Noob trying to build a cheap gaming rig please help lol

my family just got a custom built PC not to long ago, but every one uses it so my parents didnt invest a lot of money into the gaming aspect of things. it will run games, but i want more out of it. with Razor Game Booster turned on and after defragging everything and optimizing, i can barley get 30 FPS on Planetside 2.

basically what i need is a cheap gaming rig ($400 at max) i am aware that $400 is almost nothing in terms of gaming (a graphics card alone can be $200) but i am young and dont have that much money (lol)

any help at all would be nice, thanks
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  1. sorry forgot to mention this, im not looking to play BF3 on ultra settings, i just want something to play games like blacklight retribution, medieval 2 total war, and Planetside 2 on
  2. It's impossible to make you a build with only $400 dollars.

    OS is $100
    Monitor is $80~$100
    Parts cannot be only at $200. =(

    Sorry.
  3. i have an operating system and a really good monitor already, so i just need the $400 dollars worth of parts. and even if i didn't have an operating system or monitor all im interested in is the computer parts themselves.
  4. Oh, that's a different story :).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($101.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $389.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 21:25 EST-0500)

    Its above $400 but it's worth it. It's really a steal at this point.

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI H61M-E33/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($101.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $356.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 21:26 EST-0500)

    This would be exactly at $400. It's cheaper and you lose the upgradability to Ivy Bridge CPUs in the future.

    Get the Rosewill PSU fast. Both are less than $400 after rebates though
  5. thanks ill look at both of those builds. i also found this by myself but wanted to know how good it was?

    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Model #:Blackbone
    Item #:N82E16811147023
    $49.99 -$10.00 Instant $39.99


    ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3+ AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    Model #:880G PRO3
    Item #:N82E16813157243
    $99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99


    SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Model #:100287VGAL
    Item #:N82E16814102871
    $69.99 $69.99


    XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Model #:ACXTNRP-PC402
    Item #:N82E16817815007
    $59.95 -$25.00 Instant $34.95

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
    Model #:ADX445WFGMBOX
    $74.99 $74.99


    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
    $25.99 $25.99


    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:ST500DM002
    Item #:N82E16822148767
    $44.99 $44.99


    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
    Model #:AD-7261S-0B
    Item #:N82E16827118040
    $18.99 $18.99
    Subtotal - $400

    the only thing i kind of want to not include is the optical drive i chose because it is OEM, but i can take one of yours or find another one. also im not sure all of these are compatible with each other, but i think they are, if you could check that would be great but it might take awile so i understand if you dont, i will probably find the time to do it myself sometime...i also think this is not exactly 400 dollars but i rounded, it was close enough.
  6. It's not really that good. Take my build.

    It's the best for the price.

    5670 is 2 generations behind than the 7770. The 7770 would be a whole lot more powerful and efficient that the 5670. Your power supply is cheap, if it gets broken it will destroy your $400 system.

    Athlons are not really good CPUs for gaming.
  7. okay thanks lol this is why im doing this. i think ill look farther into your build.
  8. also on your second build (the one im looking at) it says its about $350, but you said $400? was this a type or something or is the $400 after like shipping?
  9. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1068942
    This combo on newegg.com may be $75 over your budget but its worth it if can wait a until you have the money
  10. thanks, but honestly i really dont have the money for anything over $400.


    in your build 2nd build cutebeans, you did not seem to include any cooling? is this because it would add more money or because i dont really need it. because if i REALLY need it i will scrape up the extra cash for a cooling system.
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