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Looking to build budget $500 computer

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February 6, 2013 2:28:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: Total budget 500 (including tax and shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching videos, editing videos

Are you buying a monitor: I have a monitor

Parts to Upgrade: Looking for an entire build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes I need Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference for parts

Location: I'm from the west coast of America

Parts Preferences: No parts preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:My monitor is currently 1024x768 however im setting this as my last priority to upgrade

Additional Comments: I'm just looking for a budget computer that I can upgrade in the future if need be.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well i'm building because I want a decent gaming computer. And for education purposes

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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2013 3:01:35 AM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($96.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.21 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit ($37.99)
Other: ASUS M5A78L-M LX Plus mATX AM3+ DDR3 ($54.99)
Other: Antec Basiq VP450 450W Power Supply ($30.95)
Total: $494.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Ram here :
Mobo :
February 6, 2013 3:10:40 AM

Thank you, and this is my first time building a computer so will any other materials be needed to build it? Or does everything that comes with it is all I will need?
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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2013 3:14:17 AM

It has everything you'll need, the motherboard has the sata cables(2), the cpu already has a cooler(the stock one).
You have the psu, case, mobo,os,etc.
So you won't need anything else.
February 6, 2013 3:18:07 AM

Best answer selected by zeligori.
February 6, 2013 3:19:27 AM

Thanks so much glad you responded quickly, bought a computer at walmart and returned it immediately since it couldn't play basic games at the lowest settings. Never buying a walmart computer again but once again thanks so much, best answer to you
February 6, 2013 4:16:55 AM

I have a question. I'm looking at the processor and it appears to be sold out on the first site, and not available on the second site, and I can't find it anywhere online so is there anything it can be swapped with (or if you can post me a link to a site that has it)
February 6, 2013 4:30:49 AM

Alright thanks so much again