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Best gaming pc I can get for $500, help!!

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August 12, 2013 1:08:58 PM

This will be my first build and I'm asking what would be the best setup for gaming I could possible get, this is excluding OS/shipping.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 1:18:23 PM

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $501.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 16:18 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 1:36:13 PM

Here's my choice, the CPU should be enough, CPU is rarely the bottleneck for games these days, and it leaves us with more money for the GPU. The Barracuda serie is also a little bit faster than the WD Caviar Blue.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 16:33 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 1:40:51 PM

Seladon said:
Here's my choice, the CPU should be enough, CPU is rarely the bottleneck for games these days, and it leaves us with more money for the GPU. The Barracuda serie is also a little bit faster than the WD Caviar Blue.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-12 16:33 EDT-0400)


That's also nice, but the HD 7850 isn't really faster than the ti boost and for 180$ I would get the sapphire hd7870 on sale.
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August 12, 2013 1:50:44 PM

If say I wanted to bring it down to around 400 to take into consideration an OS and monitor what CPU and Video card would you then suggest seeing the rest of the parts are fairly the cheapest I'm going to get ( this is precautionary due to a fluctuating budget)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 1:56:18 PM

You don't want to cut the CPU more down than to the athlon, so you have to save 100 bucks on the video card... You'll just get something like a hd7750 and I don't think it will deserve your needs... But tell was what games you want to play and at which settings.
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August 12, 2013 1:58:20 PM

Like TF2, WoW, medieval total war 2, nothing like crisis 3 but also don't want something that cant play some higher requirement games
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 2:03:20 PM

I'd suggest you to save up another 100 bucks or at least 50 to get the athkon with the 650 to boost. Otherwise you maybe won't be happy.
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August 12, 2013 2:06:33 PM

Thanks for the feedback, I think I'm going to go for the 500 dollar rig you guys suggested
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a b 4 Gaming
August 12, 2013 2:09:33 PM

Glad I could help, have fun.

PS: would really appreciate if you pick a best answer if you don't mind.
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