Building cheap gaming computer. Need lots of help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So Im thinking about building a cheap gaming computer. Im not looking for top of the line, just something simple I can replace in 3 years. I basically just need something to play Wow.

Im trying to save money by using some parts off of my old dell. I know dell isnt good for that kind of stuff but whatever I can salvage would help . That being said I currently have a inspiron 530
e4400 dual core cpu
3 gb 667mhz ram
g3302 mobo
Seagate Barracuda ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA
300w psu
ati 5670 2gb

I know that I need a new Mobo with Cpu as well as ram and a psu but I was wondering if I could still use that Hdd and possibly even the tower case. I will be using the Gpu til I can afford better at a later time.

I also need help with deciding on parts, this is what Ive come up with for a cheap build. Keep in mind I get a free Mobo with cpu:

Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt ATX Power Supply

Antec VSK-3000E MicroATX Case 27.99

Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Cha

AMD FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz Six-Core Socket A
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Mo
SKU: 533182
after Rebate


FX 6350 Black Edition 3.9GHz Six-Core Socket AM3+ Boxed Processor 129.99 with


M5A78L-M LX PLUS Socket AM3+ 760G mATX

Both those mobo are offered free with both processors so I have my choice. Also Plus windows 7 oem, my total is about 350$ which is right where I wanna spend..

Im also wondering, because micro center always has refurbished/used computers I might go this route, would this be better then the build I specified?

Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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    Definitely don't get that Thermaltake TR2 PSU. That line of PSUs is one of the worst quality units made.

    This one is the same price after a $10 MIR.

    Corsair CX500M.

    This one is also the same price after a $20 MIR.

    Corsair CX600M.

    The CX line is Corsair's budget line, but they are miles ahead of the Thermaltake TR2.

    You can re-use your old HDD if you need to as long as it's a SATA model, but you'll need to perform a clean OS install in the new system. Make sure to back up any important documents, pictures, videos, etc...
  2. Hello

    So I'm new to all this stuff too and i've spend the last 2 days hard core looking into the new stuff and prices and a lot of reviews. Along with this i had a friend that is also computer smart. I created this build and just purchased earlier today from amazon and newegg. I believe this build is great and I also want some input on it. You already have a hard drive so what i suggest is getting like a 60gb ssd and using that for start up disk and some of the applications. I just bought a ssd for my mac about a month ago and thinking on keeping it in or switching it out and putting it in the desktop. So here is my build on pcpartpicker. you already have a keyboard so thats 25 less. plus you don't need the hard drive
    let me know what your opinions are on it.

    AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
    Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
    Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card
    Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
    Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
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