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August 9, 2012 8:09:04 PM

So I'm building a new gaming computer, but I'm under a budget so it cant be something completely state of the art. I already have a case (fits Micro ATX motherboards) to put the parts in, a CD drive, and HD I'm going to use.

Budget: $400

Parts Needed: Motherboard (Micro ATX size), CPU, Graphics Card (preferably Geforce not ATI), RAM, and Power Supply.

Am I Buying a Monitor: No.

Do I Need a OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) For Parts: Newegg

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Why Upgrading: Previous computer fried, building a new one.

Here's the parts I have found:

Motherboard: Foxconn A88GMX AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphic Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Those are the parts i have found totaling just under 400 with shipping, if anyone has any better suggestions that could cost around the same or less, but make for better gaming performance that would be great.

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August 9, 2012 8:16:01 PM

Ooh, no, especially to the Apevia PSU-shaped object. Any review I've ever read of an Apevia PSU found it to be overrated junk, and in most the "device" melted or burned.
Even in the budget range, Intel outperforms AMD in games. Foxconn is also one of my last mobo choices, as they tend to use inferior components.
August 9, 2012 8:17:41 PM

id get a lower power psu and get it from a better brand, especially if youre not doing sli or cf with it.
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August 9, 2012 8:31:21 PM

If you can afford to float your money for a few weeks on rebates, I'd upgrade from the 560 SE to a plain ole' 560: for $130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127592, or for $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814500225

Otherwise agree that that PSU isn't too great, and you don't need 700W anyway; 450W is enough for a normal mid-range video card. Consider this Coolermaster, pretty good if you use the promo code: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill has some decent ones with promos too, though not quite that cheap.
August 9, 2012 8:33:24 PM

There is no "400$ gaming" machine, a decent gaming machine is ~1200$+

but i guess that with 400$ you can still build a somewhat usefull computer:


CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: GeIL Pristine 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.71 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $450.63

August 9, 2012 8:51:06 PM

^ he doesn't need a case, but if you subtract that, then yes, the i3 build is probably superior for gaming, and it comes in only $15 over budget. (It also relies on the in-store only microcenter deal.)
August 9, 2012 8:51:47 PM

Here's a build. There's a hefty $40 rebate on the graphics card. If you count that, or can squeeze out a little more, I'd recommend that a CPU upgrade should be the first place to put more money. An i3-2120 would be a lot more balanced.

MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:N560GTX-M2D1GD5
Item #:N82E16814127592
Mail in Rebate Card ($40)
$169.99 $169.99

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:S12II 520 Bronze
Item #:N82E16817151094
$84.99 -$15.00 Instant $69.99

ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:B75M-GL
Item #:N82E16813157326
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99

Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G630
Model #:BX80623G630
Item #:N82E16819116406
$67.99 $67.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Model #:F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #:N82E16820231394
$23.99 $23.99

Subtotal: $391.95
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