Please help me - $500 gaming PC

I want to build a good gaming PC for under $500.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week is preffered

Budget Range: less than $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Everything else

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:Either AMD or intel would work as long as it fits price

Overclocking: No, its my first build and im not experienced enough

SLI or Crossfire: Again i dont know how so probably not

Monitor Resolution: I dont really know but it doesnt matter

Additional Comments: OS needs to be included into the overall under $500 budget and i want this computer to be able to play battlefield 3. It doesnt have to play it on high settings i just want it to play smoothly without lag or frame drops.
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  1. GIGABYTE GZ-F5HEB Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233073

    Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    Intel Core i3-2100 Desktop Processor + LG Supermulti 22x DVD Burner - 132.98 (15.00 off promo code on processor ends 2/20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.822291

    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - 22.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    HIS H667F1GD Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity - 89.99 (79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161375

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 89.99 (10.00 off promo code ends 2/20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 68.99
    http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-oem-branded.html

    TOTAL = 494.92 (after 25.00 in promo codes, shipping and MIR not included)
  2. Wow thanks man this stuff seems great.

    Do you think it would be a good idea to hold off on getting the griphics card for now and getting a little bit better ram, and then buying the graphics card in a couple weeks when i have the money for it.

    Also if i were to get a different case would that change anything or are the dimensions usually around the same.
  3. Case dimensions will be similar but will vary by case. I just chose that one for budget reasons.

    That ram will work just fine. I am running it currently in my home office PC and it works great.

    You can hold off on the vid card if you feel it is best in your budget.
  4. Alright man thanks i was just worried because ive seen in some places that people are saying games wont work very well on 4gb of ram but i guess it would work if i was only running one program at a time.

    I see that the motherboard does not come with onboard video on it. Does that mean that i wont be able to display anything if i didnt get a seperate video card?
  5. Pezcore27 said:
    GIGABYTE GZ-F5HEB Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233073

    Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    Intel Core i3-2100 Desktop Processor + LG Supermulti 22x DVD Burner - 132.98 (15.00 off promo code on processor ends 2/20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.822291

    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - 22.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    HIS H667F1GD Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity - 89.99 (79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161375

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 89.99 (10.00 off promo code ends 2/20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 68.99
    http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-oem-branded.html

    TOTAL = 494.92 (after 25.00 in promo codes, shipping and MIR not included)


    With a h61 motherboard I would go with a single 4 gb instead of 2 * 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310

    and if your trying to go for gaming you can get this cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397 and this gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353 .

    You can use the integrated graphics with the h61. The 6850 is the minimum if you want decent gaming.
  6. TFitch said:
    Alright man thanks i was just worried because ive seen in some places that people are saying games wont work very well on 4gb of ram but i guess it would work if i was only running one program at a time.

    I see that the motherboard does not come with onboard video on it. Does that mean that i wont be able to display anything if i didnt get a seperate video card?

    i3 has integrated graphics, and 4gb will be fine in most situations.
    personally i'd wait b4 getting a graphics card since the 6670 really isn't all that great of a card (you're greatly restricted by your need of win 7)
  7. Quote:
    With a h61 motherboard I would go with a single 4 gb instead of 2 * 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310

    The H61 board supports dual Channel, so buying the RAM in pairs will yield a better memory performance.

    The onboard graphics are integrated in the processor. The board does have vga and dvi connections to access the onboard graphics.
  8. Pezcore27 said:
    The H61 board supports dual Channel, so buying the RAM in pairs will yield a better memory performance.

    The onboard graphics are integrated in the processor. The board does have vga and dvi connections to access the onboard graphics.


    I agree but if he goes for 1 4gb stick he has an option to upgrade to 8gb in the future and have dual-channel as well.
  9. For a budget build this tight, he probably wont need more than 4GB of ram for a while. By then, the OP might want to upgrade more than just the ram.

    Also it will depend on what the OP is playing and what resolution he is using for the vid card. If the OP is using a smaller resolution such as 1400x900 than the 6670 will work just fine.
  10. Pezcore27 said:
    For a budget build this tight, he probably wont need more than 4GB of ram for a while. By then, the OP might want to upgrade more than just the ram


    There isn't any real upgrade path with the H61 except for ram if you get 4gb. :D
  11. I ment upgrade as in new computer. :)

    EDIT:

    Here, spend another $10 and get a better video card.

    SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 99.99 (before $10 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102940

    Bring TOTAL = 504.92 (after 25.00 in promo codes, shipping and MIR not included)

    I think the $5 over budget is worth it. :)
  12. This is my suggestion it should run bf3 fine on ultra and even bf4 but on medium settings. Gpu - xfx core edition r7850 $170 amazon. Mobo - m5a78l-m lx plus am3+ $51.88 amazon. Ram - crucial ballistix sport 8gb ddr3 sdram 1600 $69.99 newegg. Case - Diypc solar-m1-g black secc atx mid tower $39.99 newegg. Cpu - amd fx 8320 8 core black edition $129.99 amazon. Hard drive disk - western digital wd av-gp 500gb hard bare drive $59.99. (This had gone $21 or the budget) and finally psu - evga 500 b 80 plus bronze certified 500w power supply $49.99 newegg. This will make the overall cost a bit more than your disired $500 but will come in great use of what you need to accomplish. This will cost you $571 and will be much more surpirior than these other builds these people are reccommending if better yet, save up to $700 and pay for a pc that will be an absolute tank for further years to come, but if you have the $571 buy this build. I hope i have helped you.
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