On a budget, have most components and need some help.

I don't have a preference really but I would rather have an AMD quad core over an Intel dual core. I was thinking about using this processor as it is fairly cheap right now.

I'm open to all opinions and options but I have about a $400 budget for mobo/cpu/gpu/cpu fan/4gb ram (I can get another 4gb next month) and preferably a ssd no smaller than 60-80gb over an hdd.

This is the video card I have in mind Once again though I am open to opinions. That one seems great for the price with the extra memory it has compared to others at the price.

I need a micro atx motherboard to fit the case I already have. I don't mind if the mobo only supports 8gb of ram and I cannot upgrade to 16gb or a much better processor in the future.

I have a corsair 650w PSU that is fairly new that I plan to put into this new build. I do however need a cheap psu to replace the 650w with. I'm not sure how many watts I can get away with but the computer it's on right now is an old single core processor 2.7ghz with an nvidia 9800gt and 2gb ram that was used as a media device. I have the stock 250w psu that came with that machine but wasn't sure if I should use it with the video card that was given to me especially since I got the 650w psu for free. So I need to either budget a PSU for that machine into everything or if the 250w one works that would make me happy.

I plan to do moderate gaming and will obviously praise the speed of anything new considering how outdated my current set up is. I mainly play League of Legends so a low end system has been fine up until now but I'd like to play GW2 on the highest settings for my budget.

Thanks in advance, I hope this wasn't too much info. :lol:

EDIT: Forgot to mention I was eyeballing this AMD upgrade kit I wasn't too excited about the hdd aspect of it though. The aftermarket cpu cooler seems to work well for OC'ing but has some bad reviews because the mobo needs to be out of the case to install it.
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  1. That PSU has got you covered. That video card, however, will not do much good for gaming, since it's worse than the one you already have. Not to mention the extra memory is completely superfluous.

    If you're only willing to spend about $75, this one's the best you can do:

    I HIGHLY recommend you spend $30 extra for this card. You will NOT be sorry.
  2. If you read the GW2 review article, you'll see that AMD really trails the pack.
    I'd probably do something like this:

    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

    PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
    Model #:AX7770 1GBD5-DH
    Item #:N82E16814131477
    Mail in Rebate
    $119.99 $119.99

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
    Model #:BX80623I32120
    Item #:N82E16819115077
    $124.99 $124.99

    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
    $19.99 $19.99

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:WD1002FAEX
    Item #:N82E16822136533
    $149.99 -$40.00 Instant $109.99

    Subtotal: $434.95

    Edit: I realize you can get cheaper HDDs, however I have a preference for the five-year warranty the WD Black still offers. Most Seagate and Samsung drives have been cut back to as little as one year.
    If your budget doesn't even have this much wiggle room, cut back the CPU before the GPU; judging by the review article, a G840 + HD7770 would be a lot better than an i3-2120 + HD7750.
  3. The Sapphire card is absolutely doable on my budget. I will consider spending some more on the second too.

    Thank you Jesster.
  4. That's not bad at all aside from being over budget $34 which I can fix through the graphics card and a different hdd.

    Thank you. :D

    Can anyone answer a question from my first post for me? If a 250w psu will run a 2.7ghz single core amd/2gb memory/nvidia 9800gt set up?
  5. Best answer
    I added some comments about the HDD, and it being better to lower the CPU than the GPU.
  6. Thanks a bunch, a lot of people who purchased the lower WD HDD's said they wished they spent the money on the caviar black. It looks like a great product and that warranty is great for peace of mind. I appreciate your help and if I get an HDD I will definitely pick that one and save money how you mentioned.
  7. As to the second question, no, unless perhaps it is one of those "green" 9800GTs that doesn't need a power connection, AND the PSU is not a Bestec or other generic garbage. Even then, you'd be pushing it. You can get an Antec VP-450 for < $40 which would run that system just fine.
  8. I don't see a power connector on it. If the PSU is a Dell or Compaq (which typically use Delta or FSP for their PSUs), not eMachines (which often uses Bestec), you "may" be ok, especially for routine use (not maximum-stress benchmarking).
  9. Thank you again, this really wraps up everything for me I think.
  10. Best answer selected by VaeVictum.
  11. Thanks. Have fun; GW2 has been great so far (and I'm only up to lvl17-18).
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