It's been a LONG time since I've posted here (about 3 years), but I know this it the place to go for help with new builds!
One of my friends wants to build a basic gaming computer for ~$500.
She wants to be able to handle League of Legends, which isn't TOO taxing and the Sims 3. I run an (ancient) Core2Duo with a ATi 4850 and can get 60fps on League of Legends, if that helps at all.
prefer quality brands.