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Best bang for your buck $500 gaming pc?

I plan to build a gaming pc sometime in the fall (yes i know prices are always changing) but in general. what is the best i can do gaming-wise for around $500-$525 currently? i want to be able to save a bit of money and still get good preformance. (note: i will be recording videogame letsplays, while running the games.)
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xyFDkL

    This is the basics, add a more powerful gpu and/or SSD or OS if you need it.\

    Or, keep the same config as in the build and just get the new Pentium G3258 and Z87 or Z97 mobo and a cpu cooler if you want to overclock.
  2. a $100 case doesnt have much place in a $500 build. Is the budget with or without a copy of windows? do you need a Keyboard/mouse/monitor? or is the budget just for the tower? Would you be intersted in mail in rebates? (pay more up front then get money back)
  3. For a $500 budget of just the tower this is the best you can get if you don't play games that are only able to use few cores (Arma/Dayz etc...) then you could look at getting an AMD fx-6300, which will probably help with recording/multitasking. But the fx-6300 is considerably worse than the i3 in single threaded programs, like most older games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: VisionTek 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $499.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($110.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $502.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    Asus released a BIOS update that allows you to overclock on all of their H81, H87, B85, and H97 boards. So you can OC with that :)
  5. Samsamproducts said:
    a $100 case doesnt have much place in a $500 build. Is the budget with or without a copy of windows? do you need a Keyboard/mouse/monitor? or is the budget just for the tower? Would you be intersted in mail in rebates? (pay more up front then get money back)



    without windows and peripherals, just the tower (mail in rebates are fine)
  6. Samsamproducts said:
    For a $500 budget of just the tower this is the best you can get if you don't play games that are only able to use few cores (Arma/Dayz etc...) then you could look at getting an AMD fx-6300, which will probably help with recording/multitasking. But the fx-6300 is considerably worse than the i3 in single threaded programs, like most older games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: VisionTek 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $499.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    This is a good build for the price.
  7. Samsamproducts said:
    For a $500 budget of just the tower this is the best you can get if you don't play games that are only able to use few cores (Arma/Dayz etc...) then you could look at getting an AMD fx-6300, which will probably help with recording/multitasking. But the fx-6300 is considerably worse than the i3 in single threaded programs, like most older games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: VisionTek 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $499.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thank you a ton! all im going to be playing are some pretty fairly simple games, mostly source engine (tf2, gmod, ect). maybe some minecraft, or fallout or something :P but hey, thanks for this recommendation! (would it be possible to upgrade the processor in this build? or would i be bottle-necking it?)
  8. For the games you mentioned, this game will breeze through them. In fact you could even save right now and get a Pentium G3258 now and later on upgrade it to an i5 or i7.
  9. that's a really good build for the money, and yeah you can upgrade to an i5 or i7 later, or actually a Xeon 1230 v3 which is an i7 just without integrated graphics, they're like a hidden gem in the cpu world, if I had of known about the Xeons when I was building my pc I would of probably just went with it and a cheaper non overclockable motherboard. The Intels are so good per core overclocking really isn't needed.

    >_> I've thought of selling my motherboard and i5 and using the money for an h97 mobo and Xeon cpu. Actually some of the z97s cost the same as an h97, so might as well get a z97 then >_>
  10. TechyInAZ said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xyFDkL

    This is the basics, add a more powerful gpu and/or SSD or OS if you need it.\

    Or, keep the same config as in the build and just get the new Pentium G3258 and Z87 or Z97 mobo and a cpu cooler if you want to overclock.


    +1 for the G3258, I'm thinking of getting one of these bad boys myself. I think the z97 would be the better mobo though.
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