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    Default Build a Good PC For Under $400?

    Hey guys well I have got around $400 maybe a bit more to spend on building or just buying a laptop or pc outright. I want it to be a half decent PC and to look pretty damn sexy. It would be nice if it was kind of a gaming PC I know that is not possible but I'm not the biggest gamer just games like SAMP or Maplestory mostly small games but yea I was wondering if it was possible to build a pc or buy a pc or laptop for $400 I'm a complete noob but I can get some people who work in I.T for a living to help me build if need be. Anyway ive seen a few around and have been looking, what im getting at is any suggestions. Please let me know if $400 is a stupid range and I should just save for another year or two for like $1000 to spend on one regards. Here are two that I have seen.

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  3. 06-20-2012, 10:45 AM
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    Default Re: Build a Good PC For Under $400?

    It doesn't look the nicest but it is $400 (Without tax), it has the dedicated graphics which is always better than crap intel graphics. The processor is quad core (It is AMD but you picked AMD in one of the builds so I didn't think you'd mind). It also has 4gb ram which with the games you're running should be more than enough. It has a 500gb HDD which is bigger than what you had, the processor is 64 bit which allows you to put more RAM in it if you were ever going to upgrade it to a higher amount.


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    Default Re: Build a Good PC For Under $400?

    Cheers, like I said a complete noob no idea about all the part's like I have an idea of what they do but can't tell the difference between two and which is better. I'll be sure to look into it more, like I said no rush and happy to spend a bit more and going to look around shops and stuff later. Thanks again at the moment I have a plain apple macbook which school provided although I pay it off over 3 years they restrict a lot on it which is a pain but I managed to get bootcamp on it so it does a lot of what I want just sometimes you want a bigger better computer etc.

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    The first build seems better. It has a strong gpu but may bottleneck the cpu. It also have more hard drive space and with that budget, our probably not going to need a better power supply but seeing how the price of the first power supply and the second are the same, replace the first one with the 500W.

    What kind of games are you played? Do they require a lot of graphics power? If they do then stay with the 6850. Try to invest in a i3-2100, I know its about 120$ But also includes hyper threading with really helps giving your machine a boost. With the i3-2100, the price will add up to about 500$.

    Other than that I would say the first build wins overall.

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    Default Re: Build a Good PC For Under $400?

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    The first build seems better. It has a strong gpu but may bottleneck the cpu. It also have more hard drive space and with that budget, our probably not going to need a better power supply but seeing how the price of the first power supply and the second are the same, replace the first one with the 500W.

    What kind of games are you played? Do they require a lot of graphics power? If they do then stay with the 6850. Try to invest in a i3-2100, I know its about 120$ But also includes hyper threading with really helps giving your machine a boost. With the i3-2100, the price will add up to about 500$.

    Other than that I would say the first build wins overall.

    He had said "I'm not the biggest gamer just games like SAMP or Maplestory mostly small games" which means he shouldn't need to invest in an i3. Also that is quad core so he might as well go with AMD quad core if he has no problems with them, since his build had one and they are a bit cheaper since Intel has the brand name. Also those games are not graphics heavy so he doesn't need a better psu. Lastly there are better HDD's available for build 1 with more space, but the difference won't be much better IF you do happen to find one.

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    [QUOTE=saints89;2852131]He had said "I'm not the biggest gamer just games like SAMP or Maplestory mostly small games" which means he shouldn't need to invest in an i3. Also that is quad core so he might as well go with AMD quad core if he has no problems with them, since his build had one and they are a bit cheaper since Intel has the brand name. Also those games are not graphics heavy so he doesn't need a better psu. Lastly there are better HDD's available for build 1 with more space, but the difference won't be much better IF you do happen to find one.

    The intel core i3 is a dual core not a quad.
    You might not know, He may want to play other games.

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    Default Re: Build a Good PC For Under $400?

    You guys are saying all this stuff I hardly understand haha. Yea im happy to swap and match for a better cpu or save a extra $100, the games that I might play with the biggest amount of graphics need would be skyrim or LoL and I would love to be able to play LoL on high graphics. Also two more questions.
    #1: For the case does it matter which one I buy, for example I like the case better in the first build, but if like I can use any case I would probably look around for a sexier one for $50 or something.

    #2: If I want wireless do I have to buy a wireless adapter (how much do they cost) or was that included in the build.

    Once again "complete noob" haha

    Thanks for all your help so far, I'm getting a much better understanding because a big problem a lot of the time is compatibility?
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    If you happen to live in Canada I know some place where you can get a beast quad core Comp with Nvidia GT 9500 for around 300 bucks.

