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Best Gaming PC for Under 500$

I need a better Gaming PC on a budget of 500 dollars, Operating system and monitor included. I would prefer the AMD Athlon II X4 750k Proccessor, but any powerful one thats not that costly will do. I also would need atleast 6 Gbs of Ram because Im planning on getting Watch Dogs.
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  1. In a few short words, there isn't one. Better off with a crapbox one or PS4 for that money.
  2. A budget gaming PC will run ya $850 - $1000
  3. You could get a worthwhile decent pc system that can game for $600-700. But it isnt until that $900-1000 mark does it really kick into actual gaming pc.

    For $500 you'll get an apu with no dedicated graphics, or if you could stretch and get a dedicated graphics, it would be very low end and then the rest of your system would take a step down as well.
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    At budget:

    Intel:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $503.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:32 EDT-0400)

    AMD:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.19 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.89 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $477.03
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:34 EDT-0400)

    Above budget:

    Intel #1:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.89 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $518.82
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:39 EDT-0400)

    Intel #2:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.49 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.89 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $574.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:40 EDT-0400)

    Intel #3:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $563.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:48 EDT-0400)

    AMD:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.89 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $511.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:45 EDT-0400)

    AMD #2:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $556.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:46 EDT-0400)

    If you need an OS:

    Intel:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($43.97 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $443.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:50 EDT-0400)

    AMD:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.19 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($43.97 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $401.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 20:51 EDT-0400)'

    Extremely disappointed that you were told it wasn't possible by the people above. Sure, they're not amazing gaming rigs, but they'll cope well on good settings.

    Build yourself one of the computers above and you'll be happy with it. I used to be on an extremely tight budget too but I upgraded over the span of 1.5 years and now I have a fairly respectable computer. Heck, I started on a $325 budget and made it work, but I don't really recommend that.

    Good luck, OP.
  5. Well, your dual core intel, or low end amd id go intel wise. And glad you could get at least a 750 in there, but your still talking low/medium settings at best! And no real good upgrade options, as cpu upgrade is limited by low end motherboard. motherboard upgrade is just wasted money now. gpu upgrade is wasted money now.

    Upgrade over time makes sense. But given very low end parts now, you'd be better off trying to sell any of those sytems than upgrading them.
  6. Dblkk said:
    Well, your dual core intel, or low end amd id go intel wise. And glad you could get at least a 750 in there, but your still talking low/medium settings at best! And no real good upgrade options, as cpu upgrade is limited by low end motherboard. motherboard upgrade is just wasted money now. gpu upgrade is wasted money now.

    Upgrade over time makes sense. But given very low end parts now, you'd be better off trying to sell any of those sytems than upgrading them.


    Actually, the 750 can run most games on Medium with no issues and some on high. The 750 Ti can run games on high even better than the 750. And with the 270 you can run most any game on High/Ultra.

    And to be honest? An H81 motherboard is perfectly fine for even an i5-4670 or an i7-4770. While not the best option it supports them just fine.
  7. Not trying to slam you here, I'm just saying that with that budget, you'll get a better gaming experience out of a xbox or playstation. And come time to upgrade/sell, you'll get more for your xbox/playstation, than you will out of your budget pc.
  8. Mephikun said:
    Dblkk said:
    Well, your dual core intel, or low end amd id go intel wise. And glad you could get at least a 750 in there, but your still talking low/medium settings at best! And no real good upgrade options, as cpu upgrade is limited by low end motherboard. motherboard upgrade is just wasted money now. gpu upgrade is wasted money now.

    Upgrade over time makes sense. But given very low end parts now, you'd be better off trying to sell any of those sytems than upgrading them.


    Actually, the 750 can run most games on Medium with no issues and some on high. The 750 Ti can run games on high even better than the 750. And with the 270 you can run most any game on High/Ultra.

    And to be honest? An H81 motherboard is perfectly fine for even an i5-4670 or an i7-4770. While not the best option it supports them just fine.


    tell me how a dual core and a 750 will get you high, or how a 270 and a dual core will get you high/ultra?

    I had a i5 and 7870 and hit high no ultra. Finally got to gtx 770 and get ultra

    Well, respectable frames, ok... I guess a 270 at ultra with 10fps does qualify as ultra. Yet not a good experience

    That and op's quoted game watchdogs, requires a quad core and 6gb ram, minimal. Recomended, quad core with a decent gpu boost over your choices.

    Which is why i stand behind, at $500 a pc gaming build isnt good. It'll be minimal, and a xbox/ps will give a way better experience.
  9. A 270X (which most 270s have no issue being OC'd to those speeds) generally can run games on Ultra with not many issues. Examples from an OC'd 270 at 270X speeds:

    Tomb Raider on Ultra - 52.4 FPS avg.
    Bioshock Infinite on Ultra - 59.4 FPS avg.
    Battlefield 4 (DirectX 11, not mantle) on Ultra - 45.8 FPS avg.

    While the dual core will hold it back a little bit, I made these suggestions with upgrading in the future in mind. I think you had bad luck with your 7870. If you want a $500-550 gaming pc over a console and don't care about trivial things, then the builds I suggested aren't that bad.

    I'd prefer to spend $400 on an 'okay' build that can play games on medium settings or so that can also do normal computer tasks than have a crappy computer and a PS4. That might just be me but that is the standpoint that I recommend from.
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