500-600$ Gaming desktop build suggestions


Nov 29, 2012
Well i will be receiving 500-600 dollars after my garage sale and i need help from you awesome people :hello:

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time late December/Early January

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording/Streaming world of warcraft

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (kind of the only site i know to trust)

Country: united states

Parts Preferences: I'm on a budget but would prefer cheap cost but something that wont need to be upgraded in a year or two

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, I'll stick to one card for now though.

Monitor Resolution: Not entirely sure yet but right now ive got a 17" laptop screen im pretty used to and its at 1600x900

Additional Comments: Nothing fancy, just need to be functional for my needs also i might plug in an additional monitor but that shouldnt tax it too much right?

Thanks! :) :D


Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.66 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($126.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $616.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 12:53 EST-0500)


Nov 29, 2012

Wow very thorough and just a couple questions, 6 cores?? that seems a tad bit overkill to me :S and im not too mobo savvy but why does this one have PS/2 ports? Im not complaining because ive got a couple PS/2 keyboards that i love.

also that Sapphire video card is discontinued on newegg
And how do you think it will run world of warcraft (my main game) on high settings while recording via Fraps/xsplit and streaming via xsplit?
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $139.99
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $89.99 -$25 MIR
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $24.99 after promo code
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $69.99
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB $219.99 - $10MIR
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99 - $20 MIR
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W $49.99 after $10 off promo code - $20 MIR
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG DVD Burner $15.99

Subtotal: $660.92
Minus MIRs $75
TOTAL after MIR: 585.92

Here is a quick link for video card performance in WOW for your price range:

I do everything in my power to squeeze in a GTX660 so you get the best graphics performance. The components listed are all good they just are strategically selected to take full advantage of instant savings, free shipping, and MIR's.

PS, a lot of retail motherboards have one or two PS/2 ports. I think they drop them in OEM systems to simply cut costs.
More or less. I usually purchase everything from Newegg unless there is a real compelling reason not to. They give me far less hassle returning things than anyone else. I've always been able to call and get a free return shipping label. I also don't really go by that pcpartspicker site because it sometimes includes the MIR in the final price, sometimes it does not, and sometimes it says it has free shipping and it really doesn't. Just add the stuff you a Newegg shopping cards and enter the promo codes.
The biggest difference is the video card. The GTX660 will completely out perform the 7770. My build is based off a lot of good deals that would otherwise make it much more expensive. G's PSU is a better quality even though it's 430w vs 500w. The CPU is the same and motherboard chipset is the same. The memory speed is the same. They are just different brands.


Oct 27, 2012
Part list
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: EVGA 120-SB-E672-KR Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Logisys 575W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.65 @ Compuvest)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $662.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Much better than the previous ones posted. It's a bit over your budget, but it's worth it. It is highly upgradable by Crossfiring the Radeon 7870. This build will easily be able to max out any game out there.

Now, but there are always deals on the Newegg. You just have to spot them and be a little lucky as well. They just happen to have more deals around the holidays. My coworker build an i5 system with Intel SSD and got something like $150 off after codes, rebates, and instant savings. You just have to be a little flexible with parts when working with a budget. I would just get a general idea and when you are ready check back and do some homework. In a month the prices will all shift and there will be new deals.


Nov 28, 2012

Is there a point in recommending i5 2500K if he's not going to OC anyway? isn't it better to go for i5 3470? a bit better stock performance, less power drawn, less heat and 10$ pocketed. Just pair it with this mobo:
MSI B75MA-E33 which is 60$ and you're good to go.
Also are you sure about the PSU you mentioned? It seems like a no-name crap PSU to me. Wouldn't touch that with a remotely controlled stick. Besides for Core 1000 case to work (airflow!) you really need a modulair PSU (there is no space there to hide unused cables).

Just my few cents!
P.S. don't buy crappy 30$ PSU's that state more than 400W!


Nov 28, 2012
So back to the PSU thing... Rosewill Hive 550W goeas for 66$ on NewEgg and is a reasonable choice.

Reconsider the GPU aswell since 7870 might be an overkill for anything below 1080p in ultra details.

GV-R785OC-2GD goes for 190$ and is a good option.

Good luck with your build!

P.S. Again, don't buy crappy PSU's! You'll never know when they'll kill your PC. In best case scenario they'll be highly in-efficcient and may shorten the life of your components. Cheers!

+1 to this comment. If there is one single component you do not want to cheap out completely on is your PSU. The cheap ones do not have the power protection and protection circuits that the better built ones do. Just look for good deals on good PSU's.

I also agree with the non-K i5 suggestions. I put my build together based on the budget. If you go maybe $100 or so over you could get an i5 over the AMD FX-6300 I recommended. I'd still stick with a GTX660, or the 7870 is also a good choice since they perform very similar to each other. If you are a gamer you want the best bang for the buck. Not all games really take advantage of a powerful CPU, but the ALL take advantage of a powerful GPU.