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Build a Computing Rig for around 500 dollars.

Hello, i want to build a gaming computer, for around 500 dollars i can go over but id like to keep it close to 500, i want to make it so i can upgrade it when i can. this would be my first build and i have looked over countless of builds and research, and i feel like Intel is the best choice but i'm not sure. any advice or help would be great. i wanna be-able to play skyrim, minecraft, without lag thanks :D
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  1. for those game a 500$ PC is ok but are you sure you dont have a few extra 100-200$ laying around?
  2. i wish i did :( thats why i want it able to be up gradable so when i can get the money i could do that. currently im playing them on a laptop with intel integrated graphics there playable skyrim has alot of mouse lag and mincrafts weird some-days no lag some-days lag. im not looking for perfection just better than i have
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    well for that pricepoint this is the best i could find:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $555.23

    you can buy a CPU cooler to overclock that i5 and add a second 6870 when you need it :D
  4. aqualipt said:
    well for that pricepoint this is the best i could find:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $555.23

    you can buy a CPU cooler to overclock that i5 and add a second 6870 when you need it :D


    That is impressive, but you need a case.
  5. fpoon said:
    That is impressive, but you need a case.


    Sh!t... i knew i was forgetting something!
  6. alright thanks :D
  7. right around where i want it too awesome :)
  8. Best answer selected by deluxescout.
  9. deluxescout said:
    right around where i want it too awesome :)


    Great, i am glad i helped you!
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