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New to the PC gaming scene. Looking to build <$500 gaming desktop.

So, let's get this straight: I know very little about building gaming PCs. I know the basics, i.e. GPU/CPU, Desktop/Laptop, etc... but as to building one... not a clue. Anyways, as the Title says, looking at getting a decent enough desktop that could last me at most, say 5 years tops before needing to reinvest in large amounts.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 3 months.

Approximate Costs: $600 tops for everything.

Use: Gaming and nothing more.

Monitor: Will likely hook up to flat screen over HDMI.

OS: W10 pre installed

Faction: Intel.

OC capable? : *Maybe*

Comments: I am by no means trying to be a competitive player for tournaments and what not, but am looking at having this hypothetical desktop build last my last year in HS and through College, running games at bar minimum 720p/60fps reliably [if possible]. Look-wise, I am not looking for a fancy case. Honestly, I would be fine if it is even cardboard. As long as it works, I'm good. I am coming over from current gen console gaming (Xbox), and if I can get solid gameplay akin to what I already have there, I'll be happy.
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  1. next year? you know how much changes in one year?
  2. If you want a PC next year, come back next year. Computer parts vastly increase in ability year after year. In fact, scratch that -- every 2/3 months
  3. superninja12 said:
    next year? you know how much changes in one year?


    Yes. What I mean by Purchase time is have a current gen(Right term?) set of parts, and steadily chip away at the list over the course of a year with little or no variation from the original "plan". [ One does not make a lot working at Pizza Hut after all ]
  4. theres no point in buying part by part honestly. buy a cpu now 4 months later there is another beang for the buck/ the difference might be a little compared to a lot.

    this is not smart man
  5. Mercforhire said:
    superninja12 said:
    next year? you know how much changes in one year?


    Yes. What I mean by Purchase time is have a current gen(Right term?) set of parts, and steadily chip away at the list over the course of a year with little or no variation from the original "plan". [ One does not make a lot working at Pizza Hut after all ]

    If you're only going to be able to completely build the PC next year, don't buy anything now and wait until next year! Computer hardware changes A LOT over the year -- including much cheaper parts on stuff that you'd have otherwise bought a year before! Computers are one of the things where you should NEVER, EVER, EVER buy parts one at a time. What if the part is faulty? You only get limited time to return it (say, 1 or 2 weeks at most). Wait 52 weeks, what if that part is broken? You're sure as hell not getting a refund.
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    I'll agree with the others. Instead of purchasing right away, sock the money into a savings account every paycheck. when you get to $500-600, buy everything a once
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