Help for a first-time Budget Gaming PC build under $650

I’ve worked out this setup but I’m not sure how capable it is, or if I’m missing something that would make it either better for minimal extra $, or cheaper with no loss in performance. Any parts in particular I should skimp/splurge on?

The idea is to build the best quality gaming PC possible for the lowest amount of money possible, able to run high settings on games such as The Witcher, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Metro Last Night. I plan to (carefully) overclock as much as I can.

Here is the planned setup, & the link from

Operating System- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

I plan on using my Samsung B350 Series 20-Inch LED-Lit tv for the monitor & headphones for sound. I buy my games digitally so I didn’t include an optical drive for now but am open to suggestions.

Anything else I need to worry about? power cables? Internet adapter? I’ve never built my own PC & all my knowledge comes from online research so please go easy on me :]
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  1. Looks good to me iceclocks gives it it's golden deal of approval
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    You should get all the relevant cables with the equipment however I had to purchase an extra SATA cable. If you want wireless capability then you will need either a PCI wireless adapter or USB adapter. Also unless you have another PC to make windows install via a USB stick then purchase an optical drive as windows comes on a DVD. Just buy the cheapest if you will rarely use it. I personal would buy a 2TB HDD, it sounds overkill but you will soon fill it but thats down to personal preference.

    Everything on the list looks good and you will have a nice machine when its built.
  3. yes its good list and ur ready to game my friend :)
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