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Hey guys,

I need some input, and I'm a novice in computers so I would like for you guys to be gentle. Basically, I would like a under $400 light gaming computer, something that can smoothly run smooth, multiple programs, and play Warcraft 3 DotA and Counter-Strike very smoothly and fps lag free. In the long run, I wouldn't mind constantly upgrading the cpu if need be. Is that possible?
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It is possible to build a sub-$400 gaming computer, but you might to have to get some parts used. Do you need EVERYTHING? Do you need keyboard/mouse/monitor/OS?
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It is possible to build a sub-$400 gaming computer, but you might to have to get some parts used. Do you need EVERYTHING? Do you need keyboard/mouse/monitor/OS?
what he said
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It would be a gaming pc. It might be a slightly higher speced machine that you would buy as an all in one from a manafucture.

However, you're not going to get Gaming. Two parts could cost you more than this.

The only gaming parts are

Mobo
CPU
RAM
GPU

Other than the hdds, case, can be skimped a little. And so can a PSU however i seriously don't recocmend.
post #5 of 30
Quote:
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It is possible to build a sub-$400 gaming computer, but you might to have to get some parts used. Do you need EVERYTHING? Do you need keyboard/mouse/monitor/OS?


Yup... What's with the NERD hate?!
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post #6 of 30
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Yup... What's with the NERD hate?!
What on earth are you on about?
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His avatar.

Anyway, if you have upgrading in mind, focus on the motherboard and case then. You could probably get a motherboard with on board video that will do the light gaming for you, so that cuts the price of a video card. Of course, this is only really possible on that budget if you have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard already (you can use headphones instead of speakers if you don't have speakers). I'll gladly help you out more if you can provide the monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Edited by BenRK - 1/7/10 at 1:32am
post #8 of 30
If you are looking for a gaming rig that cheap you are best off buying an oem $349 system with some low end dual core pentium or something and then buying a used video card to pop in it. It'll end up being more than $400 after all is said and done but you just can't do gaming at that budget.

Now, one thing you could do is get the Athlon II X2 with a motherboard that has an onboard HD3200 and play most game at low/medium settings at 1024x768 and below. Then when you have more money, upgrade the gpu.
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PS3, honestly.
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post #10 of 30
you could build a gaming rig for under 400 it would be amd and probly a 9600gt with 2 gigs of ram and some used parts probly. Theirs 2 barebone kits the first one might could play games at a decent rate you would need to turn stuff down and lower res tho.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3&Sku=B69-0164
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...1&Sku=B69-0166
Edited by Bal3Wolf - 1/7/10 at 1:45am
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