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What is the best pc build for under $500

I am trying to build my first desktop, i have the OS,monitor,mouse, and keypad. I just want the computer to handle games like Age of Empires 3, the ANNO games, Settlers, and other games like these. I can spend 500 right now, but i would like to have the potential to upgrade certain parts in the future when i have saved more money so it can handle better games. (like Skyrim). Any advice is appreciated as im very inexperienced to this.
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    This will play the games you mention with ease. In the future (or immediately if you prefer) you can overclock the processor, swap out the processor for an octa-core, buy a more powerful graphics card like an R9 290 or R9 280x, add more ram, add an SSD

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YcMWzy

    **CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $29.98 @ OutletPC
    **Motherboard** | [ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970pro3r20) | $59.99 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | [Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-tld38g1600hc9dc01) | $68.99 @ Newegg
    **Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd2500aajs) | $34.00 @ Amazon
    **Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750titf2gd5oc) | $119.99 @ Newegg
    **Case** | [Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-case-threehundred) | $34.99 @ Newegg
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9) | $49.99 @ NCIX US
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas12414) | $12.99 @ Newegg
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $519.91
  2. plywrlw said:
    This will play the games you mention with ease. In the future (or immediately if you prefer) you can overclock the processor, swap out the processor for an octa-core, buy a more powerful graphics card like an R9 290 or R9 280x, add more ram, add an SSD

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YcMWzy

    **CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $108.99 @ SuperBiiz
    **CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $29.98 @ OutletPC
    **Motherboard** | [ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970pro3r20) | $59.99 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | [Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-tld38g1600hc9dc01) | $68.99 @ Newegg
    **Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd2500aajs) | $34.00 @ Amazon
    **Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750titf2gd5oc) | $119.99 @ Newegg
    **Case** | [Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-case-threehundred) | $34.99 @ Newegg
    **Power Supply** | [XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9) | $49.99 @ NCIX US
    **Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas12414) | $12.99 @ Newegg
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $519.91



    So i just buy all these thing, put them together, and play?
  3. Basically yes. Use this guide if you are new to PC building and of course use this forum for advice http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building

    At present that power supply will be far more than this build requires but when you need to upgrade your graphics card or processor you won't need a new power supply too
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