~$500 Budget Gaming PC Build?

Hey everyone, been thinking of building my first gaming PC.
Hope to keep it at around $500 but I can push it a bit.
Would like a build that can last me at least 3 - 4 years.
I have an ASUS laptop right now that does very well when it comes to general web surfing and a little gaming but not enough for BF3.

^I found this while looking around the forum and thought it is close to something I had in mind.


Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of Sept 2012.

Budget Range: ~$500, can push it to $600 if you can convince me. :)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, general web surfing, videos.

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe. I already own a 24" but another one would be nice.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything. I got a 120gb 7200rpm 2.5" hdd and a 2TB external I would like to use.

Do you need to buy OS: Got Win 7 64x already.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com, Tigerdirect.com, Newegg.com

Location: Chico, California

Parts Preferences: Was leaning towards AMD/ATI since they're cheaper in price but I'm fine with Intel and Nvidia too.

Overclocking: Depending on what I get, but probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: Depending on the mobo, but probably not.

Your Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is 1920 x 1080. Will probably buy another 1920 x 1080 soon too.

Additional Comments: Just got BF3 and would like to play it at 1080p on high settings at least. Minecraft, TF2, L4D1/2, Diablo 3, and GW2 eventually. I also plan to use Solidworks from time to time.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My little laptop isn't for gaming.

With that said, here's what I was thinking my build would be but not sure what to pick.

CPU: FX-2100 / PII X4 965 BE / i3-2120 / or?....(Which one?)

GPU: AMD 6850 / Nvidia 560 / or?...................(Which one?)

Mobo: Not sure?

RAM: Cheapest RAM I can find for 2x 4gb

System Storage: A cheap SSD for OS

Storage: My 120gb 2.5" hdd + 2TB hdd

Optical: Don't need one.

Case: Decent mid size one.

PSU: No idea, friends tell me to not skip out PSU though.
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  1. ok, well because you said probably not overclocking/sli ill get you a good build coming right up :D

  2. if you want overclocking then go with 965BE because it will give you slightly better multitasking performance in the comparison of 2120 but in gaming intel i3 2120 will give you better gaming performance . It performs better in games than the 965 in games even after the 965 is overclocked.but if you effort $200 for a cpu ten you will get intel i5 2500k.THE i5 DESTROYS anything AMD currently has to offer in both gaming and general use.
  3. Thanks for input. Guess I'll be going with the i3. Quick question though, is it okay to go for a cheaper mobo? What if I used a micro ATX size mobo instead?
  4. their is no problem with micro atx mobo.go with a Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 or ASUS P8Z68-V LX Intel Motherboard LGA 1155 Z68 SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 ATX Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 because they are best match for your cpu.
  5. Thanks for the info. Here's what I got so far:


    What do you guys think?

    It says the RAM is not compatible with the mobo I chose. Can anyone verify this? Seems like it should be fine.
  6. Hey buddy, check out my signature builds, i am sure you will find what you need there :)

    Btw... its simply impossible to make a PC TODAY that will be good enough in 3 Years... specially in this kind of budget.
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