Looking to build a new PC for my mate who just got money, but I'm having a bit trouble finding good parts for this price range.
Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow
Budget Range: ~$500 (Give or take $15 or so)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, general use, etc.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is nice, but if there are better deals anywhere else, it's not really an issue.
Parts Preferences: Probably AMD CPU for the impressive pricing
Overclocking: If possible
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 until I save up for a new monitor in the near future
Additional Comments: I am willing to buy a hard drive off Ebay or similar sites if it's going to be a better deal
Thanks for all your help!
I have just purchased the computer. The total came out to $501.01 with tax and shipping. Here's the part list for any interested. It includes everything except a hard drive (bought one off of Craigslist for $25), monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS.
If you want something to be able to upgrade nicely it may be worth going with something like the AMD A8-3870k and using the onboard graphics for a while. Then when you have some more cash add an HD 6870 or something.
Or if you prefer to just get the best for your money now and not have to upgrade it I would go with something like an AMD Athlon II x3 and an HD 6770. You should be able to do that as this budget. Just make sure you get a decent PSU, the Corsair CX series is quite good. I'd get the CX-500 for the A8 build or the CX-430 for the Athlon build.
For gaming, yes it beats almost every AMD chip out right now.
As a dual core? That's incredible. How substantial is the performance gain to warrant me going that over the quad core? Would it still be able to stand toe-to-toe with the 960T in normal multitasking or even editing?