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Best 400 dollar gaming pc?

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $417.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-18 19:22 EDT-0400

 

just need a case

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5 minutes ago, JAzZ97618 said:

Would love some advice

I would recommend having getting a list of parts that you like and would want to use. Then go on ebay and see if you can find those parts refurbished or used or on sale

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34 minutes ago, flashgo said:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $417.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-18 19:22 EDT-0400

 

just need a case

Overpriced psu

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part picker and power supplies are not getting along right now. virus has wiped out the stocks of a lot of retailers.

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that 500GB green is not worth buying.

 

single 500GB ssd vs pair of storage above

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart Series 430 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($38.40 @ Amazon)
Total: $449.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-18 20:28 EDT-0400

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Just now, flashgo said:

that 500GB green is not worth buying.

 

single 500GB ssd vs pair of storage above

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart Series 430 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($38.40 @ Amazon)
Total: $449.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-18 20:28 EDT-0400

And now it’s even more expensive, over 40 dollars over the budget

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Used Dell Optiplex or equivalent business tower ~120 to 150 dollars.  Don't buy off Dell, Lenovo, etc directly.  They always charge ~100 over market.  Find the local guy flipping business towers.

GTX 1650 149.99

One additional stick of good old green Crucial RAM (assuming the used tower comes with 1x 4 GB)

 

Spend the rest on a SSD if you want.

 

At the 400 range, you're already going to be compromising PSU, case, etc to come in under budget.  Not a lot of stuff in a 400 dollar rig you'd want to carry forward to your next build.  Plus if you're lucky, you'll get Windows for free with the used business computer.  If spend some time surfing the local shops you can find a Dell, Lenovo, or HP tower that uses standard power pin for the mobo.  So then you also have the option to swap in a more power PSU which in turn enables a better GPU.  

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