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Best Build For $500 Budget Gaming PC, AMD is OK

Hello!

My friend wants me to build him a Gaming PC for a budget of $500, not including OS.

He will be gaming, doing schoolwork and using skype.

He would like to run current-gen and next-gen games, but he doesn't have much tech-knowledge, so he won't care about resolution, as long as it doesn't lag or look terribly ugly.

Thanks!
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  1. This build will allow you to play games on high settings.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/210K6
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/210K6/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/210K6/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.91 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $449.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 21:49 EST-0500)
  2. "He would like to run current-gen and next-gen games, but he doesn't have much tech-knowledge, so he won't care about resolution, as long as it doesn't lag or look terribly ugly." Then he better add $500 to the build to achieve that...
  3. scoobydenon said:
    "He would like to run current-gen and next-gen games, but he doesn't have much tech-knowledge, so he won't care about resolution, as long as it doesn't lag or look terribly ugly." Then he better add $500 to the build to achieve that...


    Your statement is false. It does not take an expensive computer to have a fun experience. For example battlefield 4 still looks great on medium settings.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($65.94 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($119.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $469.08
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 22:05 EST-0500)

    This was damned near impossible lol, $500 is a tight budget indeed and I had to cut some corners with how I usually build for a budget (this price is contingent on landing several rebates, or else the base cost is about $560)

    but it comes with a 2GB Vram 650 Ti boost, just about the best you can do in a $500 build, if you aren't satisfied you can switch around some parts, like 1Gb 650 Ti, which costs about 90 bucks I believe for the cheapest. It was really hard choosing between upgrading the GPU to a 6300 or upgrading the GPU to what it is now, but overall this should be better, since your friend doesn't seem to use too many things that'll require more cores anyway, gaming performance will rely on your video card more than anything so I really wanted to squeeze a 2Gb one in there.
  5. Best answer
    I'm working on a build and here's what I have. This will run most games at 1080p ultra settings. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/21w0t
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    Case 19$
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    Sata 1 Harddrive 19$
    http://www.amazon.com/Generic-160gb-Internal-Desktop-Dr...
    PSU(19$)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/coolmax-power-supply-zx600...
    or
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/coolmax-power-supply-zx700...
    Motherboard $50
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000GGTYIC/ref=s...
    6*1gb ddr2 $30
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0053GE5PC/ref=s...
    $358.99(with Linux)

    It is server(dual cpu) though so Non Open Soure OS would be different price.
  7. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3d0IG
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3d0IG/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3d0IG/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4 ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($99.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card ($130.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Raidmax 630W Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $526.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-21 16:34 EDT-0400)
  8. try here http://makegamingcomputers.yolasite.com/ i use the 500 dollar build and play every game on high settings.
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