$500 Gaming PC?

Hey there! This will be my first PC build and I was hoping you guys could help me out with choosing the right parts. I'm leaning towards AMD over the i3 but that doesn't mean I won't take in to consideration a build using i3. Also, as this is a fairly low budget I was hoping to make the PC upgradeable so I could improve it later. 

  • Budget. How much are you willing to spend? $500
  • Where do you live (what country),  and what currency do you use? USA, American dollars
  •   -Is there a retailer you prefer? Nope
  • Do you need or already have peripherals? (this can add to costs) Nope
  • What will you be using your future computer for? Gaming? Rendering? Mix of both? Or is this a home media PC? Gaming and regular things such as surfing the internet and writing essays. 
  • Do you overclock or want to get into overclocking? Never overclocked but I'd like to try if possible
  • Do you plan on going for custom watercooling now, or in the future? Nope
  • OS. Do you need a new one? Nope
  • Do you plan on Mining BTC either for yourself or Tek Syndicate? Nope

If you Game-

  • What kind of settings do you like or what FPS do you want to play at? Hopefully above 30fps, maybe around 40-45?
  • What resolution will you be playing at? //or would like to play at. 1080p
  • What kind of games do you like to play? First person shooters and rpgs
  • What specific game will you be playing (if applicable). Bioshock, Assassin's Creed, Guns of Icarus. But I'd love to play newer games


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($138.53 @ Amazon)

Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.26 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.13 @ Newegg)

Total: $506.86

Maybe my build could help u but like the post said I´m not sure about the mobo, also u could get a better one:




So what about this build? Would it play games fairly well? 



If its possible you really really want to have an SSD. Its probobly the biggest bottleneck in PCs. Since you are working with a $500 budget I would suggest trying to find a small one on sale. 64GB is more than enough for your OS! The games, media, and other storage can be put on the HDD.

This is a great first build. And since there is a few dollars to spare- you could pick up a small SSD for your OS if you can scrounge up a few more bucks!

And yes, it should play games pretty damn well! It will definately kick XBox's ass, plus should do all you need it to. Then when you feel like you want/need more you can always sell what you have and upgrade.

Always view your parts as a rental and consider the resale value. I know I personally do pretty well that way.. It allows me to keep somewhat upto date without paying full price every couple years.

BTW peppernose, are you near a microcenter? If so you can pickup your CPU there, and save a few dollars for upgrades, gas, or tacos and burritos. 

But if not, I present an i3 option- I added a SSD because I would make room for it, but if you cant - just remove it, and your build is right back to 5-


Good Luck!

Hope you find what you want

Did a set up of my own after all mail in rebates it came in under $500 atually $475, would give room to changed out mother board, also makes it a bit easyer if you chose to spend a little extra and get an ssd.  mainly i chose the parts in this build because they are the right price.  Since it is under budget you can add an upgraded cpu cooler or use part of it for an ssd, really up to you.  http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1xYls

Yes, but the 7950 is barely more than that 7870 right now ($209.99, or $179.99 after a mail-in rebate). It's an extremely good deal and it won't likely stay that way for long, I would highly advise you to take advantage of it if you can. Like, REALLY highly. :P

The motherboard is using an old chipset. There is not any SATA III 6 gb/s ports on it. Meaning a decent ssd would be capped off at 375 megabytes per second. A decent ssd should be 550 read write. The newest chipset is the 900 series. 990fx and 970. Single channel of ram. You can get 2 x 4 and emable dual channel memory.