~$400 budget gamer


Dec 7, 2010
First i should mention that i know almost nothing about what's available for computer hardware these days. also: my only real internet access is on an iphone so i can't do the kind of google research i'd like.

Anyways: I want to build a budget gamer and have about $400 to spend.

Parts i already have:

Case (Antec 300 . http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
OS (win7)
CD drive
Monitor (23in, 1920x1080 res)
wireless card

I need to purchase everything else. I'm thinking i might skimp a bit on the GPU so that when i have more money i can just upgrade that. I want to be able to play most games in at least 1600x1200 and i want it to be a reliable system. Most parts will be ordered online (good experiences with newegg in the past) but i do have a Fry's in the area if a great deal comes up (though it's a PITA to get too). I don't really have the skills (or the desire) to do any overclocking or modding.

Approximate Purchase Date: sometime in the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $400 all in (not necessarily a strict limit)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, homework, internet browsing, movie watching (lots of netflix streaming)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Portland, OR

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: not likely

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Why Are You Upgrading: spilled water on last computer, fried just about everything.

Any advice would be appreciated. links to sites that have build ideas would also be nice. Please remember that i know almost nothing about current hardware! pretend like you're talking to someone that has never built a computer before. And thank you!


Sorry about your machine. Here's a build for you.

$25 (after MIR)
PSU: corsair builder CX430

$52 (including shipping)
Mobo: AsRock H61M-DGS

CPU: Pentium G2120

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4gb 1600mhz

HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500gb

$105 (after mail in rebate)
HIS HD 7770

$371 total

good luck!


Sep 10, 2012
I ordered the below yesterday for $405 including shipping. Notice there is no hard drive, and I got 2 PSU's (I always need a spare to fix peoples systems with). This is just to play WOW on. The MB is nice. Lots of USB 3.0 Sata 6, and does the SSD caching thing.

1 ASUS Radeon HD6670 GDDR5 Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121442
1 Intel Ivy Bridge CPU 3.1GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777
1 Asrock H77M Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303
2 4GB Crucial Ballistics RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148543
1 ASUS DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
1 Black Card Reader http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820717001
1 Free Winzip Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800995129
2 Logisys 550W Power Supplies http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170010
1 Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095

$405 including shipping. No hard drive. I already have 1 x 1TB and 2 x 2TB :)


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