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Getting into PC Gaming Need CHEAP Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $500 or lower

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, surfing internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Escondido, California, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type - Any

Overclocking: Maybe (I dont know what overclocking is...)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Dont know the difference....)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (not upgrading)

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC that can run games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2, BF4 on fairly good settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Im not upgrading but I have a laptop that i play League of Legends in but it overheats in about 20 minutes of playing and shuts off so im trying to buy myself a gaming desktop pc.

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links. -Dont have any yet.

Thanks to all feedbacks .
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  1. For less than 500.00 I would suggest looking at a used computer. Gaming unfortunately requires quite a bit from a PC. Typically, a computer built for the purpose of gaming tends to be more expensive than a computer built for everyday mainstream use.
  2. Best answer
    Here you go, Will play the games you want no trouble.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $504.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:19 EDT-0400)

    I'll explain a few things as well.

    SLI/Crossfire is running two or more graphics cards together, you can't afford it in your budget

    Overclock is running your CPU at a high clock speed to improve performance, once again if you're new you're fine without it.

    It's $5 over and I can bring it within budget but it'l only be about $10 less and have half of the hard disk drive space.

    There's also this build for less which isn't too bad either.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($97.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $482.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:22 EDT-0400)

    This build is not the fastest initially but most upgradeable.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.95 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($97.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $494.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:27 EDT-0400)
  3. AshyCFC said:
    Here you go, Will play the games you want no trouble.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $504.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:19 EDT-0400)

    I'll explain a few things as well.

    SLI/Crossfire is running two or more graphics cards together, you can't afford it in your budget

    Overclock is running your CPU at a high clock speed to improve performance, once again if you're new you're fine without it.

    It's $5 over and I can bring it within budget but it'l only be about $10 less and have half of the hard disk drive space.

    There's also this build for less which isn't too bad either.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($97.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $482.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:22 EDT-0400)

    This build is not the fastest initially but most upgradeable.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.95 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($97.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $494.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:27 EDT-0400)


    Thank you! ill get the 1st build you posted soon. THANKS AGAIN!
  4. No trouble.

    I'd suggest if you went for that build, save up $10-15 dollars and get the 2GB version of the 260X

    It's not much more but it'll help you in BF4. I'm going to try to experiment with that build to get a 260X 2GB into it.

    Cheapest I could get it with the 2GB GPU, you sacrifice 680GB of Hard Drive space but in terms of best gaming performance, the 2GB will give the best performance.

    I'd go for this as if you fill your hard drive it's easy to just purchase another for $40-50 rather than a new GPU as 1GB VRAM doesn't cut for gaming as much anymore.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.45 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $507.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:35 EDT-0400)
  5. AshyCFC said:
    No trouble.

    I'd suggest if you went for that build, save up $10-15 dollars and get the 2GB version of the 260X

    It's not much more but it'll help you in BF4. I'm going to try to experiment with that build to get a 260X 2GB into it.

    Cheapest I could get it with the 2GB GPU, you sacrifice 680GB of Hard Drive space but in terms of best gaming performance, the 2GB will give the best performance.

    I'd go for this as if you fill your hard drive it's easy to just purchase another for $40-50 rather than a new GPU as 1GB VRAM doesn't cut for gaming as much anymore.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.45 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $507.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 17:35 EDT-0400)

    Hmm. ive been thinking about it since im probably gonna get $1000 for my birthday which is December so ill wait til my Birthday and maybe there will be a cheaper parts? So ill wait thanks for everything though! Really great response!
  6. If you're getting $1000 in december

    Get the pentium build, it is the most upgradeable.
  7. AshyCFC said:
    If you're getting $1000 in december

    Get the pentium build, it is the most upgradeable.


    Okay then. thank you!
  8. Here's the pentium with a 260x 2GB

    Sorry about editing the builds so much, Just the more I got to know about what you're looking at the more adapted it can be.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.93 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.45 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $507.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-16 04:30 EDT-0400)

    When you get the $1000 you can easily change the CPU,PSU and GPU and have a gaming powerhouse.
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