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$500 gaming build

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May 22, 2013 2:20:05 PM

I am very new to building a computer but would like to make a gaming pc for around $500. Not including the OS or monitor.

Its primary uses would be to play WOW and Star Wars.

Any help would be appreciated!

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May 22, 2013 3:11:56 PM

Here is an option:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($146.09 @ NCIX US)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $485.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-22 18:10 EDT-0400)
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May 22, 2013 5:18:17 PM

Posting your location helps us tell you where the best local deals are and on a modest budget it can be a game changer.
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May 23, 2013 5:25:12 PM

I'll be using newgg there's nothing local here. I live in the middle of nowhere.
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May 23, 2013 10:56:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $484.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-24 01:51 EDT-0400)

The gpu isnt as good as the ti boost but since youll only be playing mmorpgs for now, theres no need for that. The core i3 is a great starting cpu and its better than some of the fx cpus amd has to offer. You get better upgradability here since you can get a core i5 or i7 later on. The 7770 will play most modern games on high-ultra on 720p amd mid to high on 1080p including crysis 3.

If you want maui67's build, youll get a phenom which is a good quad core and its overclockable and its cheaper but im not a big fan of phenoms so yeah. Its a good build though. Mine is just more of an all rounder build (video encoding, video editting, etc.) :)  good luck!
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