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    [MENTION=255083]jojo9k34ll3r[/MENTION] Sorry man I'm in Australia haha

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    You guys are saying all this stuff I hardly understand haha. Yea im happy to swap and match for a better cpu or save a extra $100, the games that I might play with the biggest amount of graphics need would be skyrim or LoL and I would love to be able to play LoL on high graphics. Also two more questions.
    #1: For the case does it matter which one I buy, for example I like the case better in the first build, but if like I can use any case I would probably look around for a sexier one for $50 or something.

    #2: If I want wireless do I have to buy a wireless adapter (how much do they cost) or was that included in the build.

    Once again "complete noob" haha

    Thanks for all your help so far, I'm getting a much better understanding because a big problem a lot of the time is compatibility?
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    Default Re: Build a Good PC For Under $400?

    Im also open to new builds or completely other ideas guys no need to narrow down on my choices those where just 2 example I found

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    First I have never played either of the games you mentioned, so I'm not sure what the card will be capable of. However I checked a site for Skyrim and the PC in build one should be able to handle it with med-high graphics (Source:
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    ), but I'd recemmend my build instead since the CPU is quad core (AMD, but build 2 has one so I figured why not). Lastly, yes the case is VERY important. If you have little to no ventilation in your case your parts will get dusty, overheat, and possibly burn out on you, which you do not want. With the games you mentioned they aren't too stressful on the parts but I would still make ventilation a priority (Which is generally better on more expensive cases, I'd use an antec case if you are able to choose, but that's just my preference).
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    Default Re: Build a Good PC For Under $400?

    Ok first you're going to need to explain to me what "AMD" is haha and also what the "cores" are and the difference between dual and quad. And on a case I'm happy to spend around $40 I think and have been looking around and comparing. I found 5 that I like and will post the "comparing" link later when Im back on MAC OS X because I got dualboot I'm on windows at the moment and the bookmark is on MAC.

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    Ok first you're going to need to explain to me what "AMD" is haha and also what the "cores" are and the difference between dual and quad. And on a case I'm happy to spend around $40 I think and have been looking around and comparing. I found 5 that I like and will post the "comparing" link later when Im back on MAC OS X because I got dualboot I'm on windows at the moment and the bookmark is on MAC.
    AMD is the company that makes processors (CPU) other than Intel. More cores = more actions so basically for the "Noob" more cores = more speed, Therefore you want quad core over dual core however I prefer Intel since they last longer and can be overclocked more (Don't worry about overclocking). Also the builds you posted in the first post don't list an operating system, which for windows 7 is another $100, the build I listed for you already has it and the quad core processor so I would look at mine over your 2 original builds, I can't help much longer tonight (EST) but I can help tomorrow after my exam if you still need more help and I can't answer tonight.

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    Also, the price of the one I suggested just went down it's now $70 off and with tax it's $423 AUD.

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    Ok I guess INTEL would be better if it last longer, but no need to worry about operating systems because I already have win 7 CDs. I'm happy to buy a computer outright but I would much prefer to build one for the experince etc and if I was to buy a computer it would probably be a gaming laptop instead but then your going back to 1k so it's tough haha
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    Ok I guess INTEL would be better if it last longer, but no need to worry about operating systems because I already have win 7 CDs. I'm happy to buy a computer outright but I would much prefer to build one for the experince etc and if I was to buy a computer it would probably be a gaming laptop instead but then your going back to 1k so it's tough haha
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    Intel does tend to last longer, and are more stable in my opinion, just if you get an intel based computer make sure it doesn't use Intel HD Graphics, they are crap and will crash if the card gets hot at all. As far as the cases you mentioned they don't have side air vents however one doesn't have vents at all and so here is the list of what I'd use if I were you.



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    (Now these are based off looks, I like this over the red one but that's me)
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    ~UPDATE~

    I did a quick search on a different site, located in Canada and I have found a better deal than all that we have suggested so far. It is a kit so you get to build it yourself. It is AMD but it has Hexa-Core (6 cores) which is very expensive on Intel processors. It doubled the amount of RAM just to be sure that you don't stress your PC. It has ATI Radeon HD4250 (1GB dedicated), which is much better than having intel graphics and buying a graphics card (It saves money with only little to no performance lost). Here is the link to the kit:


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    Just save up $1000 to build an AWESOME gaming pc my cousin did that and it was beast

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