500 dollar budget gaming pc

ok so i want to build a gaming pc on a 500$ budget... im only looking to build a tower i dont need a monitor or keyboard and mouse.

Since ive started researching all the stuff for a build ive had my eye set on the i5 2500k but i cant decide on a motherboard or graphics card. i want my mobo to allow me to do upgrades but not break my budget. ad as for the graphics card i want to be able to play bf3. doenst need to be on highest setting but it should still look good with good amount of FPS...

im really looking for a mobo and graphic card but if someone is able to list out a whole build for around 500 thatd be awsome...again im not lookin for the best but decent, ill upgrade later when needed

thnks
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  1. Your not going to get a 2500K gaming machine for $500, the cpu is $220. Besides, they have been replaced with the newer Ivy Bridge cpu's, but you can still get them.

    Start here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclocking-pc-building,3273.html

    If you want build advice, fill out the new build form in the new build section of the forum.

    Basically your looking at a i3 dual core or FX-4100 quad core build.

    This is a special deal going on and would be a good place to start, but the sale won't last forever.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1064768&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL091212&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL091212-_-EMC-091212-Index-_-Combo-_-Combo1064768-LM2A
  2. need an operating system too ? what is the monitor size and resolution ?
  3. Yeah cpu and OS is $320, that leaves $180 for case, psu, motherboard, ram, optical drive and hard drive.
  4. A nice offer, CPU is a bit too strong for this GPU, still you should probably go for it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1069075

    EDIT: My mistake I meant this offer, or you will go over budget:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1068942

    Its exactly the best that you can take with 500 $
  5. will the i3 be powerful enough, i know ive seen people saying they use it but i just feel on the edge about it. or what if i bought the i3 now and upgraded to an i5 later, both of these proccesors work with the same motherboards right ??
  6. Z77 with a locked i5 is senseless. The GTX 650 is also pretty crap. I'd build around a Asus/Gigabyte B75 board and an i3 3220. i3 is powerful enough now (mostly) and you can upgrade later.
  7. The second offer taht I posted is the good one, the first is meh. i3 is a strong processor, you should not invest in a stronger one with such a budget, you should save your money for the GPU. See this,

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33928643#post33928643

    you actually want the 3rd system with some cuts off, like a cheaper GPU, smaller HDD and 4GB of memory. An example:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-hd322gju

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv4gx3m1a1333c9

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h775f1gd

    It wont be a top gaming pc, but you will run everything on medium settings and it has room for upgrade in the future (i5 3570K, HD 7870 and so on)

    EDIT: The second offer in my first post is actually a system of the same performance with 1TB HDD instead of 320GB, so if you like it you should probably hurry and buy it before it expires.
  8. Smeg45 said:
    Z77 with a locked i5 is senseless.


    Why is that?? Locked i5's still hit 4ghz with the press of a button.
  9. here, I spent $500........... can't do it with a decent Intel build. That's it. There is no money for a Video card and I can only cheapen it by YOU watching for when the opsys is $80 and going to a $40 cheaper processor.......... still not enough for a video card... will put together n AMD build next.............. still don't know what your monitor resolution is... ???

    HD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    opsys
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    mobo+mem
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1061783

    $497.95.................

    be back with AMD build.
  10. for now ill be using my tv as a monitor until i buy a real one. and the resolution 1920x1080
  11. what about this? i know its a little over budget but o well...

    http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

    give me feedback on this build, and i want to change to an i5 2500 later i dont plan on overclocking but for now ill take the i3 just so i can have a pc..any suggestions please let me know

    also does it look like ill be ok for future upgrades ??
  12. We can't see the shopping cart.
  13. sorry about that link, heres the parts...
    i3 2100
    gigabyte ga-z68ap
    gtx 550ti 1gb
    4gb of corsair vengeance ddr3 ram
    500gb wd caviar blue 7200rpm
    600w psu from rosewill
    and a coolermaster case
    ill leave links to all these parts as well but does this sound like a solid build, does anyone have anything they would change...this is already over my 500 budget

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128538
    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145343
    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182032
  14. the processor is slow, only dual core so you'll be booting yourself in the rear right off the bat. The video card is too slow and I wouldn't give Hitler that power supply.
  15. swifty_morgan said:
    the processor is slow, only dual core so you'll be booting yourself in the rear right off the bat. The video card is too slow and I wouldn't give Hitler that power supply.

    While I agree the psu is a bad choice, you are wrong about the cpu and gpu. The i3 is still a great gaming processor, slightly lacking in the few games that can utilize 4 cores. Most games are 75% or more gpu dependent anyways. His gpu is not a bad choice, but he should get the hd 7750 with a 350w antec psu. The 7750 is a few percent slower/faster depending on which game, but is a newer architecture and uses only 55w. He should be able to play most games med/high settings w/ some aa, but med in bf3 w/ no aa. The hd 7750 is only $110 on newegg. He also could go with a hd 7770, but would need a better psu than the one for the hd 7750. Either way, those would be in his budget and are a great choice. Also instead of the i3 2100, get the i3 3220 for $10-20 more.
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