Gaming build for my bro, $500-ish

Hello everyone!

I am currently building a new gaming computer for my brother for his birthday. I hope to keep it under $500 if I can, I will go slightly over if needed. I already have something started, but I would love your advice on making it better if at all possible! Here are the specs. I already have 8 GB of Kingston HyperX ram from an old system, so the RAM is covered. Thanks guys! 

He'll only use it for some gaming, nothing like adobe programs. Doom 3, RAGE, some new games that are coming out, so nothing too crazy at 1920x1080. 

PCPartPicker part list:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC) 
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US) 
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US) 
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC) 
Total: $461.90

Here ya go...

I was able to tweak some things.  I got a 1TB drive in there for the same price as the 500GB drive you originally had. I changed the HD 7850 out for a better brand.  It also goes well with the color scheme....BLACK! xD

I was also able to squeeze in a better motherboard and a bit cheaper optical drive.

This rig will handle your brother's needs just fine.  Good luck!

Wow, good thing I posted here, thanks so much! I was a little cautious of the MOBO because it was only $50, so I am really glad that you were able to fit that in. Thanks again! :D 

No problem.  Just keep in mind that you'll need to purchase these parts from the location listed on pcpartpicker in order to get it for $500.  It may be a few dollars more, so be careful with that.

This rig has the new A10-6800K APU. Whats nice about this one is you get great performance right out of the gate, with the option to add in a second graphics card in Crossfire with the built in GPU. Plus this rig has 2tb of storage space and 8gbs of 1600mhz RAM. The hard drive doesn't come with a SATA cable though, so you'll have to add in one. BE advised that this is a bare bones rig. No fancy CD burner or the like. YOu get all you need to have a running computer and thats it, but for $500 you can't go wrong

Dude spend the extra $30 and get the 7950.


If you can afford to spend a little more, an HD 7950 would be an excellent buy.  It comes with 3 free games as well.  Definitely worth every penny.

$560 insane build-