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Hi guys, I'll be building my first PC sometime this summer. I want to start off relatively low budget, and build up from there. Can any of you guys recommend a setup that will be easily upgradeable for the next couple years?

It would be a gaming PC, as well as the PC I would surf he web/type documents on. The $500 price tag isn't set in stone, so feel free to pass it by a bit. It doesn't have to include OS or any accessories. Also, could you guys recommend a cheap, fairly good monitor and m/k? I'm probably going to just end up using my TV, but I'd like to know what's out there.

I'm not a fan of any specific company, but I guess I'd prefer AMD/nVidia.
Edited by AllyOmega - 5/23/11 at 2:36pm
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Hm. I have a $504 build for a friend that will suit you well.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=23619508
If you switch the motherboard to the ASRock Extreme4 Z68 or Gigabyte UD4 Z68 then it'll be a lot more upgradable too, but ~$60 more.
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$10 off promo code on HDD
MIR on GFX card
EDIT: Add this RAM
Also, for your cooler, get a Hyper 212+ instead ($30) out of stock so I had to add something (Black Knight).
To shave a little money off the build if you can't swing this one grab this GPU instead.

Other suggested build has a poor GPU, jsyk.
Edited by 8ight - 5/23/11 at 3:00pm
 
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^no ram.... Scratch off the cpu cooler for 4gbs of kingston ram (or w/e brand)
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Hm. I have a $504 build for a friend that will suit you well.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=23619508
If you switch the motherboard to the ASRock Extreme4 Z68 or Gigabyte UD4 Z68 then it'll be a lot more upgradable too, but ~$60 more.
550 watts a little high for that build?
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^no ram.... Scratch off the cpu cooler for 4gbs of kingston ram (or w/e brand)
Please review my entire post before you reply, thank you.

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550 watts a little high for that build?
Why go lower? Leave overhead for the future.
 
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That looks pretty good for gaming. Look around for deals and You may be able to get a 2500k with an open box p67 board for the same money. Are you near a microcenter, you can pick up this combo super deal if you can get access to a microcenter
    
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If your building a low end I suggest:
Athlon II quad core of any kind
Lower end motherboard with onboard GPU and only 1 pcie 16x slot
4gb of some serious value ram (any company will do)
A lower end GPU (GTX 450/ Radeon 6750 and lower)
500w power supply (antec, cooler master, corsair or any other you like)
and some cheap case. Save more money if you find a keyboard/mouse combo and check online like kijiji for a used monitor. If you up to it, save the money from the monitor and use that to get some better parts for your build. Lot's of routes to take my friend.
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That looks pretty good for gaming. Look around for deals and You may be able to get a 2500k with an open box p67 board for the same money. Are you near a microcenter, you can pick up this combo super deal if you can get access to a microcenter
Man, that's an awesome deal. Unfortunaely, I live in Florida. The closest Microcenter is around 600 miles away... :-/ I'm planning on checking around some brick and mortar stores for deals, like my local Best Buy and CompUSA. Couldn't hurt.
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Why go lower? Leave overhead for the future.
Just pointing out, since the OP has a set budget a lesser PSU might allow for other upgrades.
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