I decided I want to build my own gaming pc from scratch. What would you guys recommend to buy for under 500$? ie(motherboard, processor, ram, videocard, case)
Tell me if it helps!
Ram - you could probably pick up 2gb (which is more than enough for the average person) for $50 (personally I would go with ddr3 since it's the newest, might cost a little more, but well worth it).
$300 - $350 left.
Mobo - AMD will be the cheapest route to go for what your getting. I have a Phenom II x4 945 which cost me about $177 after tax, amazing CPU, put probably out of your range.
I would suggest something like this.
With a good CPU cooler you could easily overclock that to 3.6
$200 - $250 left.
Motherboard - assuming you went with my suggestion, you would need a AM3 compatible board, and ddr3 for the newest ram. This is the board I just ordered, for the price, it's a great deal. You'll get AM3, DDR3, SLI options, HDMI, etc..
Now were down to about $150
You still need a case, dvd drive, and power supply... I have an Antec 300 which cost me $50. I love it, now window, but you can always mod it if that's the stuff your into.
Power supply, I would go at least 750w, I think I spent about $70 for mine, just shop around.. Dvd drives are cheap. www.newegg.com is your friend.
You might want to budget yourself a little higher, so you get a bigger bang for your buck. Good luck