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what is the most powerful computer you can build for only $400?

#1Trance_FanPosted 7/30/2012 3:29:31 PM
only:
-cpu
-mobo
-gpu
-ram
-disc drive
-hdd or ssd
-psu
-case


this is a good topic for budget builders
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#2jkdarlowPosted 7/30/2012 3:35:21 PM
Can you make a good powerful computer for so little ?
#3Snuckie7Posted 7/30/2012 3:35:57 PM
jkdarlow posted...
Can you make a good powerful computer for so little ?


No, but you can make one.
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#4ClouddxPosted 7/30/2012 3:36:24 PM
I have this from a little while ago:

From: commandox65 | #001
Want to build a PC on the cheap for my cousin to run BF3 (and prior games). Hard drive is reused and the HD 4870 has a $20 off code so this comes to $310 total.

Not looking for super performance, but it should beat whatever PS3/Xbox quality is right?
Antec EA380D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033 - $40
NZXT Source 210 Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075 - $40
G SKILL 4GB DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231423 - $20
DIAMOND HD 4870 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103193 - $80
GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2P http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128469 - $50
AMD Athlon II X3 455 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911 - $80

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#5baxter28Posted 7/30/2012 3:36:44 PM
jkdarlow posted...
Can you make a good powerful computer for so little ?


He said "most powerful", not "good powerful".
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#6ShubPosted 7/30/2012 3:37:51 PM(edited)
You can make a very decent machine on that budget, one that will play any game currently out, so long as you turn the video settings down.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135288
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147094
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103045
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#7Trance_Fan(Topic Creator)Posted 7/30/2012 6:36:12 PM
i know some people that want to get a desktop pc but dont want to spend money, and would rather buy a tablet for games (lol)
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#8exclusiveburnerPosted 7/30/2012 7:03:18 PM
For $400 craigslist is a good route as well. Find someone listing a pc for $5-600 and low ball them, people need cash fast, they'll sell.
#9Trance_Fan(Topic Creator)Posted 7/30/2012 9:40:13 PM
Shub posted...
You can make a very decent machine on that budget, one that will play any game currently out, so long as you turn the video settings down.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135288
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147094
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103045


this is good for $400
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