I want to game. Can 400$ help me?

Hi all.
I have $400 bucks to get me some upgrades. I'm thinking Ill wait until thanksgiving is over to buy. I already own a monitor, that runs 1024x764. I have 550 watt PSU. a case, dvd drive, and Win 7 64bit.

I'm looking to play games like STALKER. Witcher2 and, skyrim. I have a few other games that are at least 1-2 years old I haven't played yet so I'm not looking too much into future games with this machine.

I want to get a cpu, mobo, memory, HDD(500gb is more than enough for me), and graphics card. I don't need max settings, just smooth game play and pretty good graphics. I've had 2 AMD machines and they have been very good to me, but I have no preferences.

Ive been researching for about a week now and is lot to learn. There's so many options out there its overwhelming. So if you had the parts I already have and 400 bucks to play games. What would you buy? Thanks everyone for the much needed advice.
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  1. i do not think 400 bucks is good.
    if you want smooth game play and good graphics then that will cost you about 600 not 400 considering the stuff you got.
  2. It depends on what that power supply is really.
  3. Wow, down to the last nickel!

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $399.95

    And it's only going to be using about 250-300W, so even if it is a cheap PSU, it can handle that no prob. I wouldn't be worried.
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