$500 modest gaming PC (first build)

Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better

Budget Range: close to $550 after tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Casual gaming (Civ 5, SW:TOR, Starcraft, etc.)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, accessories

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, (not to experienced or knowledged)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD, Gigabyte, I'm fairly flexible

Additional Comments: Will it do what I want?


Products here:

Thanks all!
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $561.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 22:34 EDT-0400)

    Do this. It has more GPU power, which is the main factor in improving game performance. It also has 8GB of RAM, which can be useful.

    If you buy it from newegg, it's about 40$ over your budget. To find the newegg-only parts list, go to 'price breakdown by merchant'

    Hope this helps :D
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