Budget System Under 500 with good potential to overclock and tweak.
Intel Pentium G3258 is a low-priced, multiplier-unlocked, Haswell-based processor that will give the i3 and FX-6300 a run for its money. Few choices on video card but I went with GTX 750ti over the Radeon R7 260X for a few dollars more I it has a lower overall wattage requirement to allow more headroom for upgrades.
Like most builds budget builds out there I will not include Optical drive, I plan to run steamOS where you download all your games.
I will be over clocking with the stock cooler, if I run into problems I can upgrade since currently 125 dollars under budget after rebates. There is also room for mouse,keyboard and monitor & windows7/8 if you shop around for deals.
$10.00 mail-in rebate
|Intel - Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor||6W - 53W|
|MSI - H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard||15W - 60W|
|G.Skill - Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||9W - 9W|
|Seagate - Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||4W - 20W|
|Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card||15W - 60W|
|Total:||49W - 202W|