I was planning on getting a 300-400$ computer to last me a year or two until I decided if I wanted to game more seriously...The other option was to get a $600-700 computer that can be upgraded in the future...I would prefer to spend 3-400 right now and deal with it later...Don't need monitor/keyboard and if I can't figure out how to install an OS its not factored into the budget. Anything not necessary can be taken out to make the build cheaper...Thanks for any help
Approximate Purchase Date: After christmas
Budget Range: 300-400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: low graphics gaming
Are you buying a monitor: no
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: new egg/amazon
Location: Westchester NY
Parts Preferences: Whichever is more cost effective
The first build posted by DeusAres, with the Intel processor would be a much smarter but than the APU-based build
The CPU's are pretty close in terms of performance, with the APU pulling ahead in a game like BF3, due to its core count. GPU side the HD7770 is slightly faster, and will not suffer from microstuttering as well, which can be detrimental to a gaming experience.
It also leaves a clear upgrade path on the LGA1155 socket, so you can upgrade to a processor like an i5-2500k/3570k in the future if you feel you need to.
The AMD build is a dead end, it's the highest tier processor for it's socket, so there is no upgrade path.
Thanks...I think the AMD processor is what I am looking for...If I want to get a higher end PC, $400 isn't even enough for a high end video card so I am not too worried about upgrading...Can you link me the intel processor you are suggesting with the build?
NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White w/Black Front Trim “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI R6670-MD1GD3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Get the Antec VP-450 instead. The Corsair V2 Builder was made by CWT, not Seasonic, using some inferior Samxon capacitors from a line known to experience early failure. The VP-450 is made by FSP. It is efficient enough for 80+, but is disqualified for not having active PFC (it has a little voltage switch, which typically indicates an obsolete design, but not in this case).