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Need help building a budget gaming PC ($500)

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March 14, 2013 11:57:21 AM

I'm new with the building aspect of PCs and I am in need of any assistance that I can get. First off, I have some idea of what I want for my budget gaming PC, but I'm not 100% sure if the hardware is the best bang for my budget ($500). Here is what I had planned on buying:

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($50):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A10-5800K Trinity + ASUS F2A55-M ($174)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 ($60):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA ($75):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-236-...

CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 ($73):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($45):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DVD Burner ($20):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is about $497, maybe more or less because of shipping and rebates.

The games that I play are TERA, CSGO, and D3. I'm not really picky on having them on high settings, but I don't want to freeze/chop/lag in any of them. I would also like to have the desktop/components last for awhile, so I'm not sure if any of the hardware is shoddy in quality.

Is this an ok build for my $500 budget? If not, do you have any suggestions? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time and help!
March 14, 2013 5:26:10 PM

Don't waste your money on a water-cooler for such a tightly budgeted rig.

Without the watercooler (+$73) you can probably fit a dedicated graphics solution into your build, which would really boost your gaming performance.

This would be what I would go for in place of the APU Combo:
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can save some money by buying slower ram, you might even be able to afford a 7850, which would send your gaming performance through the roof.

M
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