Hi, I'm looking for a $550 dollar gaming PC ($600 with os). I would prefer a nicer graphics card rather than a CPU, upgradeable, and with parts that will last a while. I would also prefer it to be smaller, but I can compromise. Any help would be much appreciated.
P.S. I would like to be able to play games like minecraft to battlefield 4
CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($53.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Getting an i3 now allows for you to upgrade to an i5, i7, or Xeon later
You can add 4GB more RAM at any time. It's easy and takes about 60sec.
You can add more storage if needed.
That's a tried and true case that has good cooling and a lot of room for more fans and hard drives.