$500 Budget Gaming/ Video Editing Pc

This is my first time building a pc, so i don't know to much.

Approximate Purchase Date: September-October

Budget Range: $500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, moderate gaming, watching movie (blu ray if possible), surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect (Which ever one is cheaper)

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 2500k (if possible, if not any sufficient processor is fine), Asus motherboard.

Overclocking: Maybe (in the future)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (in the future)

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Thank you!
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  1. There is no way to build a system including a 2500K at that price

    There is no point using a blu-ray drive when you monitor resolution is lower than blu-ray resolution

    But you may be able to build a system based on an H61 motherboard and including a i5 2400 , and 8 gig of RAM if you keep to a 80-$90 graphics card .
  2. What graphics card would you recommend for that price range, I was thinking of the 9800 gt.
  3. The 9800GT is very old . Far too old to even consider .
    A Radeon 6770 can be as little as $90 after rebates

    PowerColor AX6770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 6770 1GB

    and will game well at 1680 x 1050
  4. AMD 6 Core build(Relies heavily on rebate to stay under $500)
    Should be a great gaming build at that resolution

    CPU:AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban

    Motherboard:BIOSTAR A870U3 AM3 AMD 870

    PSU:Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-400 400W

    RAM:G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

    GPU:XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit

    Case:Xigmatek ASGARD II

    HDD:HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM

    DVD:LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

    Total:$475.92 After Rebates

    If you are willing to pay more than $500, I would go for a better motherboard
  5. With that budget you can get a good system for gaming but i5 2500K is not possible, the system building marathon for $500 is a good place to start. Based on those here a recommendation with combos to give you the best bang for buck:

    Case: $30-Xigmatek Asguard II

    Motherboard: $60- Biostar 870U3 (Good one with USB 3.0 & SATA 6GB/s support)

    GPU: $170- Sapphire Radeon 6870 (More than sufficient for your gaming needs)

    RAM: $26- Mushkin Enhanced Essential

    Optical Drive & HDD: $67- Asus DRW & Seagate Barracuda 1TB

    PSU & CPU: $158- Corsair Builder Series CX500 & MD Phenom X2 955 BE (Decent Power supply & a good overclocking CPU)

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 511 USD

    Rebates: 60 USD

    If you are inclined towards Intel build , you may look into i3 2100 and a supporting mobo. But going the intel way you will have to sacrifice overclocking.
  6. Thank you all for replying, I was wondering what you thought about this:
    I know you can't overclock, but I was thinking of upgrading later.
    How does the gtx 460 stack up against all the radeons you guys suggested?
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