Best $400 Build?

I want to make a PC to play at my dad's during summer. I only have so much money so $400 is the budget for monitors, speakers, keyboard, everything. I can pirate Windows I guess. I tried putting together a build but it was crappy. If you could, please incluse a Wi-Fi card. Thanks

Oh god... what have I created?

Now, if you are buying new parts, you are going to get crap. Utter crap, for $400. You are going to have to buy used if you want a decent PC, or you'll have to raise the budget. The reason you were having trouble putting together a $400 PC, including monitor, is because anything you put together for that much will probably explode.

Oh goodness... I guess I could up the budget to around the likes of $470

Honestly, I'd just check Craigslist for your local area - try to find some good deals. If you have questions about what you find, post them here before you buy :) 

How is this build? Could you try imptoving this??

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ NCIX US) 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)

Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Adorama)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.49 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Diablotek CPA-7620 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ NCIX US)

Monitor: Asus VS197D-P 18.5" Monitor ($87.99 @ NCIX US)

Keyboard: Adesso AKB-131UB Wired Standard Keyboard ($7.98 @ Outlet PC)

Mouse: Adesso HC-3003PS Wired Optical Mouse ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $469.37 

Encore Wireless N150 PCI-E Adapter with 2dbi Antenna $7.99


I second this. Craigslist is the way to go for a few of the pieces of hardware, especially a GPU. You can probably find a Radeon HD 7770 or something for around $70~$85 as opposed to a new one for up to $140. For a motherboard, try to find a refurbished one off ebay or newegg. You can probably get a decent one from a decent company with a P67 or Z77 chipset and all the standard features for around $60 refurbished as opposed to a brand new equivalent for probabaly $120. Often you can find 8GB of used RAM for just a bit more than 4GB NEW costs.

Craigslist is a great tool with which to find PC hardware. Just don't buy used HDDs as they might be near death for all you know. Also probably best to avoid buying used PSUs unless it's from someone you know and it's a good PSU.