A decent gaming system for $500? Some will tell you it can’t be done. You have to break the bank they’ll say, or you won’t get a decent frame rate. Some will tell you that to accomplish this you have to buy much of your parts used, or re-manufactured. After some careful research and shopping around for components I decided to take the challenge, and I have to say I’m more than happy with the final build. It outperforms my buddies older system that has a new MSI GeForce 730! This being said, I still plan on sticking a more powerful gpu in there when the time comes though. I also have plans for an SSD in the future, thus the “green” hdd. So try and look at this as a $500 foundation, rather than a $500 complete build. I bought all my parts from NewEgg and Amazon. I have Amazon Prime so anything I could get on amazon for the same price or cheaper I went for. I’ve linked to some of the parts below for your convenience.
1 x MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $70
1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner – Bulk – OEM $25