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Hey, Im going to do my first build soon and I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a decent processor and motherboard that are compatible. My budget is 400, and that doesnt include the case. I plan on using this computer for mostly gaming and recording what I play. Not super heavy usage but decent amount of play time.
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  1. Use the Tom's Hardware system builders marathon $500 rig. If you get rid of the case, cut down to 4GB of RAM, get rid of the DVD burner, and cut the 7850 down to a 7770, it'll fit into your $400 budget. That isn't a whole lot of power, but it's the most you can get for that price.
  2. Jonin4life said:
    Hey, Im going to do my first build soon and I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a decent processor and motherboard that are compatible. My budget is 400, and that doesnt include the case. I plan on using this computer for mostly gaming and recording what I play. Not super heavy usage but decent amount of play time.


    I would go with an I5 and Z77 motherboard.

    I5 3570K- $230

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H-$115

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

    Total: $345
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