I am looking to build a gaming PC for $500

Hi, I am looking to build a gaming pc for $500, but I can max out at $600 if need be. I want to be able to run most games on medium to high graphics [Pretty I will not be able too with this budget].

Processor: I want it Intel and at least Quad-core.
RAM: At least 6gb.
GPU: I already own a Radeon HD 6770 so do not include it in the build.
PSU: I currently have a LEPA N500 500w psu that I would put in the new build.
Motherboard: Preferably not micro-ATX, just for upgrade concerns.
Optical Drive: This really does not concern me.
Storage: HDD with atleast 500gb of storage.
Case: Reliable, sturdy, and cheap full-ATX.


I thank you in advance for replying and helping put together my [first] build. Farrendil.
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  1. [Pretty sure*** I will.....] CORRECTION
  2. do you need Windows?
  3. Oh I forgot to include that I want Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Thanks.
  4. ok

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    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)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Total: $502.57
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  5. Is it possible to get all of these parts for the same [or close] price from the same seller? It is not that much of a problem but it might be a bit costly to pay for all the shipping.
  6. Don't mind that last reply, can you find a case at newegg that is very close in price and specs to the one you listed?
  7. this will fit everything, and is on sale right now:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112
  8. What kind of cables will I need to put this together? I noticed the HDD and the Optical drive are OEM and/or Bare, and I will need SATA data cables to build everything.
  9. motherboard will comes with 2-4 SATA cables
  10. Farrendil said:
    Hi, I am looking to build a gaming pc for $500, but I can max out at $600 if need be. I want to be able to run most games on medium to high graphics [Pretty I will not be able too with this budget].

    Processor: I want it Intel and at least Quad-core.
    RAM: At least 6gb.
    GPU: I already own a Radeon HD 6770 so do not include it in the build.
    PSU: I currently have a LEPA N500 500w psu that I would put in the new build.
    Motherboard: Preferably not micro-ATX, just for upgrade concerns.
    Optical Drive: This really does not concern me.
    Storage: HDD with atleast 500gb of storage.
    Case: Reliable, sturdy, and cheap full-ATX.


    I thank you in advance for replying and helping put together my [first] build. Farrendil.



    Hi with a Radeon 6770 for a GPU, there is just no way you can run most games at medium to high graphics. In fact, it will be a miracle if you can run all new games even at low settings and acceptable framerates or a stable / playable state at all.

    You will be able to run the old games though, the ones from around the time when that GPU came out, but not new ones.

    That said, here you go, for $433.64
    CPU http://pcpartpicker.com/product/xwhj4D/intel-cpu-bx80662i56500
    mobo http://pcpartpicker.com/product/xLPzK8/asrock-motherboard-z170ax131
    RAM http://pcpartpicker.com/product/bf98TW/gskill-memory-f42666c15d16gvr
    HDD http://pcpartpicker.com/product/JQW9TW/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd7500aalx

    Now, if you want a cheap GPU I would go with Radeon RX 480 with 8 GB of VRAM in it, will get you far more bang for the buck in the long run then any of the 3-4-6 GB cards.

    If you want an SSD or 2, which will equal 500 GB+ in storage, then the price of your system will not stay below $500 or you'll end up with other really crappy parts which will need to be upgraded very soon.

    Just FYI, Windows 10 OS is now tied to mobo. So, in fact, I would invest and get a better mobo then the one I listed, but this one does have z170 chipset, USB 3.xx and is from a somewhat reliable brand. Despite what MS provided, that doesnt always work and there are many people around that had to pay for windows again after replacing the mobo. So beware of that. Dont stick yourself with a bad one, it will cause you double the problems and cost more money down the line a bit.

    Also, you may want to get or update your PSU.

    Otherwise, here are GPUs http://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#c=370&sort=a8&r=8192
    and here are SSDs http://pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#t=0&sort=a10&page=1

    this stuff you can add onto what you got so far if you do decide to go up to $600 or higher.

    This also doesnt include OS.
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