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$300 - $400 gaming PC without HDD, monitor, OS, etc

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September 21, 2012 10:43:47 AM

I'm thinking about the possibility of a gaming rig of no more than $400 as a substitute for PS3 or Xbox 360, I know It's a small amount of money but I already have a hard drive, monitor, windows 7,optical drive, keyboard, mouse, speaker and all the accessories so all the $ can go into the meaty stuff.

The last time I built a rig was 8 years ago so I'm not exactly up-to-date with the current hardwares. I games I will most likely to play are some big titles from several years ago that I always wanted to try, like GTA4, Fallout new vegas, LA noire, NFS shift 2,Red Dead Redemption, Dirt 3, portal 2 etc as well as some new and upcoming ones. The games will be run at 1920x1080, medium quality is fine with me but of course higher is better. I'm in a smallish town so I'll buy all parts from amazon or newegg.

So that's $300-$400 for CPU, Memory, Graphic Card, Motherboard, Power supply and a case, I'm open to suggestions so anything goes. Thanks in advance!
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September 21, 2012 11:07:09 AM

this is sorta bottom end, but it should be a decent medium to high gamer:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($110.11 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $391.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 07:05 EDT-0400)

the CPU is end-of-life, but decent, the motherboard can take bulldozer and piledriver, and teh 650 is a decent card at the low end, generally capable at 'high' rather than'ultra' settings
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September 21, 2012 12:26:11 PM
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