550$ Gaming PC, need a good build!

I'm a 13 year old kid on a tight budget and I really want/need a gaming PC. I may have a tight budget but the two things I DO NOT want to cheap out on are the PSU and the Graphics Card. I also plan on using AMD processors for a cheaper build and also for slight OC'ing.

Approx. Purchase Date: Around September/October 2013

Budget Range: 500-550$

System Usage from most to least important: Gaming, Recording, Video Editing, Programming, Graphic Designing, Photo Editing.

Monitor?: No, I have around 3 of those :P

OS?: No, I have a spare copy of Win7 Ultimate laying around.

Preferred Website For Farts: Anyone that ships to the ME.

Location: Kuwait.

Part Preferences: AMD parts for a better budget build (but if you can suggest something better from Intel/nVidia, I'll be glad to oblige)

OC'ing: Slight OC'ing, yes.

SLI or Xfire: In the future when I have a more flexible budget, sure :D

Monitor Resolution: 1280x720 and/or 1920x1080 (I plan on, of course, using the 1080p option more.)

Additional Comments: Above the list :)

I have a 2005 build that can barely run GTA III and a 2009 laptop that can play most 2000s games at low-mid, so I kinda need to max out on this.

Thanks in Advance :)
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hz2C
    then you need to pick a case which will push the build a little over 550 if that's okay..
  2. HopelessNoob said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hz2C
    then you need to pick a case which will push the build a little over 550 if that's okay..

    Woah! Nice Build, I like the fact that you heard me on the PSU and the Graphics Card :D Although, I need a little more RAM (around let's say, 6-8Gigs) so can you cheap out a little more on the RAM side? Or better, try to add in a case there and I'll LOVE it! MONSTER build :D

    Note: I can try and flex up to a 570$ mark, but the 550$ is for sure :) So add in a case if you want!
  3. HopelessNoob said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hz2C
    then you need to pick a case which will push the build a little over 550 if that's okay..


    Does that chipset support overclocking?
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.39 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $546.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 05:32 EDT-0400)

    This is a better build overall with a good case, cheaper (on discount) PSU and an optical drive.
    There is no need for aftermarket cooler for slight overclocking. Usual stock cooler can manage a little more load with no problems.

    @Diazalon - All AMD FX processors support full overclocking.
  5. yea that motherboard can overclock and here's the new build with 2x4gb ram
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hz8F
  6. luckiest charm said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.39 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $546.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 05:32 EDT-0400)

    This is a better build overall with a good case, cheaper (on discount) PSU and an optical drive.
    There is no need for aftermarket cooler for slight overclocking. Usual stock cooler can manage a little more load with no problems.

    @Diazalon - All AMD FX processors support full overclocking.


    I meant the mobo chipset....
    Will those places ship to you?
  7. diazalon said:
    luckiest charm said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.39 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $546.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 05:32 EDT-0400)

    This is a better build overall with a good case, cheaper (on discount) PSU and an optical drive.
    There is no need for aftermarket cooler for slight overclocking. Usual stock cooler can manage a little more load with no problems.

    @Diazalon - All AMD FX processors support full overclocking.


    I meant the mobo chipset....
    Will those places ship to you?


    Thinking the same here, I like the build but I don't think either Newegg or OutletPC ship here in the ME. I could, however, get this build made in India (a website called FlipKart has these parts) and brought here but the parts cost a lot more :(
  8. ehh i guess that's one of the perks of living in the US
  9. HopelessNoob said:
    yea that motherboard can overclock and here's the new build with 2x4gb ram
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hz8F


    Nice one, but again, shipping problems :(
  10. huzzdabuzz said:
    diazalon said:
    luckiest charm said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.39 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $546.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 05:32 EDT-0400)

    This is a better build overall with a good case, cheaper (on discount) PSU and an optical drive.
    There is no need for aftermarket cooler for slight overclocking. Usual stock cooler can manage a little more load with no problems.

    @Diazalon - All AMD FX processors support full overclocking.


    I meant the mobo chipset....
    Will those places ship to you?


    Thinking the same here, I like the build but I don't think either Newegg or OutletPC ship here in the ME. I could, however, get this build made in India (a website called FlipKart has these parts) and brought here but the parts cost a lot more :(



    Try this website http://www.computerprice.in/
    Make a similar build see how much it cost :)

    EDIT: that site sells almost nothing useful :3 my bad.

    The only good one i can find is flipkart
    http://www.flipkart.com/computers/components
  11. Can anyone tell me if Amazon ships everything together with one shipping price or individually keeps shipping prices for every product? :/
  12. i'm not sure you'll have to add it to your cart and see what happens
  13. diazalon said:
    huzzdabuzz said:
    diazalon said:
    luckiest charm said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.39 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $546.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 05:32 EDT-0400)

    This is a better build overall with a good case, cheaper (on discount) PSU and an optical drive.
    There is no need for aftermarket cooler for slight overclocking. Usual stock cooler can manage a little more load with no problems.

    @Diazalon - All AMD FX processors support full overclocking.


    I meant the mobo chipset....
    Will those places ship to you?


    Thinking the same here, I like the build but I don't think either Newegg or OutletPC ship here in the ME. I could, however, get this build made in India (a website called FlipKart has these parts) and brought here but the parts cost a lot more :(



    Try this website http://www.computerprice.in/
    Make a similar build see how much it cost :)

    EDIT: that site sells almost nothing useful :3 my bad.

    The only good one i can find is flipkart
    http://www.flipkart.com/computers/components


    They cost around the 700$ mark on FlipKart, Amazon India is around 750 :( I guess I have to do a lot of bargaining locally cuz they sell them expensive here as well :/
  14. you can save a little money if you drop to a phenom iix4 965
  15. HopelessNoob said:
    you can save a little money if you drop to a phenom iix4 965


    Yeah, but I need all the processing power the FX-6300 can give me :(
  16. well try to look around locally maybe there are some places that sell the parts for cheap
  17. huzzdabuzz said:
    HopelessNoob said:
    you can save a little money if you drop to a phenom iix4 965


    Yeah, but I need all the processing power the FX-6300 can give me :(


    You don't need that CPU for gaming the gpu is more important.

    Get a penitum G2020 great value cpu and cheaper.
    Make sure you have a great GPU
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