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Best Gaming PC for $500-$600?

I have wanted to build a gaming PC for a long time but couldn't because I didn't have enough money. Some days ago, my grandfather told me that he would give me the money. He did. Now I just need to build the best PC possible with the money. I already have a keyboard, mouse, and a monitor. I should use $500 on the hardware and $100 to buy the OS but I could use all the money to buy the hardware and wait to get $100.
Is it possible to get a PC good enough to run Skyrim with an ENB?
Steam profile: http://steamcommunity.com/id/baconsbaconsasdf
^ Just in case you want to know what games I play.
Please try to explain stuff as simple as possible. I have never built a computer before. Will I be able to upgrade parts of the PC?
Another question:
I live in Germany but I buy everything in the US. Would there be some kind of problem because of the different voltage? Should I get a converter?
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  1. with that budget is really hard to build an upgradeable and powerful PC.
    You can have two ways - buy full computer now OR buy a good AMD processor(with good video "card") and upgradeable motherboard and psu. Actually, AMDs integrated video can play skyrim on high at 30 fps AND can have hybrid crossfire with discrete card.

    So my best guess if I would build such a budget computer - I would buy :
    1) A10 6800K(140$) or A10-7850K(175$, newest one)
    2) motherboard - 2-3 PCI-E x16, 2 memory channels, something like ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6 (90$)
    3) RAM - 4gb - 40$
    4) 650-750-850 PSU (70-100$, 140$ at max)
    5) a case with it - (140$), case separetly - 50-80$(really hard to find good case with PSU, but good case worth investing)
    6) HDD 1 tb - 60$
    7) Plus some 20-50$ on different stuff like fans all over the place.
    That will be your 500$ PC, it would run actually any games on low-medium-high(you can get reviews for the A10 6800K integrated graphics performance).
    Later on you could buy HD 6670(75$*3 max) to improve your performance(it has support for the hybrid crossfire with your CPU. Maybe this will change to R7 series with new CPU.). Totally 4 cards in crossfire. Or you could buy some of the good cards, like R9 280.

    A good cooler(good water-based or just big air) for your CPU(50-90$), add one more memory stick(40$), add SSD(128 GB 100$) and you will have your good budget PC for totally 1k$ at max upgrade. It can have issues with some games wich don't have good support for the crossfire. Also you might want to have 750 and maybe 850 watt PSU for that kind of crossfire. This computer will last for long time, especially if you will buy fm2+ motherboard and replace cpu with the newer one.

    Or you could try to build budget computer, it could be a beast for the short time but will be converted to a trash in two years.
  2. Baconator said:
    I
    I live in Germany but I buy everything in the US.

    Why in the first place?

    What is your budget in euro's?
  3. Vic 40 said:
    Baconator said:
    I
    I live in Germany but I buy everything in the US.

    Why in the first place?

    What is your budget in euro's?


    I don't have the money in euros.
  4. This one will be good but it is without an OS though, download the trial version and use it for a month if you wish.

    The the voltage compatibility depends from PSU to PSU but I believe the one I have chosen has support from 100V-240V.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.55 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $484.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 09:07 EST-0500)
  5. gameboy1998 said:
    This one will be good but it is without an OS though, download the trial version and use it for a month if you wish.

    The the voltage compatibility depends from PSU to PSU but I believe the one I have chosen has support from 100V-240V.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.55 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $484.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 09:07 EST-0500)


    Do you have the links?
  6. It's a bit above your price range but last night Ssddx helped me put this together:

    You could also switch the Gtx 650 ti (Video card) to a cheaper alternative (Possibly to this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr779oc1gd). Also the case itself I only selected for it's front panel 3.0 usb header support.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.29 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.03 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($130.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $573.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 13:30 EST-0500)


    Edited: Removed some unneeded things and downgraded powersupply
  7. Baconator said:
    gameboy1998 said:
    This one will be good but it is without an OS though, download the trial version and use it for a month if you wish.

    The the voltage compatibility depends from PSU to PSU but I believe the one I have chosen has support from 100V-240V.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.55 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $484.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 09:07 EST-0500)


    Do you have the links?


    Changed it a little bit:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zR7o
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zR7o/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zR7o/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.70 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($145.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $500.19
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 23:52 EST-0500)
  8. gameboy1998 said:
    Baconator said:
    gameboy1998 said:
    This one will be good but it is without an OS though, download the trial version and use it for a month if you wish.

