$500 Gaming PC

Hey guys this is my first post on this site. I am going to build my own pc and I only have a $500 budget. I hope to have at least a intel i3 processor. Everything else I am not sure about. I want the best performance for the money. I know my budget is low but I am just hoping to run skyrim and battlefield 3 at minimal settings. Besides the processor do you have any suggestions on what pieces are the best for the money? I am hoping spend $500 for everything EXCLUDING MONITOR (os, keyboard, mouse). Any suggestions?
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  1. kinda hard to build i3 pc for those games in that budget
    here have a look at it tomshardware proposed 500$ build http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,3364.html
    and here's what will run those games decently http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xrqY
  2. for a budget build should i stick with a AMD? or a intel not in the i series?
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.08 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $496.77
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 17:49 EST-0500)

    LGA 1155 Pentium G860 is Toms best rated gaming CPU under $100. Its an i3 without hyperthreading (doesn't benefit much in games).
  4. ^^blake put together a pretty solid build for you. If you're worried about that Pentium G860 don't be, it's an absolute workhorse. Although it's only a dual core and lacks hyperthreading, you can game with no problem with it. It's by far the best processor under $100.
  5. kassuba39 said:
    ^^blake put together a pretty solid build for you. If you're worried about that Pentium G860 don't be, it's an absolute workhorse. Although it's only a dual core and lacks hyperthreading, you can game with no problem with it. It's by far the best processor under $100.

    Welcome, my fellow Pentium owner! :P
  6. will the pentium cpu be able to support skyrim or bf3 on minimum settings?
  7. and will the video card be able to support dual monitors? (not neccisary just wondering)
  8. You should be able to play skyrim and BF3 on high settings.
  9. the build you put together doesnt include a case? do you have any suggestions?
  10. dioriod said:
    the build you put together doesnt include a case? do you have any suggestions?

    cases are really you own preference. Do you have a range you want to spend on the case? If not there are so many possibilities

    Here is a good case for the money.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066


    Heres a cheaper one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023
  11. Would a AMD processor out perform the pentium?
  12. dioriod said:
    Would a AMD processor out perform the pentium?

    not for the same price as the g860. the g860 is surprisingly good at gaming for the money, despite only being dual core it has higher instructions per core than any similarly priced amd cpu.
  13. is there a cheaper video card alternative?
  14. im looking for cheaper video card! any suggestions?
  15. Not if you wanna play those games on high settings lol. My 7770 can play them at high, but at around 30 fps. You aren't gonna be very competitive in bf3 at 30 fps lol.
  16. what about a sapphire radeon hd 6670 1gb? would that be okay?
  17. this may be a noob question but what if i was to buy a cpu with integrated graphics? would that be good enough so i didn't need a graphics card?
  18. Hi, if you want to game at 1080p resolution, do not get anything lower than a 7850.
    Just get what blake1243 listed, that 6670 is no good for gaming, if you must lower the card, get the 7750 or 7770, but only if you have to or you can play at 720p without complains of the resolution.
  19. a 6670 is good for playing bf3 at 800x600 on low at 5fps lol
  20. why do you want a cheaper gpu? the gpu should be the most expensive piece in the pc if you are gaming. if you must, drop to a 7770, but you should really get the 7850.
  21. Just mentioning, if you're trying to get a cheaper GPU to afford an i3, don't. The only difference between the Pentium and the i3 is that the i3 has hyperthreading. Games don't use hyperthreading, so the Pentium is by FAR the way to go.

    As for the GPU, no, for what you're asking, a cheaper GPU or integrated graphics won't do anything worthwhile. The 6670 can barely stream HD movies.
  22. thanks for the advice! im looking for ram 2x4gb that is from newegg or amazon. the one blake chose was not from the stores im looking to buy from.
  23. If you are interested, I built this "Console Killer class" PC for $500 meant to kill off consoles (I mean beat them up ;) Should give excellent performance for it's extremely limited price. It mostly was made to show that the Xbox $500 price tag is too much and will lose out to PCs.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Weak1ings/saved/3bOT
    I have not built it but it should perform well enough to run everything on high.
  24. Do not get a 6670!!! Its the GPU im using right now. It cant play crap for crap!!!
  25. Hey, for those who need a good reference for best GPUs of each price range ($30-$150) this index created by me (with some help) will help guide everyone.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1936111/100-gpus-december-2013.html
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