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Can you get it any closer to $400?

tydowntyty

19 months ago

Rules:

  • No RX550, GT 1030.

  • No 2GB Video RAM.

  • At least 8GBs of RAM.

  • Gaming Grade

My list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $51.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $44.39 @ OutletPC
Memory GeIL - EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $76.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.95 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 560 - 1024 4GB AERO ITX Video Card $159.99 @ Best Buy
Case DIYPC - MA01-R MicroATX Mini Tower Case $22.96 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $28.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $440.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-06 23:10 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't quite agree with your second requirement at this price point (the future-proofing of an RX 560 is bottlenecked to a greater extent by the GPU itself than by 2GB vs 4GB RAM), unless you have a specific application for which you require over 2GB to work at all.

Anyways, here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $51.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $40.89 @ OutletPC
Memory GeIL - EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $76.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi - Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $36.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 560 - 1024 4GB AERO ITX Video Card $159.99 @ Best Buy
Case Rosewill - FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $9.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $26.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $448.73
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $403.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-07 00:19 EDT-0400

I didn't see an explicit storage requirement, so I moved to a 1TB HDD. If this doesn't work, Newegg often has sales on 2TB WD Blue drives (sometimes for prices cheaper than your original Hitachi selection), so perhaps you could wait around for such a sale.

Could save another $1 by picking from the refurbished uATX H110M/B250M motherboard offerings at Newegg.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Best that can be done for 400 imo. the 2400g has interrogated vega 11 which beats the 1030 anyway and much better cpu.

Upgrade the gpu later. Up the ram speed to 2800 if you can get a better price. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $162.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Raidmax - Ninja II ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $26.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $451.64
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $401.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-07 02:36 EDT-0400
  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $62.89 @ OutletPC
Memory ADATA - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate - Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.95 @ Amazon
Case DIYPC - MA01-R MicroATX Mini Tower Case $19.63 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $27.98 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $305.33
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-12 15:41 EDT-0400
  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

$300 anyone?

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

For 400$, you’re not going to get a good gaming system with rules like those.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B350M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $68.39 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $81.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.21 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GT 1030 2GB LP OC Video Card $95.38 @ Newegg Marketplace
Case Rosewill - SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.47 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $46.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $456.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-04-07 01:14 EDT-0400

I don’t do MIR’s, if you do, then the price of this build will be less.

  • Pentium G4400 will not cut it for modern gaming. You will see a lot of stuttering in AAA games because of the dual core. This Ryzen 3 chip features four cores and can overclock. This will better handle games.
  • Better quality HDD. That one isn’t too great and has a higher failure rate.
  • No point in a RX 560/GTX1050 is the G4400 is going to hold you back. You’re going to have to go with a GT1030 until you can upgrade. Don’t worry, for what the Gt1030 is capable of, you won’t need more than 2gb of VRAM.
  • Different PSU. The BT has no professional reviews, so I would steer clear of it. Here’s the best sub 50$ PSU available.
  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... I don't use mail in rebates. Forgot to add that rule (I always forget).

I think your list does good for a CPU intensive workload but the GPU in mine could always be useful. Depends on user though.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No, if you’re gaming, you’re going to need a quad core unless you’re playing 32bit games (Paradox Games, for example.)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

But as I said... No GT 1030.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, if you stick with the Dual Core then the GTX 1050 can’t perform to its fullest because it’s held back by the dual core, also known as bottlenecking. Bottlenecking is situational, but if you try to play AAA games on a Dual core, there’s going to be a bottleneck.

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