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Need help with building a $400 PC

RaGing_Wild

I've been pondering on getting a budget $400 PC. I've never had to pick parts, and I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to picking parts. I've got this so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Pg3rH . Still deciding on graphics card. Been looking at GTX 750 Ti, R7s, and R9s. Might get one off of eBay, or my friend might give me his R7 270. Nevertheless, I need help picking the rest of my parts, and keep this around (preferably right under) $400, while also being able to run AAA games and other popular games at medium or high settings. I'm open to any suggestions, or anything else I might need. Thanks!

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I've been pondering on getting a budget $400 PC. I've never had to pick parts, and I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to picking parts. I've got this so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Pg3rH . Still deciding on graphics card. Been looking at GTX 750 Ti, R7s, and R9s. Might get one off of eBay, or my friend might give me his R7 270. Nevertheless, I need help picking the rest of my parts, and keep this around (preferably right under) $400, while also being able to run AAA games and other popular games at medium or high settings. I'm open to any suggestions, or anything else I might need. Thanks!

 

$400 with or without a GPU? Because this changes quite a lot of things. 

 

Also, as far as GPU is concerned - GPUShack has 7950s for $129. They will blow 750Ti out of the water.

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Definitely with a GPU. Just haven't decided, and a friend may give me an R7. So I'm still making a decision to take that one or buy a better one. How do the 7950s compare with R9s?

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$401:

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($164.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($25.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($55.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $391.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-27 21:57 EST-0500

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$401:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($25.00 @ Amazon)

Case: Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.80 @ Amazon)

Total: $391.75

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-27 21:57 EST-0500

Yea, use this for 6 months or so and let the budget roll in, then get a R9 390
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Alright, so build this first and get the graphics card later?

 

It is the smarter way to spend your money.  You won't have to upgrade the already purchased gear.  You just keep adding to it...

 

GPU, then SSD/more storage, and lastly you can plop in some more RAM... even a small CPU cooler to make the PC quieter.

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Ok. So I won't need a CPU cooler now?

 

No, not on any i5...  A cooler is for two things:

 

1.  Overclocking.

 

2.  Noise

 

If you want a cooler to keep the noise down, I can recommend a few under $30.

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/deepcool-cpu-cooler-gammaxx300

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-cpu-cooler-bk009

 

BTW, the i5 4460 comes with a cooler... but it will get loud when the CPU is stressed.

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true about upgrading to a good gpu later but

intel hd graphics FTW

RIG #14670k @4.4 / 1.25v vcore. @ 4.5 / 1.3v vcore/ 1.95v vccin. MSI GAMING 4G GTX 970 @1540/3700 1.275v BIOS MOD. 16GB Kingston HyperX Savage RAM 2400mhz. MSI GAMING 5 Z97 MOBOFractal Design Define S. Dark Rock Pro 3. 850 EVO 250GB Seasonic M12II 620w
RIG #2: 4790k @ 4.6 / 1.25v vcore. EVGA SC ACX 2.0 980 SLI16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400mhz. Asus MAXIMUS VII Hero Z97. Fractal Design Define R5. NH D15. 850 EVO 250GB AX 860
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true about upgrading to a good gpu later but

intel hd graphics FTW

 

Any GPU included builds at $400 will be crap and require the wasting of cash to replace things.  Running on the iGPU looks to be the smartest way to work towards a proper gaming PC.  He will have a fully functional PC, but he won't have good graphics, or high FPS in games... until he gets a dGPU. 

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Based on the very build I recommended to you, I recommended a $750 build in another thread.  This is just an example of what your PC will turn in to:

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($164.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! PURE ROCK 51.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($28.99 @ NCIX US)  <<Added for noise
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon)  <<Switched out the mechanical drive
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card  ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)  <<Oh the graphics this card will drive  ;)
Case: Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  ($55.80 @ Amazon)
Total: $754.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-28 16:07 EST-0500

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Hmmm ok. It's looking good. Another question though - will I need thermal paste?

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Hmmm ok. It's looking good. Another question though - will I need thermal paste?

 

Nope, the stock CPU cooler has some on it already.

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  • 1 month later...

Been a while, but I think I'm just gonna upgrade my OEM PC for now. So my question is, what's better between the 750 Ti, 950, and the 7950s?

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You think that will work with the Inspiron 3847? I am upgrading the power supply as well.

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