$500 Gaming/Editing PC Build

I am going to be in the market soon for a new pc, as I will have a little extra spending money soon, and I need an upgrade from my current pc running on XP. It has to be around $500, I can maybe go a little more if needed but still relatively close to $500. It needs a OS, but I have the rest of the peripherals. If I could get nvidia graphics in this system, then I would like to go Windows 8, but if I get AMD graphics I have to go with 7 (Its a long story to explain why, just trust me on this). I will be using it for light gaming (by light gaming I mean the game I will primarily be playing on this system get 120fps+ with a 650ti non boost), video editing, and internet surfing. I would like to go m-itx FF because 1. it is smaller, 2. it would provide more of a challenge in building it, which I like, and 3. the green prodigy case is looking really nice, especially considering that my whole setup is all based around the green/black color scheme. I fear, however, that I might not be able to do that in this price range, so I would consider going mATX or ATX and then upgrading the mobo and case to mITX later down the road. Any ideas on what to put in this system? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Not sure about the mobo sizes but perhaps the AMD APU line could fit your budget?

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Here you go http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2r4nj

That build show be perfect for the things you need, I also left $100 for Windows 7/8.

If you decide to spend all $500 either of these builds will suit you perfectly.

AMD/Windows 7 Option: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2r4At

nVidia/Windows 8 Option: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2r4E8

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2rarO How is this? Good enough for what I need it to do, and with little money. Later on I can add a nvidia card and upgrade to win 8.

I don't recommend APU builds for builds with a budget higher than $350.  The $500 builds have far better price/performance ratio and are still really upgradable.


Wouldn't the 760 be bottlenecked by that processor? I don't know about the AMD card. I haven't been keeping up on their new releases recently.

If you're doing video editing you'll want 16GB of RAM and Nvidea accelerates the video processing... I know this from video processing with a Sapphire Toxic 280x and selling it for a $60 upgrade to my current EVGA 780 Classified... I had 8GB DDR3-1333 and upgraded to 16GB DDR3-1866 among the two recent upgrades it was most noticable from the RAM on video editting but the nvidia DID make a 30 second or so difference in SMALL video files... (8MB or less) using abode suite with hardware acceleration... I haven't run it in large files but I'd assume a good scaling... in your market range for video editing I'd suggest a $900-1000 budget to get a good output...  assuming you do a lot of video editing... but yea APU build for video editing are a bad idea... i'd try something based around the 6300 cpu and 760 if you really want a decent video processing computer

I am not going to be doing a lot of video editing, and the videos will be mostly 2-3 minutes, with some exceptions. I was looking at using a 6300 in my build, but I didn't know what price point that would put me at.


Much less than that and you're getting into shitty for editing... + the OS... I'm not saying other builds can't video edit... I'm sayin this is about as cheap as you can build one specifically for it

ahh... then disregard my build... 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2rGgf Welp, I have come to my senses and have just decided to wait a little longer and get what I want. I wanted something really small, and after seeing the video of the Colugo, I have decided to base it off of that. I still wanted to keep the price sensible for what I will do with it, so I went with the fm2 chipset. The monitor setup might not come right away, but that is what I plan running this system on in the future. What do you think?

If you want to upgrade your CPU in the future get an FM2+ motherboard.  FM2 is dead and they're rolling out the FM2+ CPUs in January.

I recommend this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-fm2a88xitx or this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaf2a88xnwifi

EDIT: You also might want to consider just getting one awesome 1440p monitor this one only costs $300 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Matte-FREE-EXPRESS-X-STAR-DP2710LED-27-2560x1440-Samsung-PLS-Panel-Monitor-/330932578190?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item4d0d1e678e

You sir know nothing...  Ever heard of open CL?   No?  Thats what i thought.  Logan actually is in a pickle.  He loves using premiere,  so he needs cuda.  But he LOVES Open CL.  Thats why he switched back and forth from amd to nvidia many times in his old videos.  I love me some nvidia.  But right now, AMD is the way to go. As long as he doesent want to use premiere or any other cuda only program, hes golden with amd.