Budget Gaming Rig

Hello, I'm trying to put together a budget gaming rig for around 700 dollars and I would really love some feedback and advice on what I've put together. These are the components:
Case: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz
Mobo: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX
GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
PSU: Rosewill Stallion 500W ATX12V v2.2
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200 RPM
Memory: Corsair XMS DDR3 (4GB x2)
Optical: LG 24X DVD Burner
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
and the price comes to a grand total of $658.30
I got these for a combo deal excluding the GPU and OS, so I can't change anything, but if you guys can come up with a combo better than this I would love to hear your suggestions.
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  1. Personally I would not trust a Rosewill PSU. I've bought a few non-mechanical Rosewill products, and they're great, but I'm not so sure about their actual components.

    Could you list more details re: the combo? Like what is the combo price and what exactly is included in the combo? It's a little weird that the combo includes a mATX mobo and an ATX Mid Tower, but it's a small Mid Tower, so that's not necessarily an issue.
  2. drewhoo said:
    Personally I would not trust a Rosewill PSU. I've bought a few non-mechanical Rosewill products, and they're great, but I'm not so sure about their actual components.

    Could you list more details re: the combo? Like what is the combo price and what exactly is included in the combo? It's a little weird that the combo includes a mATX mobo and an ATX Mid Tower, but it's a small Mid Tower, so that's not necessarily an issue.


    This is the link to the combo on Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1351800
    Do you think I'm better off searching for a different combo?
  3. Yes, definitely. They are WAY overcharging you for RAM. 8GB (whether 1x8GB or 2x4GB) of DDR3 1600 Mhz should cost AT MOST $60 (those 4GB sticks listed are $30 AFTER a rebate, and rebates don't always work out. I'm still waiting on a $50 rebate from 2011, mind you.). Divert the $40 you save there to the PSU, preferably a 500w-600w made by Seasonic/PC Power and Cooling/Antec/Silverstone. You also don't need the extra fan, and you can get cheaper 500GB HDDs.

    Edit: for your budget, that case, mobo, and CPU are all good values. I don't have as good of a perception of low-end MSI boards as I do low-end ASRock boards, so explore the ASRock boards if possible. However this perception is based off of a lot of Newegg reviews which may or may not have been written by total n00bs.

    For some reason ASRock caters to budget builds well and are almost always a better value than their competitors in this part of the market. ASRock is owned by Pegatron, which is sort of a part of ASUS, so ASRock is intended to compete with a slightly different market than ASUS. The ASRock brand name is also newer so it has to more aggressively price its products. I own an ASRock board and am very happy with it. Think PegASUS, Pegatron, ASUS, ASRock
  4. drewhoo said:
    Yes, definitely. They are WAY overcharging you for RAM. 8GB (whether 1x8GB or 2x4GB) of DDR3 1600 Mhz should cost AT MOST $60 (those 4GB sticks listed are $30 AFTER a rebate, and rebates don't always work out. I'm still waiting on a $50 rebate from 2011, mind you.). Divert the $40 you save there to the PSU, preferably a 500w-600w made by Seasonic/PC Power and Cooling/Antec/Silverstone. You also don't need the extra fan, and you can get cheaper 500GB HDDs.

    Edit: for your budget, that case, mobo, and CPU are all good values. I don't have as good of a perception of low-end MSI boards as I do low-end ASRock boards, so explore the ASRock boards if possible. However this perception is based off of a lot of Newegg reviews which may or may not have been written by total n00bs.

    For some reason ASRock caters to budget builds well and are almost always a better value than their competitors in this part of the market. ASRock is owned by Pegatron, which is sort of a part of ASUS, so ASRock is intended to compete with a slightly different market than ASUS. The ASRock brand name is also newer so it has to more aggressively price its products. I own an ASRock board and am very happy with it. Think PegASUS, Pegatron, ASUS, ASRock

    Okay here's a different one:
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Black "Aluminum Brush/Plastic" ATX Mid Tower
    CPU: AMD FX 6300 Vishera 3.5GHz Socket AM3+
    Mobo: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760 Micro ATX
    GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850
    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series 600W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
    Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (4GB x2)
    Optical: LG 24X DVD Burner
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    and the price on this one is $715.61
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