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$600 Budget Gaming Build

Hey guys I'm trying to build my first computer and I don't know a whole lot about this.

I've looked at a lot of benchmarks online and started building an AMD and Intel PC. I'm thinking that the AMD seems more cost effective at my price but again I don't know a whole lot about this stuff so i'm open to any suggestions.

Heres what I've got so far.

EDIT - I plan to use this PC for Guild Wars 2, runescape, and elder scrolls online when it comes out.

CPU 126.75 - AMD FX-6300 3.5 Ghz Black Edition

Motherboard 89.99 - GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory 72.98 - Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2×4 GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit

GPU 129.99 - MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC 1GB GDDR5

HD - 68.26 Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache Hard Drive

Optical Drive 21.99 - Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive

PSU 57.74 - Corsair Builder Series CX500 500W 80 PLUS POWER SUPPLY

Case 39.99 - NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case

TOTAL - 607.69

So this is my build I'm open to any changes and maybe even switching over completely to an intel setup if it is more bang for my buck.
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  1. Where are you buying from?

    @TheN00bBuilder: That's a horrible set-up. The original build is much better than that.
  2. OP's build is definitely better than noobbuilders.

    OP, your build looks fine for a budget build. However, I would recommend a 600W PSU instead. The GPU needs about 500W on it's own according to AMD's site.
  3. The watts is fine. A 500w is more than enough for a 7790, the recommendations go over-kill. A 500w is enough even for a 7870.
    Only problem is that the CX series are decent quality at best. I would recommend the XFX 550w as its much higher quality.
    I'm pretty sure the OP can fit a 7850 in there if he doesn't buy over-price components.
  4. Thanks for the quick responses, I'll definitely upgrade the PSU to the 550W that you recommended. As for the graphics card do you think it would be worth the upgrade or will I already be able to play games on med/high settings?

    I would like to buy from amazon but really anywhere will do if it saves me some cash.

    Was I right to go with an AMD system? I had actually been planning on making intel until I noticed the high benchmark and low price of the FX 6300. Even though it has high benchmarks I've read that Intels i5 cores are 2-2.5 times faster. Is this true? If so would it be worth switching to intel for a better gaming PC?
  5. What website are you buying from?

    AMD is the best way to go for budget systems like yours. It gives the best bang/buck in games.
  6. Just updated above. Plan to buy at amazon but no big deal if it saves cash to buy a few parts elsewhere.
  7. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $599.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 00:58 EDT-0400)

    -Overclockable, if you add an aftermarket cpu cooler in the future.
    -Added in that 7850.
    -Better case.
    -Better quality psu.
  8. realchaos said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $599.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 00:58 EDT-0400)

    -Overclockable, if you add an aftermarket cpu cooler in the future.
    -Added in that 7850.
    -Better case.
    -Better quality psu.


    Good build!
  9. realchaos said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $599.06
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-11 00:58 EDT-0400)

    -Overclockable, if you add an aftermarket cpu cooler in the future.
    -Added in that 7850.
    -Better case.
    -Better quality psu.


    Thanks for the help! This build looks perfect and I'm glad it was perfected by somebody with experience
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