$500 gaming pc advice

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime

Budget Range: Less than $500 before rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Casual gaming (TF2, Minecraft, HL2, Portal 2, GMod, CS:S, etc.)
Surfing the web
Light video editing/rendering

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe a little

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but not likely.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: none
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  1. This build is rather short sighted; in that it will provide good performance as is, but it doesn't have much room for upgrades:

    Antec Gaming Series One:

    Intel i3-2120:

    WD 500GB Sata III HDD:

    Samsung DVD Drive:

    G.Skill Value 2 X 4GB Ram:

    ASRock H61 (This is where the cutbacks began):

    Antec Basiq:

    Sapphire 7750:

    Total after coupons: $507.41

    If you can wait on a rebate, I highly recommend going with the CX430 over the Antec Basiq.
    The CX430 is more expensive, but the rebate drops it to about the same price.
    I highly recommend waiting on a few more deals though as you can save a lot of money
    over this current parts list.
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