$500 Gaming PC Suggestions

Aeronnax

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Hello,

For almost the past year, I have been looking to purchase parts for a PC, and I'm on a tight budget. I can spend around $500, and seems like Black Friday is the best time to do it.

I am aiming to be able to play games at high settings with a minimum of 40-50 FPS. An i5 processor would be nice, but if an i3 would suffice, that would be great too.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $500 Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Round Lake, Illinois USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Crysis, Assassin's Creed III, Grand Theft Auto IV, Minecraft (With GPU-Intensive Shader Mods), and more.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My rig is old and obsolete.
 

cutebeans

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $382.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 23:34 EST-0500)
 

Aeronnax

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Nov 22, 2012
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Great! This looks awesome. Thank you so much. I'll wait to see if a few more suggestions roll in. Otherwise, that's a great budget system!
 

Aeronnax

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Nov 22, 2012
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Alright, thanks.

That's fine. As long as it runs Minecraft at a steady framerate I'm content.
 

cutebeans

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The board, memory, video card and power supply are all on super rebates that's why they are so dirt cheap.

It's gonna be gone if you wait. Trust me and my Silver HomeBrew Badge that this is the best that it's going to get.
 

Aeronnax

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Nov 22, 2012
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I can maybe salvage the tower and HDD, but the graphics card won't be able to run anything anymore.
 

joafu

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Do you have a micro center nearby? They had old i5-2500k for $100 this week; not sure if that's still relevant but something to consider. Also, since you stated that you don't need an OS, you can stretch a bit of your graphics budget higher. The stated graphic card sold out quickly anyway, some other considerations-

GTX 560 Ti for $150 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

Sapphire HD 7770 for $120 after rebate and shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102993

Gigabyte HD 7850 for $150 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125451