$500 Gaming PC

A Listmania! list by Devon Montoya (Chandler, AZ USA)
The list author says: "I've been building my own PC's off & on since 1995, (and before that I extensively modified my Apple IIgs to be state of the art in the late 80's). Only recently returning to the BYO scene, I am amazed at how easy and cheap anyone can build their own machine these days. I want to help share that joy, and save that money!"
AMD A8-3850 APU Quad-Core Processor (AD3850WNGXBOX)
1.  AMD A8-3850 APU Quad-Core Processor (AD3850WNGXBOX) by AMD
The list author says:
  "It won't light the world on fire, but in cost/performance you won't find a better basis for your cheap gaming PC. If you can stretch the budget a bit, you can also add an HD 6570/6670 in CrossFire for more gaming boost."
$95.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Gigabyte AMD Socket FM1 Dual Graphic Micro ATX Motherboard GA-A75M-S2V
2.  Gigabyte AMD Socket FM1 Dual Graphic Micro ATX Motherboard GA-A75M-S2V by Gigabyte
The list author says:
  "This mobo ought to serve well & save a couple dollars over it's siblings. Solid warranty, BIOS tools & drivers. Clearly labelled circuit board to ease installation. My 4GB build saves $ and this board only has 2 DIMM slots. If you'd like to bump up on the cheap later, then choose another Gigabyte like the A75M-UD2H with 4 DIMMS."
Used & New from: $130.71
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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G.Skill RipjawsX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 for Sandy Bridge (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL)
3.  G.Skill RipjawsX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 for Sandy Bridge (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel kit (F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL) by G.Skill
The list author says:
  "Killer memory for $30! Sticking to 4GB saves money, but you'll still get terrific performance since the new AMD proc takes excellent advantage of 1600MHz. To upgrade later, but save money now, be sure to buy a mobo that supports 4 DIMMS instead of 2 so you can add 4GB more later on instead of having to replace these."
$50.06   Used & New from: $48.87
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with   and   Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2
4.  Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with and Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2 by Corsair
The list author says:
  "This cost effective PSU will still provide enough power if you decide you'd like to add an HD 6570/6670 in CrossFire later on. We're trying to save money today, but $75 and DirectX 11 on a Win7 PC will definately launch this budget gamer into the stratosphere!"
$74.07   Used & New from: $65.00
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
5.  GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black) by Nzxt
The list author says:
  "A simple, cheap case w/ good airflow. Nothing special, you can probably find cheaper for go with something better. Personal preference, but there are lots to choose from in the $40-50 range."
$49.91   Used & New from: $22.49
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
6.  Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators by Cooler Master
The list author says:
  "These are frivolous, but there enough room in the case for 5 of them. I added two to the top of the case to cast a blue glow and the pull the already rising hot air up and out."
$7.99   Used & New from: $4.05
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,570 customer reviews)

SilverStone 120mm Fan Filter with Grill FF121 (Black)
7.  SilverStone 120mm Fan Filter with Grill FF121 (Black) by Silverstone Tek
The list author says:
  "Not necessary, esp. when the case is already so open, but dust is bad for fan bearings and everything you can do to trim/trap dust will server you well in the long run. Just don't forget to clean them when they gunk up! I added 3, two for the blue LED fans I bought and one for the case fan that was included."
$4.99   Used & New from: $3.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3500413AS
8.  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3500413AS by Seagate
The list author says:
  "I'm running a 1TB WD drive in the machine I built, but I already had it lying around so it was free. In a budget build, you want to save some scratch, so this $40 gem is ideal. You can bump up to 1TB for a bit more, but that's up to you."
$37.50   Used & New from: $29.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

Linksys Wireless-N PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)
9.  Linksys Wireless-N PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N) by Linksys
The list author says:
  "Again, I got this one for free, but it's pretty strong and definitely handles my draft-n WAN as well or better than the WAP I have my DVR and Xbox plugged into. If you are hard wired, just drop this. I move my machine about the house to game where I please, so quality wireless is important."
$25.00   Used & New from: $19.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)
10.  Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) by Lite-On
The list author says:
  "I have a recycled ODD, but if I were going to replace mine or buy from scratch, this is the lil' guy I'd pick."
$149.95   Used & New from: $75.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)

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