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January 21, 2013 11:59:29 PM

I'm creating a build for a friend. He'd like it to be an mini itx specifically the case in the parts list. His budget is $400~. I know it's not much to work with on gaming build. What's the best gaming setup I can at this budget? I've put together what I think is pretty good for 400, but you guys always seem to amaze me with what deals you can find. The games he'll play aren't to intense. Minecraft, counterstrike, and similar games. OS isn't a problem so I didn't include it in the parts list.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yO4R
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yO4R/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yO4R/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM1 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $377.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 14:19 EST-0500)

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January 22, 2013 12:57:30 AM

The a8 won't really play games by itself. Maybe run them on low. For $400 a mini itx build will be hard. A regular build could get you a system that could actually run some games.
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January 22, 2013 1:00:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $438.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:59 EST-0500)

This is a build I put together. Should play modern games at medium/ high settings.
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January 22, 2013 2:18:20 AM

Just change the cpu to a AMD A10 5800k $130 less $13 until 1/31 at Newegg. You'll be at $400.
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