Thursday, November 14, 2013

Console Competitive PC Build ~$500

There's a lot of people out there who don't want or need a next generation console.  I made this build guide to specifically be competitive in price and performance to the new consoles so that you won't be missing out on none of the gaming goodness.  Perfect for the person on a budget, trying out PC gaming, student, and entry-level PC gamer.  Check out the video and enjoy.

PCPartPicker Part List

Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($119.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($79.98 @ OutletPC)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card  ($139.99 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($34.72 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($44.99 @ Microcenter)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($18.49 @ Amazon)

Total: $555.14

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 14:46 EST-0500)

If you notice the price is now $55 over the $500 budget.  This is because the very next day after taping this video, the prices changed.  This is how quickly deals come and go.  I can't stress enough how important it is to do your homework, research, and shop around for components that are perfect for you.  Don't ever think that you should wait 4 months to get the next greatest parts either.  Get what you want when you can get it.  The PC component market is a very volatile area.  Prices and deals jump around wildly so trying to peg down a very certain part at a very certain price range can be very tricky.  This build can still be had for less then $500 though.  You will just have to swap out some parts and look for other components.  Comment if you have any questions.

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