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Best Gaming PC for $500?

#11DRAGON07891230Posted 3/17/2014 11:15:10 PM
3/10. Not as obvious as the post about the Dell Laptop, but pretty blunt nonetheless.
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#12strangecity(Topic Creator)Posted 3/18/2014 12:29:12 AM
cyberwarrior94 posted...
strangecity posted...
i see so how much do i need to spend? would $ 700 be enough?


Seems I got lucky when I asked my question, and might as well be the white knight before you turn on the PC gaming life. To answer yours, no $500 will not be near if you want a PC to surpass say and Xbox ONE or PS4 with the added PC stuff. If you want a great PC with spectacular specs, you'll want to spend around 800-900 bucks. IMHO save up till you get that amount, you'll be better off trust me.


oh ok I'll save up a bit thanks for the reply

Conker posted...
Serious response:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bV9M

$570 after rebates ($630 before) and includes Windows 7...obviously knock off $100 without the OS. Will run any game at 1080p quite well. The EVGA Superclocked 750 is on par with a 750ti reference card, and it's a great deal atm for budget gaming system.

http://www.legitreviews.com/evga-geforce-gtx-750-1gb-sc-video-card-review_137067/5

You will get minimums in the 30 FPS on High with low AA/AF, not playable at Very High as that review shows.


thanks for the reply but I think i'll save up a bit and wait till i reach $1000 bucks

DRAGON07891230 posted...
3/10. Not as obvious as the post about the Dell Laptop, but pretty blunt nonetheless.


what?
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#13Majoras_pantsPosted 3/18/2014 3:43:01 AM
I usually spend 700-800 on builds and get a good system that lasts. It works out pretty well for me. But 500 is pretty low. Even if you're really hunting for deals, $700 seems like a good minimum amount to spend. $800 seems to be the sweetspot for me for price/performance.

Save up a little more, it'll be worth it.
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#14BogePosted 3/18/2014 8:50:24 AM
Conker posted...
Serious response:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bV9M

$570 after rebates ($630 before) and includes Windows 7...obviously knock off $100 without the OS. Will run any game at 1080p quite well. The EVGA Superclocked 750 is on par with a 750ti reference card, and it's a great deal atm for budget gaming system.

http://www.legitreviews.com/evga-geforce-gtx-750-1gb-sc-video-card-review_137067/5

You will get minimums in the 30 FPS on High with low AA/AF, not playable at Very High as that review shows.


Too much motherboard.
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#15ArkonBladePosted 3/18/2014 9:10:46 AM
strangecity posted...
Can anyone recommend me a pc I can build for $500 and have at least 1 TB? I don't need a mouse, keyboard or monitor but i'll need everything else. I want to play crisis 3 in max settings if possible. thanks for the help.


You will not run crisis 3 on Max settings on a $500 PC... well you can but the FPS will be unplayable.

Medium settings sure. that a $500 PC should be able to do. You want max prepare to spend a lot more.
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#16BogePosted 3/18/2014 9:14:50 AM(edited)
You can make a decent gaming machine for $500. It won't max games out at high framerate, but you'll still be able to play whatever at low-medium which still looks pretty good these days.

The biggest problem with a $500 machine is that in 2 years you probably won't be able to run things even on low and maintain 30fps.

Then again, I built a $500 machine for my sister in 2009 and my nephew is still playing it all the time with no complaints. I guess it boils down to what you're willing to live with.
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#17foodeater4Posted 3/18/2014 9:23:47 AM(edited)
I think this mobo would be a better fit and knock off like $40 from the build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132042

All you would really have to do is upgrade the graphics card and cpu down the line. In the end your still spending probably around $700-$800, but if you wanan get in initially for cheap its not a bad start.

The only thing that might be worth chaning is bumping the psu to a 500 watt, then youll probably be set for a gtx 860 or something when upgrade time comes.
#18ArkonBladePosted 3/18/2014 9:23:46 AM
Boge posted...
You can make a decent gaming machine for $500. It won't max games out at high framerate, but you'll still be able to play whatever at low-medium which still looks pretty good these days.

The biggest problem with a $500 machine is that in 2 years you probably won't be able to run things even on low and maintain 30fps.

Then again, I built a $500 machine for my sister in 2009 and my nephew is still playing it all the time with no complaints. I guess it boils down to what you're willing to live with.


Indeed. A $500 PC is fine if that's all you can afford and you really want to do PC gaming but you won't get much out of it. If you can try to get closer to $700-$800.

If you are going budget try to put a solid MOBO and CPU in there so you don't have to worry about upgrading much more then your GPU in the future and Ram.
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#19r0ge00Posted 3/18/2014 9:38:00 AM
Boge posted...
The biggest problem with a $500 machine is that in 2 years you probably won't be able to run things even on low and maintain 30fps.


I built a $550 PC 2 years ago. It still runs most titles easily over 30 FPS on Medium-High settings.
#20ConkerPosted 3/18/2014 4:31:09 PM
Boge posted...
Conker posted...
Serious response:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bV9M

$570 after rebates ($630 before) and includes Windows 7...obviously knock off $100 without the OS. Will run any game at 1080p quite well. The EVGA Superclocked 750 is on par with a 750ti reference card, and it's a great deal atm for budget gaming system.

http://www.legitreviews.com/evga-geforce-gtx-750-1gb-sc-video-card-review_137067/5

You will get minimums in the 30 FPS on High with low AA/AF, not playable at Very High as that review shows.


Too much motherboard.


Yup, chose it with the intention of being able to upgrade to an i5 or i7 and OC in the future...you can get a cheap one and save $30-40.
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