Gaming Pc for college student

Hi! I'm a college student who need a good stable gaming pc and a pc for all my school needs. As a college student I'm on a budget and would like to know how to build a pc at about the $300-$400 price range. I've gotten bored with consoles and want to be with the PC gamers. I have both a ps3 and xbox 360 and can sell those for some money, but the problem lies with what parts to buy. I would greatly appreciate some other opinions.


P.S: I have a Dell E177FP. Will that run high quality visuals? and I also a mouse and keyboard so thats something else I dnt have to pay for.

Your Dell monitor is fine.

Here is something to consider:

AMD Phenom II x4 965 - $90

Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 - $120  (Or Radeon HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 - $80)

Any case, couple on newegg for $25

2x4 1600mhz DDR3 RAM - $40

Thermal Take PSU 430W - $35

MSI 760GM-P34 Motherboard - $60

Western Digital 500GB - $50

Total - $430 (with HD 7770), OR $390 (with Radeon HD 6670, with your dell monitor's resolution the 6670 would be fine)


Keep in mind there is shipping (cheap if you're in the US), and taxes.


dell monitors are decent. not as good as asus, but not as bad as acer.

use an amd A10, 8g of ddr3-1866 ram, or faster, asrock FM-2 mobo (they can support higher-speed RAM), a hyper-212 plus, case of your choice, and a decent 450-600w psu. and a WD blue 1tb hdd, or a seagate barracuda

Thank's I appreciate it. This is my first time building a PC so this might take a while for me to get everything together. And for OS windows 7 right?

yeah, although win 8 is probably not as bad as people make it out to be.

I don't even....

Dell makes some of the best monitors there is besides apple...

I guess I was only considering gaming...