Switching to PC for $500

Hey Logan and Wendell,

I have been an avid console gamer for some time now. Just recently, I've decided to switch over to PC gaming. Problem is, there are just way to many options. So, can you help me pick out some parts for a gaming machine? I want to keep it as close to $500 as possible.

I want it to be a Micro-ATX form-factor, and have a monster CPU and GPU. 




thats over your budget, but that might be able to give you an idea.

you can of course reduce the ram speed and maybe go cheaper on the mobo. the 6 cores and the 7870 though is really beefy. max settings on any game 


I didn't know whether you required an operating system. So this is just parts at $510-520.

It's ready for an upgrade to a GTX 760, whenever you can afford a GPU of tha caliber. It has potential.



Thanks guys. 

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard - $69

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - $95


GPU: SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - $115

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $39

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $70

Case: NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black Mid Tower Computer Case - $30

HDD: Western Digital WD Black 500GB - $75

TOTAL: $493

Maybe something like this? I feel like I've forgotten something but I can't remember what, curse sleep depravation.


[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1td44) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1td44/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1td44/benchmarks/)

**CPU** | [AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad750kwohjbox) | $79.99 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaf2a55mhd2) | $43.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m2a1333c9) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd7500bpvt) | $59.98 @ Outlet PC
**Video Card** | [MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78502gd5oc) | $152.98 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc912kkn1) | $47.99 @ Microcenter
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500m) | $49.99 @ Microcenter
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $494.91
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-17 23:34 EDT-0400 |

Way over budget

Not Micro-ATX

990motherboard not necessary for a 6350