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Looking to build a PC for around $500

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January 3, 2013 3:47:50 PM

I want to get a computer for moderate gaming for around $500, but I have no idea what parts to get to make it balanced between processer and graphics card. Can someone help me out and set me up with a pc parts list?

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January 3, 2013 4:12:15 PM

hello... you are on Tomshardware website... they have articles on the subject... they do this all the time... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclock...

This website is always building new PC's.

The above suggested will have a PassMark of CPU 6679 Video 2060

You could take about $80 off of that if you do a I3-2120 dual core CPU PassMark 3983
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January 3, 2013 4:13:03 PM

^ +1 for well balanced build
but i would go with micro atx case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $558.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 13:12 EST-0500)
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January 3, 2013 4:16:30 PM

This will be solid at 1080p (medium->high->very high). Probably not ultra

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115090
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RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4Gb (2x2GB) 166MHz - $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148517
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Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130639
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HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB - $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136769
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Video Card: Powercolor AX7850 1GB - $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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PSU: Antec VP-450 - $38.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371045
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Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel - $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147023
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Subtotal: $499.93(i3-2105)
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January 3, 2013 4:34:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Total: $516.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 13:34 EST-0500)

Pretty insane for the value. ^
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