They all are, no one seriously thinks they can get a proper gaming machine for under 500 dollars.
$500 will get you a lot more with black Friday sales and if the next gen geforce or amd cards are out by then... I am just sayin.
But why would you want to? Why not build a good machine instead? --- He who stumbles around in darkness with a stick is blind. But he who... sticks out in darkness... is... fluorescent! - Brother Silence
Xbone plus a year of Live build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yf4K
Top end of your budget build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yf8V
Both builds have an i5 4570, build one has 4 gigs of ram plus a 2 gig 660, build 2 has 8 gigs and a 760. Build one should be comfortable for 1080p at least until Sony/MS allow devs to access the systems' full ram (They currently have 3.5 gigs blocked from access allowing a total system+GPU memory of 4.5 gigs).
Build two should be comfortable at 1080 for the foreseeable future. Unless reqs bloat for no reason (like Crysis 3 requiring DX11, COD Ghosts 6 gigs of ram fiasco) it should have enough of a lead to play anything that comes out this gen, especially once DX12 comes out, providing the hardware lasts that long without an issue. If the 360/PS3 are any indicator though I doubt a single launch console will last that long either. --- Every time I try to go where I really wanna be it's already where I am, 'cuz I'm already there XBL, PSN, Steam, Origin, BSN, GFAQs, MC: PhilOnDez
You have the same mistake as me and Boge where you're using MicroCenter prices on two major components. It's not likely for the TC to necessarily have access to a MicroCenter, so the build will likely end up being closer to $700 if you try to combine both an i5 and 760. --- (( It is of my own Volition to act as I have. ))
Those aren't in-store exclusive deals though. I don't see why you wouldn't order from them to save $30 on a gpu and $5 on a PSU while you're at it.
The only other part that isn't from amazon/newegg is the HDD and that's a whopping 1¢ more expensive on amazon. --- Every time I try to go where I really wanna be it's already where I am, 'cuz I'm already there XBL, PSN, Steam, Origin, BSN, GFAQs, MC: PhilOnDez