Most of gaming is about the graphics card but you don't want to go too bad in anything else. Assuming this is USA, you have a few directions to go.
Best Buy retail $519, $530 gets an RX 560 2GB and either A10-9700 or...
Best answer: Most of gaming is about the graphics card but you don't want to go too bad in anything else. Assuming this is USA, you have a few directions to go.
Best Buy retail $519, $530 gets an RX 560 2GB and either A10-9700 or FX-6300
They are OK, but CPU is weak for gaming in both cases, and doesn't have good CPU upgrading.
Both are over your $500.
Or, can build your own. On sale today is an i3-8100, sale ending at $110 after rebate. May cost more later.
Other items also sale ending and may need changing:
Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
MSI - B360-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - Decent features of audio, ethernet, slots
Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
MSI - Radeon RX 560 - 1024 4GB AERO ITX Video Card
Rosewill - Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case
Thermaltake - 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Base Total: $552.82 Promo Discounts: -$10.00 Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00 Shipping: $4.98 Total: $497.80
Alternate is going for a used PC, third gen core i5 or better in minitower with 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 already installed, new enough and confirmed to accept a standard power supply and double slot graphics card and upgrade power supply, add graphics card, maybe replace the system fan.
add the graphics card. Upgrade power supply if needed
OEM Windows 10 may or may not transfer. The Used PC already has it and an i5-4590 is respectable enough.
Core i3-8100 @ 3.60GHz score 8096
Core i5-4590 @ 3.30GHz score 7293
Rx-560-1024 4GB, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 TI
3 months ago