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Looking to build the best possible Gaming PC I can for around $500

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December 22, 2013 3:38:37 PM

As the title says, I'm looking to build the best possible gaming PC that I can with a budget of around $500 (it won't kill me to go a little over). I'm looking to buy and build it over the course of the next month or two. A friend of mine recommended me this build at around $400, however I'm not sure how good this build actually is, and I'd be willing to improve it. Any help would be much appreciated.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz Triple-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD/USB3 ATX AM3 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: Scaner ($25.00)
Total: $402.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 18:39 EST-0500)

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December 22, 2013 3:47:52 PM

Depends what your using it for. Id up the cpu and gpu
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December 22, 2013 3:55:52 PM

MDXX said:
Depends what your using it for. Id up the cpu and gpu


I'm using it for Gaming. None of the games I plan on playing are very demanding.
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December 24, 2013 6:39:35 PM

If you don't mind rebate this is a good built for $500

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2psCy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2psCy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2psCy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $499.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-24 21:41 EST-0500)
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December 25, 2013 2:15:10 PM

above build is absolutely great.
But some improvements for choosing a better 2 x 4 GB Ram instead of 1 x 8.
and going for higher PSU atleast Vorshair CX 500M which will make total around $540 and will assure better working of the overall build.
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