    The the voltage compatibility depends from PSU to PSU but I believe the one I have chosen has support from 100V-240V.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.55 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $484.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 09:07 EST-0500)


    Do you have the links?


    Changed it a little bit:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zR7o
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zR7o/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2zR7o/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.70 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($145.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $500.19
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-11 23:52 EST-0500)


    Some parts are not good, according to the reviews.
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  10. try to save your money on the case and borrow a os cd from your friend or your relative then you will have around $600 to spend on ur pc..
  11. I can spend $600 on the PC. I'll buy the OS later.
  12. gameboy1998 said:
    like?



    Motherboard

    Video card

    Case
  13. NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

    EVGA 500 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 500W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 3 Year Warranty 100-B1-0500-KR Power Supply Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438012

    AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

    GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    bundled with:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1521852

    PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 270 2GBD5-TDHE/OC Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131545

    Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

    That's what I would buy for 600$. Value case and 80+ Bronze PSU, Six Core CPU and Radeon R270 for good perfomance at 1080p gaming.
  14. I've got something similar,

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Mwave)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Leggara Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.03 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake Urban 21 BOM ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $601.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 07:55 EST-0500)

    If you don't mind to have hardly any expansion slots this motherboard will be fine for your needs.The rest you can still upgrade.
  15. michxymi said:
    NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

    EVGA 500 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 500W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 3 Year Warranty 100-B1-0500-KR Power Supply Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438012

    AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

    GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    bundled with:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1521852

    PowerColor TurboDuo AXR9 270 2GBD5-TDHE/OC Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131545

    Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

    That's what I would buy for 600$. Value case and 80+ Bronze PSU, Six Core CPU and Radeon R270 for good perfomance at 1080p gaming.


    Did you read the reviews?
  16. This is so hard :/ You guys have been helpful but some of the parts have bad reviews. I have never built a PC before but I thought it would be easier than this. I don't know what to buy.
  17. Bro get amd athlon ii x4 750k!
    Motherboard: get a motherboard with lga 1150 chips
    Video card:asus gt640 2gb
  18. taha2001 said:
    Bro get amd athlon ii x4 750k!
    Motherboard: get a motherboard with lga 1150 chips
    Video card:asus gt640 2gb


    WUT!

    That motherboard and cpu aren't even compatibel and the gpu is nice for your business pc.
  19. What's the problem with the reviews?
  20. michxymi said:
    What's the problem with the reviews?



    Some reviews are bad.
  21. Baconator said:
    michxymi said:
    What's the problem with the reviews?



    Some reviews are bad.


    The only one I see having "some" bad reviews is the motherboard. But again, any motherboard can be faulty. If you don't like the Gigabyte you can go with Asus M5A970 R2.0. I just prefer Gigabyte.
  22. michxymi said:
    Baconator said:
    michxymi said:
    What's the problem with the reviews?



    Some reviews are bad.


    The only one I see having "some" bad reviews is the motherboard. But again, any motherboard can be faulty. If you don't like the Gigabyte you can go with Asus M5A970 R2.0. I just prefer Gigabyte.


    You're right but I still don't know what to buy.
  23. Baconator said:
    michxymi said:
    Baconator said:
    michxymi said:
    What's the problem with the reviews?



    Some reviews are bad.


    The only one I see having "some" bad reviews is the motherboard. But again, any motherboard can be faulty. If you don't like the Gigabyte you can go with Asus M5A970 R2.0. I just prefer Gigabyte.


    You're right but I still don't know what to buy.


    The build I create for you is the best you can get for that budget. If you don't want to buy the Gigabyte motherboard get the Asus one. It's the same price
  24. Thank you guys for your help but I decided to wait until I have $700 or $1000. I don't think I'll get to $1000 but I'll just wait until I have more money.
  25. Its Fine, but pick something as a solution :)
  26. Or if you want to we could pick this since it kind of is the closure of the thread,

    Baconator said:
    Thank you guys for your help but I decided to wait until I have $700 or $1000. I don't think I'll get to $1000 but I'll just wait until I have more money.
  27. Do you get something like points if I pick your answer as the solution?
  28. Best answer
    It will help mark your problem as solved thus nobody needs to look into your thread to solve your problem and it encourages the members to help others out.
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