Michael Mann

Michael Mann

It's been a while since we've done a low-budget HTPC build, so this time around, we've pieced together a PC for under $500. This will do great as either an entry-level gaming system or as an HTPC for the living room. If you're looking for a build with a bit more "under the hood," consider our high-end Witcher 3 PC Build.

This sub-$500 gaming PC build is powered by an AMD A10-7850K, which is a cheap solution for light gaming, streaming, and everyday usage. You won't be playing GTA V or the Witcher very well on this build, but not everything has to be high-end – for League of Legends, Skyrim, DiRT, and similar games, this will do just fine.

This week we found an SSD, RAM, and three budget-friendly graphics cards on sale. Whether you are looking to upgrade your current PC or build a new PC from scratch, we have you covered.

We regularly emphasize that, by going with and AMD CPU and motherboard, you can utilize the savings to purchase a higher-end GPU rather than going with an Intel CPU and motherboard (for that, see our Battlefield Build we recently did). In the case of games which are not CPU-bound, this makes for an easy way to save money on building budget gaming computers.

This is an experiment of sorts for us, attempting to see how cheap a build we can do using AMD components; note that we do not recommend this build for GTA V as it is a CPU-intensive game. This gaming PC build -- with some slight overclocking -- can play just about every game out (sans GTA or Watch Dogs) at highest settings for under $1000.

This week we found a variety of components on sale that would make for great upgrades or for use when building a new PC. We found some blue LED RAM, a modular PSU, an SSD, a monitor and a couple video cards. Let's get to the deals.

Just weeks away from the release of one of the most-anticipated games of the year, CD Projekt Red has announced two paid expansion packs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While DLC is all the rage, CD Projekt Red has upped the ante and aims to introduce actual content – with depth and everything – over the usual graphics tweaks or added skins. Via press release, the team had this to say:

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