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What is the best pc build for under $500

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July 27, 2014 1:49:09 PM

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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July 27, 2014 2:06:56 PM

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-r...) | $29.98 @ OutletPC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970pro3...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-tld38g1600hc9d...) | $68.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $34.00 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750titf2gd...) | $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-p1650snlb...) | $49.99 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $12.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $519.91
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July 27, 2014 3:02:32 PM

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-r...) | $29.98 @ OutletPC
**Motherboard** | [ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970pro3...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-tld38g1600hc9d...) | $68.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $34.00 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750titf2gd...) | $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-p1650snlb...) | $49.99 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $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?
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July 27, 2014 3:12:19 PM

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...

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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