Originally Posted by bigkingsfan
Unless you're building an uber sli/crossfire setup, you can just buy a pre-built and then upgrade the Graphics card. I got a good deal on a Dell XPS 8500 for 500$ :
Processor: Intel Core 3rd Gen i7-3770 Processor
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0
1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
AMD Radeon HD 7570 1GB GDDR5 with DVI and HDMI Ports
8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz (2 DIMMs)
16X DVD +/- RW Drive
460W Power Supply
Upgraded the 7570 to a GTX 660 TI (300$) myself and this will run about anything on max settings at 1920x1200. The Graphics card is the most important thing on a system and shouldn't be skimp. i5 or i7 ivy bridge, they perform the same as far gaming goes. 8GB ram is enough for gaming too.
I am having a hard time believing you bought for under $500 an Ivy Bridge I-7 w/ those specs when it's tricky to find a pre-built 2nd gen. I5 desktop for under 500.