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The best PC Build for Gaming for $500 (For a friend) Discussion Please.

Ok Guys, First up how's it going? I Have a friend who's about to buy a pc because his old one caved in.. I've learnt that he's going to buy a prebuilt one and i feel the need to inflict harm to this man XD I've talked him into getting a custom one.. He wanted really it turns out he just thinks hes going to instantly smash everything... Basically i have a fir amount oif computer knowledge so cutting to the chase:

I need a few good system suggestions for in and around the $500 Mark. Preferably an AMD setup and a Nvidia set up to compare.. Psu's, ram, everything. You know what to do, this is what you guys are best at haha.. Thanks in advance.

FIRST EDIT - Let's assume he has no OS, Has a monitor And has various accessories (Mice etc). We also need the tower case. I should of been clearer originally!

SECOND EDIT- It Doesn't HAVE to be a gaming PC totally, But it will be heavily used for gaming so it the priority over just raw processing power haha.
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  1. Is this strictly a gaming PC? Does the OS need to be included in the $500 price?
  2. You need to answer a few questions before anyone can help.

    Does he need just the tower (no display, keyboard, mouse)

    Does he need an OS (Windows takes $100 usually and will make the budget $400).


    NCIX builds systems to spec and only charges a $50 premium. Something to think about.
  3. This is a bit over budget and also no OS included:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($70.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $529.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-10 11:56 EST-0500
  4. This is the closest I could get at a $500 budget.
    Not included : Windows | Keyboard | Mouse | Monitor | Speakers

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD2 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($66.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Antec Green 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $502.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-10 12:00 EST-0500
  5. firefoxx04 said:
    You need to answer a few questions before anyone can help.

    Does he need just the tower (no display, keyboard, mouse)

    Does he need an OS (Windows takes $100 usually and will make the budget $400).


    NCIX builds systems to spec and only charges a $50 premium. Something to think about.


    Thanks, I edited the post!
  6. Changed a few parts to fit in an OS, its still $15 over budget though:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $514.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-10 12:25 EST-0500
  7. Best answer
    An AMD option. I'd recommend an aftermarket cooler and an SSD, but for the budget:PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($72.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($47.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $496.78
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-10 13:36 EST-0500
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