate)

    Monitor: Acer G205HVbd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009314&cm_sp=Cat_Monitors-_-Best_Sellers-_-24-009-314
    $89.99 (after 10% code EMCNDHA33)


    That should work out well. Total with shipping is $486.71 before MiR...AND $446.71 AFTER! Not bad for all that. It's even expandable - and a 20" monitor at 1600x900 is respectable.
  11. I should note those promo codes expire Wednesday. And everything is pretty decent brands.
  12. inanition02 said:
    I should note those promo codes expire Wednesday. And everything is pretty decent brands.



    only reason why i opted in using promo codes, in my case, the hdd would be 5$ cheaper with promo, and the psu would be 15% cheaper.
  13. wow, thank you guys for all the feedback, Inanation your build looks to be pretty good there, also it seems with there being a lot of issues for him, hes gonna pick up windows 7 and add that in as a seperate part of the budget.
    I do notice though, why have an APU and a GPU? I ask because i honestly dont know why, so to me it just seems redundant.

    Im gonna show him a good part of your build there Inanation, the system i had was very simmilar but i couldnt squeeze it down to less than 515 without sacrificing a lot. So thank you for your help with that.

    Also I'm gonna show him this tonight since those codes will expire tomorrow, hopefully he can make a decision on what he wants to do.
  14. lldsgt said:
    wow, thank you guys for all the feedback, Inanation your build looks to be pretty good there, also it seems with there being a lot of issues for him, hes gonna pick up windows 7 and add that in as a seperate part of the budget.
    I do notice though, why have an APU and a GPU? I ask because i honestly dont know why, so to me it just seems redundant.

    Im gonna show him a good part of your build there Inanation, the system i had was very simmilar but i couldnt squeeze it down to less than 515 without sacrificing a lot. So thank you for your help with that.

    Also I'm gonna show him this tonight since those codes will expire tomorrow, hopefully he can make a decision on what he wants to do.


    The APUs perform much better when you Crossfire them with a low end card like the 6670.
    Put simply the APU may not allow for high details at that resolution, but the added low end
    video card will allow it to run much better.
  15. SingingThroughTheStorm said:
    The APUs perform much better when you Crossfire them with a low end card like the 6670.
    Put simply the APU may not allow for high details at that resolution, but the added low end
    video card will allow it to run much better.



    Oh wow, i was unaware you could crossfire a APU with a video card. Well thanks for that ill deffinitly pass that information along. Appriciate all the help
  16. lldsgt said:
    Oh wow, i was unaware you could crossfire a APU with a video card. Well thanks for that ill deffinitly pass that information along. Appriciate all the help


    Also, without the GPU, you'd have basically a 6450, I think. Not enough to play BF3...
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