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January 16, 2013 10:09:13 PM

Hello, Im looking to build myself a Desktop Computer capable of playing Games.
HEre are some games I tend to float back and fourth from.

SWTOR
WarZ
WoW
EVE
Minecraft

Im Looking to build a rig for around $500
I DO NOT NEED A...
Keyboard
Mouse
Monitor

So $500 on The Tower itself, Hopefully If its possibly I would like to put as much money into the graphics capabilities so i can run things on high. And probably upgrade the memory later. I took A Hardware class in High School so putting the rig together is rather easy for me, but I have yet to understand all the specs of all the components that need to match each other right. I have the concept but im sure some here is alot better than I am. So that's why im asking for help.
I appreciate all the help, I love this site and the community it never fails =)
Oh and I will need a copy of Windows.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 10:22:52 PM

It's pretty hard to do a 500$ decent pc with the os included :


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: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $500.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I recommend spending more if you can and get this card : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785azdf4

You can also lower the ram for 4GB if you need to cheap out on some part, but it's best to have 8GB : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv4gx3m2a1...

You could also cheap out on the case(it's not recommended) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 10:35:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

pardon me for being lazy and just posting a saved build that is a bit above your budget; its a tight one.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Base Total: $604.90
Combo Discounts: -$9.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Shipping: $9.55
Total: $580.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 19:28 EST-0500)

the CX 500 and the 7770 is a combo deal; not that great of a deal but the CX 500 is enough to upgrade towards any cpu and graphics card except some 7970s.

the Z75 motherboard allows you to upgrade and overclock a i5-3570K cpu later if you choose to do so. now you could get a bit cheaper cpu and motherboard but the ~$40 difference isn't that much for upgrading to a 7850 2gb card . . now that 650ti i just saw in djangoringo suggestions does look pretty attractive . . hhmmmmm.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 10:45:36 PM

^ +1 internets, sir djangoringo.

The only thing I'd change about that is, well... something illegal to get another $100 budget. :p 
January 16, 2013 11:40:46 PM

djangoringo said:
It's pretty hard to do a 500$ decent pc with the os included :


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: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $500.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I recommend spending more if you can and get this card : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785azdf4

You can also lower the ram for 4GB if you need to cheap out on some part, but it's best to have 8GB : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv4gx3m2a1...

You could also cheap out on the case(it's not recommended) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You Definantly hit the $500 on the nose. Say I had an extra $100 what would you recommend upgrading. with the extra $100.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 11:50:49 PM

Something like this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $589.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 11:54:37 PM

michigan_man said:
You Definantly hit the $500 on the nose. Say I had an extra $100 what would you recommend upgrading. with the extra $100.


If you can go a bit over $600, this is what i would reccomend. If you cant, swap out the graphics card for this one - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx777aznf4

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZqk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZqk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZqk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $642.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 20:54 EST-0500)
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