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I've been trying to price out a $500 gaming rig for the past 3 days. Can't seem to get close to it. I figured some of you guys are better at finding good deals than I do so I challenge you to find me the best deals.

I have some requirements for this build:

- Must be Intel
- Must have a modular psu
- Must be able to upgrade to Haswell
- Atleast 8gb of RAM


Don't needs:

- Keyboard / Mouse
- OS
- Sound card
- Monitor
- HDD
Edited by phaseshift - 4/27/13 at 7:31am
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I've been trying to price out a $500 gaming rig for the past 3 days. Can't seem to get close to it. I figured some of you guys are better at finding good deals than I do so I challenge you to find me the best deals.

I have some requirements for this build:

- Must be Intel
- Must have a modular psu
- Must be able to upgrade to Haswell
- Atleast 8gb of RAM

You do realize that it's impossible to upgrade from the current Ivy Bridge chips to Haswell? They use different sockets (1155 vs. 1150)...
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You do realize that it's impossible to upgrade from the current Ivy Bridge chips to Haswell? They use different sockets (1155 vs. 1150)...

This

You need to wait for Haswell to come out first
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You do realize that it's impossible to upgrade from the current Ivy Bridge chips to Haswell? They use different sockets (1155 vs. 1150)...

screw lets forget about haswell. Lets get to building
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Wow, $500, and you demand Intel and a modular power supply? You are pushing my friend.

Honestly, for el'cheepo rigs, AMD is the way to go. A FX 6 core, coupled with something like a HD 7770 or nvidia equivalent should get you up and running.
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screw lets forget about haswell. Lets get to building

Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H with a 3570K best bang for buck setup but its not really the most cheap setup
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I hate to say it, but you're not going to get a tolerable current-gen (Ivy Bridge) Intel rig @ $500, I'd say $550 is more realistic. Here's an attempt at that price point, all prices are after discount codes and/or rebates.

CPU: Intel i3-3220 $130
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H $73
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x4GB DDR3-1600 $57
HDD: WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX $75
GPU: MSI GTX 650 Ti 1GB $95
DVD: LG 24x Burner $18
CASE: Corsair Carbide 300R $50
PSU: Corsair CX430M (modular) $40
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Best I could do:

Obviously you won't be able to use Haswell for it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.59 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $498.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 10:36 EDT-0400)

I'd suggest going with an AMD APU build, there's at least two more generations of CPUs before they change sockets. The A10-5800K is about on par with a i3-3220.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TmbT
to upgrade to haswell it will need a new motherboard

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $503.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 10:41 EDT-0400)
Edited by BURNINGchicken3 - 4/27/13 at 7:42am
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post #10 of 40
With that budget you would be better served going AMD and using an APU

However

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-HD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128579

SAPPHIRE 100356OCL Radeon HD 7790 OC 1GB DDR5 PCI-Express Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202029

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply You can't afford a modular its an unrealistic ask on this budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

That totals $516.94 there are $20 in mail in rebates to make the grand total $496.94

Oh yeah you can't afford a case scavenge one or use the mobo box tongue.gif
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