First ever $400 gaming pc

neckneck

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i have a few items (very very old) that i am going to use instead of buying new parts also. $400 is my budget

cpu: intel pentium (already have) i dont know the exact model, but i am going to upgrade in the future anyways
gpu: amd radeon hd 7770 $130
motherboard: asrock h61m-dgs $45
psu: 600w coolmax zx series zx-600 $45
case: old generic greyish colored case (already have) $0
ram: g.skill ns 4gb ddr3-1333 $20
or a 2 gig ddr2 ram free


total: $240
 

neckneck

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also forgot no need for optical drive, mouse, keyboard, or os. maybe an hdd or cheap sdd but i need to check the gigs and rpm my current one is
 
this one need improvement for similar price

motherboard: asrock h61m-dgs $45 <-------- get any B75 or H77 any brand will do. same price
psu: 600w coolmax zx series zx-600 $45 <-------- get xfx/corsair from 430-600 watt, coolmax is a joke, sorry :)
case: old generic greyish colored case (already have) $0 <-------- lol i agree with you
ram: g.skill ns 4gb ddr3-1333 $20 <-------- make sure ddr3-1600
 

neckneck

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thanks for the reply. i was really worrying about if my case would be good enough. is there any difference between b75 and h77 tho?
 

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i think ima buy h61m instead because im not going to crossfire/sli and the h77m= alsomt x2 more $
 

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can u please link me a seller? i can only find 70-100 usd ones
 

wl589

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I don't mean to shoot your dreams down or anything but any computer, gaming or not, is going to lack performance at a $400 budget. I suggest increasing your budget to something like $500 or $600. Here are the specs for Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon $500 rig; this thing can play BF3 on a 1080p monitor @41fps (on ultra w/ AA):
CPU Intel Pentium G850 (Sandy Bridge): 2.9 GHz Base Clock Rate, No Turbo Boost, 3 MB Shared L3 Cache $70
Heat Sink Intel Boxed Heat Sink and Fan 0
Motherboard ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP: LGA 1155, Intel H77 Express $70
RAM G.Skill Value Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $34
Graphics PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH: Radeon HD 7850 1 GB $170
Hard Drive Western Digital WD3200AAKX: 320 GB, 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive $65
Case Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid-Tower $40
Power Supply Antec VP-450 450 W
$36
Optical Drive LG 24x DVD Burner SATA Model GH24NS90-OEM $16
Total Price $501
 

wl589

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Alright, since you voiced no need for an HD, case, or an operating system I have found some good quality, low budget build parts.

CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor G860 3.0 GHz $67.99 (Amazon)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC 1GB $150 (Amazon)
Motherboard: AS Rock PRO4-M LGA1155 Intel H77 $89.99 (Amazon)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt $49.99 (Amazon)
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 26.99 (Newegg.com)

Total: $387.45
The reason I added a CPU on there is because you said the parts you are keeping are very very old, if that is the case then the CPU you would be using would bottle neck your gaming performance, making games still run slow. I decided that a 650ti from NVIDIA would give a little bit more performance in games than your 7770. I also picked a nice micro-ATX mother board that only has two memory slots but that’s fine, you don't need four. I hope you like my build; I think it is your best option. However, if you are not changing your HD or OS, then you will need to reset you HD once you change out the mother board, CPU, etc. If you have more questions feel free to ask!