Building a gaming PC for 500$ or less

Approximate Purchase Date: (sometime this month or next month)

Budget Range: (>500) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming specifically for guild wars 2 )

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing)

Country: ( USA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)??

Additional Comments: (need windows 7 preferred )

Ok here is the thing I am new to the pc gaming scene for the most part and am primarily a console gamer however guild wars 2 looks sick and I would love to play it when it comes out. Problem is all I have is a laptop that is not strong enough to run it. So what I need is a pc that will run guild wars 2 for me at decent resolution and performance I don't want to be lagging all over the place. I don't need to play it top specs though. Also I'm probably going to continue to play console primarily so this not going to be my primary platform for gaming. I don't care about over clocking or anything like that purely out of the box gaming. A plus would be to play whitcher 2 at medium but that is a secondary goal as I can play that on console. On a separate note would I be better off buying a desktop at best buy or something? I need the works mouse keyboard monitor. I would love not to have to spend 500$ and 300$ would be the sweet spot. Perhaps I am asking the impossible, but that is why I am here to submit to your wisdom gentlemen.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $479.90
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  2. Sqrl's build is pretty good, but it doesn't include a windows license, a monitor, or a keyboard. Add that and you're looking at like $800.
  3. Lol yeah my eternal dilemma I guess budget is the name of the game for me I just can't justifiably drop 800$ on a pc at this time especially since I already have a laptop. I need a job lol.
  4. Radeon HD 7750 $89.99
    Pentium G860 $89.99
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB $64.99
    ASRock H61-M-DGS LGA 1155 Motherboard $44.99
    GSkill 4 GB RAM $22.99
    NZXT Source 210 $39.99
    Corsair CX 430 V2 $19.99
    Acer 20" Monitor $99.99


    Try looking for a mouse and keyboard at a garage sale or at a local store for $5-10. Do the same for an optical drive, if necessary you can get them online for ~$17. As for an OS, ask around to see if you know anyone that might give you one, or use linux for a little bit until you get the money for Windows 7.
  5. This is pretty low end. It will play the modern games but you'll be low-med settings. It's a little over your budget but doable.

    Barebones kit:

    Win 7 64Bit OEM:

    Radeon HD 6570

    17" Refurbished Monitor:

    Total: $545.76 with a $10 rebate on the GPU if you bother. Go to walmart/best buy whatever is local to get a cheap mouse/keyboard.
  6. At that price point that is a difficult job to stay under $500. See this article by Tom's on a $500 build:,3216.html
  7. I didn't notice you needed a monitor and OS, let me try again, with an AMD build! post coming in a few
  8. Also make sure to check amazon, they sometimes have amazing deals.
  9. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.81 @ Compuvest)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer V193WEJb 19.0" Monitor ($91.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: V7 CK0M1-6N6 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($10.19 @ Amazon)
    Total: $510.55
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    shoudl have no problems gaming on the 1440x900 monitor with this build
  10. Thanks you guys have given me some great builds leave it to the masters lol
  11. Ok I decided to put this together via newegg and amazon and it is looking good, but I made a few changes so just checking on compatibility this is based off of screwysqurl's build. Also I don't need a graphics card because it comes with my CPU correct?

    optical drive
    new egg register 367.95$

    hard drive
    power supply
    amazon register 190.62$

    total 558.55$

    changed the hard drive and case is this hard drive considered a bare drive and if so what would i need and am open to smaller hard driver options or any other compatibly issues I may not know about.
  12. looks good to me
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