$500 Gaming Pc

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: Max $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Frys

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor (I'm thinking an i5 or a low end i7) Coolmaster Case with good ventilation

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm looking for the best cost efficient build without going over the budget. Any feedback will be appreciated. I am currently making a build which I will post later as I am not done with it. Any build that you guys have will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  1. for $500 i would prob. go with the AMD route for gaming, just because i do not wish to put an I3 thats only a dual core with a gaming rig. and i would feel uncomfortable putting an I5 in this cheap build, because the motherboad or the GPU would be bottlenecked. so here you go.


    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

    Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 (FX) AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130632

    PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-BWN1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119246

    Hard Drive: (Its really up to you since prices are high)Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

    CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Video Card: XFX HD-667X-ZWF4 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150577

    Total plus shipping is $550, You can cut corners around the ram, like 4gb instead of 8, that will save you 20 bucks, then after rebates you will have your $500 budget
  2. the_creed4 said:
    for $500 i would prob. go with the AMD route for gaming, just because i do not wish to put an I3 thats only a dual core with a gaming rig. and i would feel uncomfortable putting an I5 in this cheap build, because the motherboad or the GPU would be bottlenecked. so here you go.


    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

    Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 (FX) AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130632

    PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-BWN1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119246

    Hard Drive: (Its really up to you since prices are high)Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

    CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Video Card: XFX HD-667X-ZWF4 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150577

    Total plus shipping is $550, You can cut corners around the ram, like 4gb instead of 8, that will save you 20 bucks, then after rebates you will have your $500 budget


    I would go with the i3 2100 because it has better performance per core, it can also hyper thread to 4 threads, meaning it simulates 4 cores. Games will benefit more from the stronger cores from the i3 than the 4 weaker cores from the Athlon II x4. If you wish to go with AMD, go with either the FX-4100 (which normally is around $100 with rebates) or the AMD Phenom II x4.
  3. If you only have a $500 budget and want games to not completely suck than you should scrap your i5/i7 hopes and go with a decent dual-core(even an athlon x2, 260 or 270 if you can find one) and throw the extra money into something better than a 6670ish $100 card. Processor is not likely going to be your bottleneck in a cheaper system, so make sure you spend the money in the right places or you'll regret it later.
  4. sephmeister said:
    If you only have a $500 budget and want games to not completely suck than you should scrap your i5/i7 hopes and go with a decent dual-core(even an athlon x2, 260 or 270 if you can find one) and throw the extra money into something better than a 6670ish $100 card. Processor is not likely going to be your bottleneck in a cheaper system, so make sure you spend the money in the right places or you'll regret it later.

    The CPU may not bottleneck for now, but it's not going to last long at ALL, in fact, MW3 recommends a 3 core CPU from AMD I believe. I say he should build a balanced system with a 40 core CPU and a decent GPU
  5. http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=58339&vpn=BX80623I32100&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1130 - $114.99
    Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600093976&IsNodeId=1&name=LGA%201155&Order=PRICE - $47.99
    GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299 - $69.99
    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061 - $39.99
    NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026 - $44.99 - $10MIR
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244 - $15.99
    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161384 - $149.99 - $10MIR
    HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148419 - $19.99
    Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA160A

    Total: $503.92 - $20MIR
  6. r0aringdrag0n said:
    The CPU may not bottleneck for now, but it's not going to last long at ALL, in fact, MW3 recommends a 3 core CPU from AMD I believe. I say he should build a balanced system with a 40 core CPU and a decent GPU


    I'd like to see you try to play MW3 on an HD6670 and enjoy it at all... with a $500 budget there's no room for futureproofing... drunkducki's build is more so what I was thinking/hinting at, but I suspect the PSU is not strong enough or cutting it way too close for a 6850. If the OP had a hard cap of $500, I would recommend dropping the CPU/Mobo to a high clock athlonx2 and bumping up the PSU to either a corsair CX600 or that Seasonic 520 you mentioned would also be suitable.
  7. sephmeister said:
    I'd like to see you try to play MW3 on an HD6670 and enjoy it at all... with a $500 budget there's no room for futureproofing... drunkducki's build is more so what I was thinking/hinting at, but I suspect the PSU is not strong enough or cutting it way too close for a 6850. If the OP had a hard cap of $500, I would recommend dropping the CPU/Mobo to a high clock athlonx2 and bumping up the PSU to either a corsair CX600 or that Seasonic 520 you mentioned would also be suitable.


    You're kidding me, right? MW3 isn't even that hard to run.

    http://youtu.be/J3HdZCtJMlA

    :sarcastic:
  8. kinggraves said:
    You're kidding me, right? MW3 isn't even that hard to run.

    http://youtu.be/J3HdZCtJMlA

    :sarcastic:



    I think he meant he would like to see someone enjoy MW3 just in general :lol:

    The i3 is considered a great budget CPU for gaming. I think he could easily build
    a great i3 system for $500, and a lower end i5 system at his budget.
  9. The gpu is the most important part of a gaming pc. The more you invest on the gpu, the further you will go.

    With that said, you can get a GTX 560 ti for 200 bucks if you search a bit. That will leave 60% of your budget for the rest. It may be a bit of a stretch but I think its doable.

    To put things into perspective, a GTX 560 ti, even when paired with an Athlon ii x4 or a i3, will take you a lot further than an i5/i7 paired with a weaker card. Most pc games aren't very demanding on the cpu anyway.
  10. an i3 with an gtx 560Ti or even a Radeon 6870 will perform great at BF3 and new releases.
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