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03-11-2012, 08:02 PM
Hello, I recently got into computer gaming, and my current laptop just can't handle games. I want to build a gaming pc for as cheap as possible. I would like to keep it under $400. I know this is a very low budget, and many of you might think it is impossible to build a gaming pc at that price but I'm sure you can understand I'm low on money. Anyway, Im not expecting to play crysis on max settings. I play games like Starcraft, lol, hon, minecraft, dota, and hopefully guild wars. I built this pc on newegg, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions on different parts, and how to get the price lower. I don't want to go so cheap that I barely see a difference or I'm buying new parts In a couple months (which I know is hard at this price). I also have an old hp pavilion a847c from like 2005, so I don't know if I can salvage anything from that? Thanks for any help!

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Triple-Core - *77.99
EVGA 01G-P3-1431-KR GeForce GT 430 - 54.99
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX *- *64.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 - 44.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" *- 79.99
Raidmax Blackstorm case with 500 psu - 79.99


03-11-2012, 10:40 PM
looks OK for $402...............might have bought 1333 RAM if it is cheaper..........don't see a DVD tray there

03-12-2012, 01:30 PM
Another option to look at is getting an AMD APU with built-in graphics and getting a cheap AMD video card and you can crossfire them for better performance. Just a thought...

Be wary of the bundled PSU . I just ordered a budget build for my sister with a Raidmax case/PSU bundle. Even though they are not gamers and 500W is plenty of power for them, the PSU only has a meager 21A on a single 12v rail. I going to toss in a Thermaltake 500w with 18A on 2x 12v rails I have sitting around that is just a better overall quality PSU.

I will keep the crappy little raidmax PSU for testing purposes.