Tom's Hardware writes........
Always frugal but never "cheap", our $500 system looks great. But how does it perform? Today we'll go over a few details of assembly and overclocking before jumping into the benchmarks. We'll finish the day with a comparison of relative value between this low-budget gamer and our March System Builder Marathon "Low-Cost" configuration.
Graphics cards are expensive, so it's really hard to build a gaming system with a $500 budget limit. Our $500 Gaming PC shined more in applications than games, yet it played the majority of our games well at medium resolutions and settings. Thus, we must call it a success even if we're not quite ready to pat ourselves on the back.