With only CPU, MOBO, RAM, HDD, CASE, PSU:
This particular build cost me measly $212 and will let me play decent numbers of games with its integrated Intel (R) HD Graphics.
Once I upgrade my PC with those following parts: AFTER MARKET CPU COOLER, MID-RANGE VIDEO CARD AND ONE MORE 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM:
I am up to $492 dollars.
In all, it's the best PC for sub $500 you possibly will ever see for that price and this time of the year. [March 2015]
Here's my story:
I got a Walmart coupon in the mail and I used it to get my free DDR3-1600 RAM from Walmart online. Thus, my first PC part arrived. I could not resist to get all parts immediately. Then I used my 100 dollars to buy a killer deal from Microcenter: Pentium G3258 and MSI Z97 PC MATE. 70 dollars for gorgeous Thermaltake Commander MSI and ugly 500w PSU... from Diablotek
I quickly put it together and installed Windows 8.1 to realization I accidentally installed 32 bit (LOL) I quickly installed it with proper 64 version.
As of now, it is awesome!
What do you think?
PS If you have better $500 build... let me know....
Amazing CPU for its price! Quicker than core i3s when overclocked. It sure does challenge low-end and mid-range core i5s.
This + MSI Z97 = $100 = Amazing
Impressive Z97 board for $40. It is truly great at overclocking my Pentium G3258.
Disappointed in Walmart for saying it was CL9 RAM when in reality, it was CL11... (1 star off)
It's not fancy & decorated. It just does what it need to do. Great for a RAM I got for free.
Impressive. Crazy fast! Boots Windows 8.1 Pro in less than 10 seconds at its best. 32MB cache is great.
7200RPM is also a must.
I got this HDD at Microcenter as a refurbished HDD.
Amazing case for $50... $35 after rebate of course.
Has a side window, blue led fan and decent cable-managing for the price.
Would buy this case again.
ok-ok. It just works.
It's not best quality obviously. I'm quite surprised it lasted me long as others said it wouldn't.
I can't seem to find EL series anywhere other than microcenter. I can't find it even on Diablotek's website.
Of course. Amazing. Fast. It's everything.