Gaming Computers under $500, for 2014

We are into the last few months of 2014 so we thought this post was long overdue an update. We saw how much attention this post has been getting over time and realized 2 things.

1. there are a lot of people wanting to buy a gaming computer which won’t break the bank.

2. this post was still recommending computers from way back in early 2013.

We realized we might be giving bad advise by not updating this post, so we got onto it right away, and begin looking for the best gaming computers under $500 that we feel are currently the best value for your money.

We have to make clear here that in terms of gaming, with this budget you will not be able to play current games on the very top settings. However they will still offer you a great gaming experience, as long as you lower the setting slightly, which really is not the end of the world.

In a similar post we looked into gaming computer around the $1000 mark. These were perfect for those with a healthy budget and who can invest in a gaming computer at the high end. However, what we realized more and more, is that there are a lot of gamers out there who want to do it on a tight budget and don’t want to build their own gaming rigs.

So again we have taken the time to really find the best gaming computers under $500. We looked at every part of the build, every component included, to make sure that everything possible had been packed in, but that it still managed to stay under the $500 mark.

After much debate and testing we settled on these 2 gaming computers;


          Choice 1:

                          CybertronPC Patriot GM1293D Desktop



We have put this as our first choice because it really is the best we could find in terms of overall customer satisfaction and gaming power for your money.
Lets look at it and see what it has to offer:
For your money the AMD A4-5300 3.40GHz Dual-Core  processor is a great chip to have. Capable of handling demanding processing with 2 fast dual cores as the helm. Backed up with an impressive 8GB DDR3 RAM.
The graphics is handled by the Radeon HD 7480D GPU, a fast graphics card which will enable you to run you r favorite titles at reasonably high settings. Just remember though it won’t be able to handle max setting on games such as Call the of duty latest additions.

It comes with a large 1TB hdd hard drive which will store and load games at  great speeds.
It very important to note that you can upgrade component, so buying a gaming computer at this budget price will enable you to easily upgrade at a later date and save money.



      Choice 2:

                               CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880




A good option for those just getting into PC gaming and who don’t want to spend too much. This gaming computer has some very respectable looking components, that will give you a satisfying gaming experience.
Lets look at them now:

it has a very impressive AMD FX-4300 Quad Core Processor 3.8GHz processor running the show, backed up with a very impressive 8 GB DDR3 RAM. This already is a great start and will provide you with a good amount of processing power.

The hard drive, a 1024GB 7200rpm is sizeable enough to store all your games, and has a very fast load time.

The graphics card is no slouch either being a NVIDIA GT 610 1GB. This card will run top titles on high settings and provide you with a great gaming experience.
The system runs on Windows 7, a system we still use ourselves as it is reliable and fast, although less flashy than windows 8.

So there you have it. We hope we have made it easier for you to find the best gaming computers under $500.  We will of course be updating this post regularly to keep you up to date with all the latest gaming computer we recommend in this price range.
Please feel free to browse our other posts, to find out what gaming computers we recommend for different budgets catogeries. We go all the way up to to the high end computers, so even if you can’t afford them it will still be an interesting read, and you can find out the current boundaries of gaming capabilities.

But for now happy gaming from all at

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