Is this a good $500 gaming pc?

30th of March 2014 5

Is this a good $500 gaming pc?

Question by Gregert: Is this a good 0 gaming pc?
I am building a gaming pc for my birthday and I was wondering if these parts are any good and if they actually work together? (I haven’t done this before) I would like to be able to play games on reasonably high settings. I am worried that I have forgotten something and another major concern I have is the power supply, is it good enough to power this system. Here are the specs:

CPU: AMD A6-5400K APU 3.6Ghz Processor ($ 60)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/DP OC Version PCI-Express Graphics Card ($ 150)

MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-F2A55M-DS2 FM2+/FM2 AMD A55 Dual-link DVI Dual UEFI BIOS micro ATX Motherboard ($ 41)

RAM: Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 XMP Desktop Memory ($ 70)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive ($ 52)

POWER SUPPLY: Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520M, 80 PLUS BRONZE, 520 Watt Modular Power Supply ($ 80)

CASE: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus – Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Windowed Side Panel ($ 50)


Best answer:

Answer by Nick
Instead of the A6 5400k, get this
It's a quad core, it has a low power draw, and it supports your motherboard. Quad cores for mid range gaming are crucial. Everything else is good, though.

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5 great comment(s) for this post

  1. Qwerty 11:25 am 30/03 of 2014

    doesnt say what the power draw on that card is but 520w should be fine. you want the maximum draw of all your components added together to not exceed 70 – 80% of your PSUs capacity.

  2. !There is no reason for Ignorance !call a vet! 12:05 pm 30/03 of 2014

    I would change the CPU and the GPU dont like either but if that is what you want its fine .

  3. Bringing Salvation 12:24 pm 30/03 of 2014

    some of those parts are overpriced and you really dont need to pay all that jesus lol especially energy efficiency isnt really good

    your missing a operating system which is about 100 dollars in itself so you really cant make it for 500 without gimping down the specs further but heres what id do

    id go for this build due to lower power consumption i have changed the parts to a quad core as games take advantage of 4 cores these days it should achieve medium to high settings depending on what game

    the case comes with 3 fans installed i have added a red led fan for the front in the build the reason i changed the motherboard is cause it has a heatsink on the mosfets which provide power to the cpu so that later on down the line should you get a 760k and occ you have the freedom to do so i also added a aftermarket cooler due to the stock coolers are crap and will overheat the way this cooler faces is to the top of the case making the gx500 case the best option due to the 2 fans on the top can pull the hot air made by cpu away also noted the 750 ti has same performance as the 260x except 1 big detail it draws 75w less has physx which some games support which adds extra detail to games like assassins creed 4 etc

  4. Sandeep 12:59 pm 30/03 of 2014

    I would change the motherboard like nick suggested and look into Gtx 750 Ti or r7 265 too.

  5. Marduk 1:22 pm 30/03 of 2014

    I don’t believe in a good $ 500 pc for anything. This one costs $ 850 and it is not good for gaming. My gaming one ran me $ 2000. I built both. I think you do better going to HP site and ordering a Custom HP Envy computer. Something with i5 and 8G RAM and a GPU. But 800-900 is the lowest that would be great. You are much better getting XBox One or PS4 for that money. A 500 dollar computer might run this years games poorly and tomorrows games not at all. The consoles will be good for years to come.


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