$500ish first build. buying this week. help wanted/needed


Dec 27, 2012
This pc is going to be mostly mmorpg gaming(GW2, WoW, TESO, PoE) and I'm just wanting a solid rig nothing that runs everything on max/ultra and no OC/sli for now. I would like to keep the tower or something similar eg Source 210, maybe GAMMA.

Here's what I've got so far(also purchasing monitor 1600x900 but not included in link) - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vIZU (USING NEWEGG MOSTLY)

I'm really looking for advice on the motherboard. For some reason I have my doubts about the ASRock.
Feel free to comment and put your 2 cents in. If you can save me some money or recommend something within the price range that performs better, it's much appreciated.

Thank you for reading and if any info is missing just ask


Dec 27, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: this week. by 1/10/12

Budget Range: $500-530 I'd like to stay away from mail in rebates as much as possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming(GW2, WoW, TESO, PoE), surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes(not included in build link)

Parts to Upgrade: fresh/new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes(Windows 7 Home Premium)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: east coast US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: No PC

thats a pretty good build for $500, you cant do much better for the money. The motherboard is fine, asrock are good. I would try to put in 8gb ram, for a little extra money. The motherboard only has 2 ram slots so upgrading at a later date would mean removing the ram to add more in. It gives good upgrade possibilities of a core i5 and put in a better gpu when you need it, a 7770 should be fine for 1600x900. You could check out price for a 6850, judging from reviews they are about the same with newer games, but faster on older games. http://www.anandtech.com/show/5541/amd-radeon-hd-7750-radeon-hd-7770-ghz-edition-review/11 maybe just read a few reviews. The power supply you have selected will limit your upgrades as you wont be able to put more than a 7850 graphics card on that psu. but who knows, each generation of vid card reduces power consumption vs performance


Feb 23, 2012
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vKMs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vKMs/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vKMs/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $539.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 20:50 EST-0500)

Pretty similar

That is as good as you will ever get for $500ish. spend less and you wont have a real good gaming experience at all.


Oct 29, 2012
Based on my knowledge, I believe MMORPGs like WoW and GW2 are more CPU demanding(?) I would recommend getting a cheaper storage device and if you must, maybe even 4gb RAM. With the extra money you might be able to get a better processor.