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Best gaming PC build for under $500

I need to get an affordable gaming computer for around $500. I just want to be able to run games such as DayZ, Rust, and Battlefield 4.
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  1. Do you need an OS?
  2. lucasz said:
    Do you need an OS?

    Yeah, I was going to use either Windows 7 or 8. I haven't decided yet, but that won't be included in the $500.
  3. Could you bump up the price to $550?
  4. lucasz said:
    Could you bump up the price to $550?


    Yeah. Just can't go too high.
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $494.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:45 EST-0500)
  6. At $550 go FX-6300:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $553.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:47 EST-0500)
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.96 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $550.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:46 EST-0500)
  8. filippi said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $494.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:45 EST-0500)
  9. You guys are badass! Sweet exactly what i was looking for
  10. jakl12123 said:
    lucasz said:
    Do you need an OS?

    Yeah, I was going to use either Windows 7 or 8. I haven't decided yet, but that won't be included in the $500.
    .

    Is it a gaming computer I can buy by u before Christmas
  11. Please don't :)
    Things change in this business. Here a good $500 gaming build right now :D


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $494.83
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-22 17:20 EDT-0400

    Before Christmas who knows ? I just know will be a different one.
  12. I believe my system is adequate. Without Windows 7, it is only $527 AUD.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/8Tz623
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/8Tz623/by_merchant/

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.00)
    Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($75.00 @ Centre Com)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.00)
    Power Supply: Corsair VS 350W ATX Power Supply ($45.00 @ CPL Online)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ CPL Online)
    Total: $527.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-09 13:33 EST+1000

    It can play Battlefield 4 at 48FPS on High settings at 1080p.
  13. Mr_StarDelta57 said:
    I believe my system is adequate. Without Windows 7, it is only $527 AUD.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/8Tz623
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/8Tz623/by_merchant/

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.00)
    Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($75.00 @ Centre Com)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.00 @ CPL Online)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.00 @ Centre Com)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.00)
    Power Supply: Corsair VS 350W ATX Power Supply ($45.00 @ CPL Online)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.00 @ CPL Online)
    Total: $527.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-09 13:33 EST+1000

    It can play Battlefield 4 at 48FPS on High settings at 1080p.


    Hi all, now this is what I am looking for in building a computer that can run BF4 on high settings @ 1080p. Under the same condition, will i be able to upgrade the processor in the future? I know i read some where that AM3+ is a dead socket. I see that this is a FM2. What will be the next level processor upgrade? And what other upgrades will be necessary along with it?
    (1st time building a computer)

    Thank you

    -Allan
  14. Hey dude... One of my friends took this build:
    http://austinnotduncan.com/builds/photon/
    and replaced the graphics card with this one
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDG3IDO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    Now he is able to max out bf4 in 1040p with stable 40-45fps...
    If you buy all the parts from amazon the build will cost you 530-535$
    Hope this helped..:)
  15. nikos26 said:
    Hey dude... One of my friends took this build:
    http://austinnotduncan.com/builds/photon/
    and replaced the graphics card with this one
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDG3IDO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    Now he is able to max out bf4 in 1040p with stable 40-45fps...
    If you buy all the parts from amazon the build will cost you 530-535$
    Hope this helped..:)



    What's 1040p???? Some new hybrid resolution??
  16. Mr_StarDelta57 said:
    nikos26 said:
    Hey dude... One of my friends took this build:
    http://austinnotduncan.com/builds/photon/
    and replaced the graphics card with this one
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDG3IDO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    Now he is able to max out bf4 in 1040p with stable 40-45fps...
    If you buy all the parts from amazon the build will cost you 530-535$
    Hope this helped..:)



    What's 1040p???? Some new hybrid resolution??


    I think he meant 1080p, but I might be wrong.
  17. yep thanks for realizing that :P
  18. nikos26 said:
    Hey dude... One of my friends took this build:
    http://austinnotduncan.com/builds/photon/
    and replaced the graphics card with this one
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDG3IDO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    Now he is able to max out bf4 in 1040p with stable 40-45fps...
    If you buy all the parts from amazon the build will cost you 530-535$
    Hope this helped..:)



    Hey thanks for the build and suggestion.
    I appreciate it.
    I'm planning on building this computer sometime around Black Friday.
    Any other upgrades or build I should consider/look into?
  19. Glad i helped =D
    I think 760k is kinda outdated... You could replace it with the new 860k for 16$ more..
    Good luck !
  20. Get a Fx 6300 & a gtx 760 :) 300fps in minecraft
  21. I am doing a PC build for $500 as well and I have already considered my specs
    (price is in pounds because i'm english, also this price includes the OS)

    AMD FX-6300 £89
    EVGA/Asus GTX-750ti £99
    I don't know the exact spec for the Motherboard, just as long that it has an AM3 socket, it will be fine!
    8gb (1x8gb) kingston ram £27
    1tb WD blue HDD £40
    Corsair VS450 £35
    CiT F3 red case £24

    This is the best spec for a PC for this price
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