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I need a decent gaming computer for 400 dollors

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July 16, 2012 9:57:38 AM

Yes i know i am crazy but budget is budget and thats all i have right now ive looked at an acer and its ok for my needs but i want to know if i can get better i want to play games like Arma2 and Payday but my gateway i have now is slowley dying and i cant upgrade so if anyone knows of a decent computer or a place where i can make a decent computer it world be greatley apreciated

a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2012 3:37:40 PM

Here's the problem that your facing , for $400 the prebuilts are all going to have intergrated graphics and that's not very goog for gaming. You can do web surfing and playing movies and some very light games. To build one with a seperate video card your looking at $600 minimum for something that would do a decent job at games. So is $400 the absolute limit and when could you increase that.
a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2012 4:10:12 PM

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GZ-F4HEB Black 0.5mm Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
$124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M2A1333C9
$24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$94.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $84.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $39.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$124.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $109.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total for this build is $483.92 and while it's over your $400 this is a build that will play your games and maybe you can get a lower price from some other online store or if you happen to live near a Micro Center then you could get some better prices. The key would be to shop around and see what you can find for lower prices on the parts listed. You may be able to get a cheaper motherboard but you want to stay with some quality and not get to much into the bottom quality and end up with junk.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2012 4:21:42 PM

http://www.amazon.com/BIOSTAR-H61MGC-Intel-Micro-Mother...
100.00
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...
53.00
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...
65.00
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So...
14.00
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
20.00
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
30.00 after rebate.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
40.00 after rebate.
322.00 after rebates.
with some extra cash or combo deals...look into getting an i3 or i5 3540 or 2500k. and a x68 mb and some extra ram or a faster gpu. the g cpu and two cores will game but if you toss in a high end video card you may bottleneck the gpu.
July 16, 2012 4:29:17 PM

As many computer upgrades nuts that are out there, you'd think there would be someone willing to let their I-7 950 $2000 computer from 2009 go for $500 bucks or so. Maybe way more computer than you could piece together now. If I had a low budget that's probably what i'd try to do first.
a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2012 4:31:48 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($88.95 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $406.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $410.42
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2012 2:11:43 AM

james3053 said:
... my gateway i have now is slowley dying and i cant upgrade ...


Can you post what system you have now? If it is reasonably modern then getting a fresh install of the factory software load by doing a full recovery install and then follow up by putting in a strong video card ($125-$175) might get you a nice gaming machine.
November 28, 2013 3:34:19 PM

what is in the old computer because there many things which you can reuse like the DVD drive, ram, hard drive and with them saving you can build a better computer for the same price.
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