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Is this a Good PC Build for Under $400

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May 1, 2013 7:49:52 PM

I am on a strictly tight budget, no more than $450, 400 is where I want to be. I will not be doing intense gaming, only Minecraft and older games like Oblivion, then stuff like music, videos, homework, ect. I want to know if this is a good Gaming PC to build? Also because I am new to this, are all these parts compatible? I'm pretty sure they are but I need to make sure. Also, would you substitute any of these parts? I CANNOT go over $450, let alone $400. NO INTENSE GAMING. I dont care for a graphics card right now, because Im going to ask for one for my birthday. The motherboard as onboard graphics. Thanks to all who help!!! (The total for these is $375)


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May 1, 2013 9:26:57 PM

I'd love to help, though half the links don't even work. So I would recommend listing all the parts down, to make easier for me or anyone else who could offer assistance.
May 2, 2013 5:26:15 PM

UnknownTechnician said:
I'd love to help, though half the links don't even work. So I would recommend listing all the parts down, to make easier for me or anyone else who could offer assistance.


Sorry about that, here:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

Case has 2 160mm fans:; power supply 600w; 4gb ram; motherboard has on board graphics, so i will get another car later.
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May 2, 2013 9:01:42 PM

you should go for a 750w psu so you never have to upgrade and maybe go for intel i5 3570k and a different mother board it will up the cost but its a much better build
a c 392 4 Gaming
May 2, 2013 9:18:21 PM

Crookz said:
you should go for a 750w psu so you never have to upgrade and maybe go for intel i5 3570k and a different mother board it will up the cost but its a much better build


This will never work in the build. he should get a 500w PSU. (plenty of power for any GPU) This will save money and he can get a better CPU. (fx-6300)
May 2, 2013 10:00:30 PM

tiny voices said:
Crookz said:
you should go for a 750w psu so you never have to upgrade and maybe go for intel i5 3570k and a different mother board it will up the cost but its a much better build


This will never work in the build. he should get a 500w PSU. (plenty of power for any GPU) This will save money and he can get a better CPU. (fx-6300)

a six core for older games are you insane? even most games atm dont use 6 cores
a c 392 4 Gaming
May 2, 2013 10:15:18 PM

Its actually a 3 core with 3 virtual cores. The point is, it isn't necessarily a ton better for gaming, but is a MUCH better all around use CPU.

The phenom 2 x4 is 5 years old.
May 2, 2013 10:42:13 PM

I just wanna say that tiny voices knows what he is saying. If you weren't planning on getting a video card I would have said to go with A10-5800k. You can save some money getting a cheaper case, and using the money you save for some better components, or getting 8gb of ram.

Tiny Voices, do you think that the pcpartpicker wattage is a good estimator? (honest question, I usually use it as a guide, but im not sure how accurate it really is)
a c 392 4 Gaming
May 2, 2013 11:11:56 PM

MOMOJOJO said:
I just wanna say that tiny voices knows what he is saying. If you weren't planning on getting a video card I would have said to go with A10-5800k. You can save some money getting a cheaper case, and using the money you save for some better components, or getting 8gb of ram.

Tiny Voices, do you think that the pcpartpicker wattage is a good estimator? (honest question, I usually use it as a guide, but im not sure how accurate it really is)


Not awesome. General rule of thumb. gtx550ti, gtx650, hd7750, hd7770, gtx650ti, hd7850 can all be done on a 450w PSU. The gtx660 and 650ti boost can also, but its at the top end of the limit.

gtx660,hd7870, 7870xt, 7950, gtx660ti, gtx670, hd7950, can all be done on a 500w PSU.

Generally it is proper to suggest any build use a 500w PSU. 600-650w can be suggested if the CPU is going to be overclocked and a Powerful GPU is being used. (gtx670/hd7950)

Anything more than 650w should only be recommended for a crossfire/sli setup or a gtx690/ hd7990.
May 2, 2013 11:18:14 PM

tiny voices said:
MOMOJOJO said:
I just wanna say that tiny voices knows what he is saying. If you weren't planning on getting a video card I would have said to go with A10-5800k. You can save some money getting a cheaper case, and using the money you save for some better components, or getting 8gb of ram.

Tiny Voices, do you think that the pcpartpicker wattage is a good estimator? (honest question, I usually use it as a guide, but im not sure how accurate it really is)


Not awesome. General rule of thumb. gtx550ti, gtx650, hd7750, hd7770, gtx650ti, hd7850 can all be done on a 450w PSU. The gtx660 and 650ti boost can also, but its at the top end of the limit.

gtx660,hd7870, 7870xt, 7950, gtx660ti, gtx670, hd7950, can all be done on a 500w PSU.

Generally it is proper to suggest any build use a 500w PSU. 600-650w can be suggested if the CPU is going to be overclocked and a Powerful GPU is being used. (gtx670/hd7950)

Anything more than 650w should only be recommended for a crossfire/sli setup or a gtx690/ hd7990.


Thank you for the info :) 
May 4, 2013 2:06:36 PM

tiny voices said:
Crookz said:
you should go for a 750w psu so you never have to upgrade and maybe go for intel i5 3570k and a different mother board it will up the cost but its a much better build


This will never work in the build. he should get a 500w PSU. (plenty of power for any GPU) This will save money and he can get a better CPU. (fx-6300)


tiny voices said:
Its actually a 3 core with 3 virtual cores. The point is, it isn't necessarily a ton better for gaming, but is a MUCH better all around use CPU.

The phenom 2 x4 is 5 years old.


Your saying that the difference between the fx 6300 and the phenopm arent by a lot? Im willing to pay the extra 30 bucks to get the fx. Is it the better choice?

a c 392 4 Gaming
May 4, 2013 2:11:03 PM

They are close in performance some places and other places not at all. I would just get the 6300 because it is better and newer.
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