Building a budget gaming computer

so one of my buddies that just broke his console wants to get into pc gaming. he asked me about an hour ago to build him the best machine that i could for about $375. he wants to play a few indie games, world of warcraft and another mmo i think i was called final chaos. anyways i found logans $350 gaming computer list and so far im really liking it but also thinking of any component that could be replaced with a better one for about the same cost. (i have around $25 extra if i stick with logans list) and i honestly cant really come up with anything better.

this is logans list

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (has VGA and DVI) for PC $50 For a media center: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (has HDMI)

CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz  Radeon 6550 $120

  • 55 fps in Crysis @ 1680x1050 (no filters)
  • Civ 5 1680x1050 30 fps
  • StarCraft II 1680x1050 62 fps
  • Can crossfire with 6450, 6570, or 6670 - greatly improves performance

Ram: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $24
PSU: LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI/ Crossfire Ready 80 Plus Bronze Certified with single 12v Rail  - $55
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST250DM000 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb - $70
CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $17
so what do you think. should i go with this list or is there a better one you can think of?
also did you like sniper elite v2? i was thinking of buying it on steam.
Modedit: Please read the sticky. I've moved this thread into the correct section

do you have any cases laying around? even if its a old ass pentium II case it should at least have a m-ATX standard that will give you more to work with budget wise

if you can reuse an old case then this will be your best bet







if it gets in stock then get this combo instead

Ok, I've come up with an alternative. Tell me what you think.


APU: AMD A8-3870K -

RAM: G.Skill 4GB 1333mhz -

SSD: Kingston SSDNow V200 128GB -

Case: Apex PC-389-C -

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 -

ODD: ASUS DVD Burner -

Total: $353.93

Now, there are a couple of options that you can take from here. If you decide you need more storage space, then you can get this hard drive instead of the SSD:

Seagate Barracuda 750GB -

Also, for more graphical power, I would suggest getting one of these to utilize dual graphics with your APU:

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 2GB -

You'll save about $15 if you get the hard drive instead of the SSD. You'll also get more storage space, but you'll lose space. Either way if you add the video card, you're going to be going a little over $400.

The APUs are very reliant on the speed of the RAM so if you have room in your budget ...

This is $380 shipped and after tax. without a cd drive 

That $380 system will kill the APU-based system thanks to the dedicated Radeon... however, I do not like the psu... and the ram is average. Something like that might work if the parts were better. 

  • CPU: Intel Pentium G630 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor 
  • Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard 
  • Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory 
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 
  • Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card 
  • Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply

Total: $380.90 shipped!

That should be the same speed (or faster) than the above syetem... and there are better parts here. I PMed you a link to the parts. 

thanks everyone for your input. in the end I went with logans $380 build.

im happy to know we have a good community that wants to share there thoughts 

erm a bit of a delay there