Is this a good enough $500 gaming rig?

Iswan Han

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWjN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWjN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWjN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($62.48 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($65.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.60 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.47 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $465.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 14:34 EDT-0400)

Any opinion? It's a birthday present for a friend of mine. He mostly play minecraft & dota2.
 
At 500$ you can get a much better sytem by going AMD.

This is MCUH better :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWC8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWC8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWC8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.60 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.47 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $500.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 14:47 EDT-0400)
 

bignastyid

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Here is what I'd do for $500
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWKt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWKt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PWKt/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $508.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 15:03 EDT-0400)
 

Iswan Han

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Thank you! And it's just right at the budget. Btw, is it overclockable?
 


OK i have a serious issue with that board you suggested. PLEASE stop... Its ANCIENT tech and so very unreliable, we have so many threads of these 760G boards thottling. PLease?
 

Iswan Han

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Aww man~ I really hate choices but what do i care. It's not mine for starters. His birthday is in two weeks or so and i wanna get something that wouldn't catch on fire like his old rig. I need something overclockable & fairly cheap. The only "heavy" game that i know he would play is assassins creed 3 & that's about it. Most of the time it's just minecraft & dota2. Should be enough amount time to get a few extra bucks.

Update: I'll pick the best possible setup for a $500-ish gaming setup as the solution. :)

2nd update: Please recommend a decent cooling unit for this setup. Thank you~
 

Iswan Han

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Thanks! This one is a nice deal too. :)
 

bignastyid

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Had to redo it, though i had the 760g chipset filtered and then didn't look close enough(thanks Novuake for pointing that out).
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PXAR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PXAR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1PXAR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $523.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 15:38 EDT-0400)
 

Iswan Han

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This is better but can this be oc'd??
 
No, still not.

This would be my minimum suggestion if it has to have OC capability.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Qaus
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Qaus/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Qaus/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.60 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.47 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $572.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 02:11 EDT-0400)
 

4cloud

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Try not to go for gigabyte. Msi and asus outlasts it regarding the motherboard get at least a 550 watt power supply and go for corsair rams that again outlasts kingston and scrap like strontium. paying a tiny bit more could come to a big advantage.
 

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