How does this look for a $400 build?


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**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor]( | $109.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [ECS A960M-M3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard]( | $29.98 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory]( | $55.25 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive]( | $48.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Video Card** | [MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card]( | $109.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [HEC Enterprise MicroATX Mid Tower Case]( | $9.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply]( | $19.99 @ Microcenter
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $384.18
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-03 20:58 EST-0500 |

Not bad, although, I would at least get a 970 chipset motherboard. The motherboard you picked doesn't look too good. Also you may want to try and get 2 sticks of 4GB ram rather than one 8GB stick so you can take advantage of dual channel memory.

Looks pretty good.  I tried to fit a 7870 with an Athlon X4 760k, but I went over your budget.  I would try to find a better motherboard, as the one you picked is a very, very budget board.  I wouldn't trust it much with a FX-6300.  Something with a newer 970 chipset would be good.  If you can't afford that, then find something like this.

That does look like a pretty decent mobo.