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  • 54 months ago

Budget:$400

Location:US, CA

Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc):Gaming

Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc):none

Operating System required:none

need a $400 build for my friends birthday, needs portability for college. Settings don't need to be high, mostly use for league, wow, and some newer games. Thanks guys appreciate it.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $130.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H110M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $37.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.95 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $107.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Fractal Design Tesla R2 500W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $438.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-16 23:33 EST-0500

Price includes shipping on everything. About 10% over budget comes with no serious serious compromises for performance or quality.

The only way to get this under $400 with new parts, would be to compromise on the CPU with either a pentium or an 860K, both of which have some performance and capability concerns/limitations for modern gaming.

A used GPU would be another good way to hit the target budget. Look for a used GTX660/GTX750Ti/HD7850 for like $70

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If someone could get a 7850 for $70 then that would be an amazing deal.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

They sell new for as low as ~$100. I've seen them for as low as $50-60 used. Well over a year ago I bought 2 HD7870XT's used for $100 each.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are you seeing 7850s for $100?

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card $103.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $103.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-18 17:34 EST-0500

R7 265 is just an HD7850 with higher core clock clock speeds and higher VRAM clock speeds (900 / 860MHZ and 1400 / 1200MHZ respectively).

Though for a build with WoW in the list of games, an nvidia GPU would be the superior choice. A used GTX660 would really be ideal.

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $66.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $47.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 2GB PCS+ Video Card $162.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $28.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $38.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $476.79
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $421.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-18 11:22 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I came up with a mATX build just now, but the G3258 might not be the best processor for rendering (http://www.adamantine.me/index.php/2015/12/18/blending-budget-and-performance/) So, you might want to swap out the CPU and motherboard for AMD. Other than that it should be good. GLHF!

  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.95 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $53.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $41.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $107.98 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case $34.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $406.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-16 20:34 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

Consider this: I have been thinking about this build for a while. These Dells are always on eBay. 8GB one are harder to find but you could get a 4GB model and buy another 4GB for the same price. I priced the eBay unit high, I've seen them go for a lot less. Rip it apart and put all the guts in a nicer case (no window), add a budget power supply and decent video card. Now you have a pretty fast processor (beats my i5 4590) and a very usable GPU. Also benefit of a COA for windows pro. I am at $450 but no shipping and no rebates. You could also try to find a used GPU to come in on budget. Even a budget i3 build is going to go over budget by a lot. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX Power Supply $37.30 @ Amazon
Other Dell OptiPlex 990 Desktop Core i7-2600 Quad 8GB 500GB Windows 7 DVD-RW $225.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $452.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-16 20:43 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Most dells these days use proprietary front IOs

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, bummer. Looks like the fan connectors are weird too. http://clascsg.uconn.edu/download/specs/O990.pdf

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