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Need help with budget gaming computer for a good friend

Hey everyone, so I've been doing a lot of research on a cheap but effective gaming build (something that can run current gen games easily) for a good buddy of mine whose girlfriend wants to buy him a gaming computer as a surprise for his birthday and here's what I've come up with so far:

AMD FX-6300 processor ($110): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009O7YORK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
M5A78L-M LX PLUS motherboard ($45 with rebate):
http://www.microcenter.com/product/379475/M5A78L-M_LX_PLUS_Socket_AM3_760G_mATX_AMD_Motherboard
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 ($190 with rebate): http://www.microcenter.com/product/403002/N660_TF_2GD5-OC_NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_660_Twin_Frozr_III_Overclocked_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card
Hitachi 1TB hard drive ($45): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013DU7R4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1A4E30A3SRRFL
Corsair 1x8gb ram ($91): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008Y6SV1W/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AZ8ZZL30AH7DI
500W Corsair Power Supply ($45 with rebate): http://www.microcenter.com/product/399981/Builder_Series_CX500_500_Watt_ATX_12V_Power_Supply
Rosewill Mini Tower ($20 with rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147123
DVD Optical ($16) http://www.microcenter.com/product/420410/24X_Internal_DVD_ReWritable_Drive_SATA
Windows 7 from a computer friend with an extra key ($60)

Also need help picking a cheap but effective wireless card/adapter for him since he uses wireless internet. I don't know very much about this so any help is much appreciated!

Total: Probably closer to $650 with tax.

So I was hoping to get closer to $500 because I don't want her to have to spend a lot since she's on a budget, but I'm not sure where to downgrade or if there are cheaper places to shop for some of these parts. I feel like there is much cheaper ram available for 8 GB but I am having trouble finding anything.

It doesn't need to be a powerhouse, it just needs to be powerful enough to play games like Skyrim, the new Elder Scrolls Online etc. at close to max settings, mods on skyrim would be nice to be able to run too!

Thanks so much for the help and if you need anymore information just let me know!

P.S if you notice any of my parts are not compatible with each other please let me know! I'm still fairly new to building and may have made a mistake!
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    Since you are near a Microcenter take advantage of their awesome deals.

    That CPU and Motherboard come in a bundle for $120
    EDIT: Can't do a direct link. Go here instead and scroll down to the FX-6300 bundles
    http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

    And some RAM for $60
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)

    That's a good $60-70 saved already :)
  2. Wow that's a great ram price! Unfortunately, my closest Microcenter is 5 hours away, so the gas wouldn't be worth it for me, I'm limited to shopping online there :(
  3. Purewildman said:
    Wow that's a great ram price! Unfortunately, my closest Microcenter is 5 hours away, so the gas wouldn't be worth it for me, I'm limited to shopping online there :(


    Ahh that's a shame. I seen your GTX 660 was from Microcenter and assumed you lived near :(
  4. That's a really interesting build (and really cheap!), but I think I would feel more comfortable using a "newer" processor for sanity of mind if I have any issues and need to do some research on the whole build.
  5. Wow a 600W power supply for $20!
  6. @Xeon, the case you linked only appears to have new offers at $70 did you mean to send a different link? Also as far as the PSU goes, would that 600W you linked work fine assuming I kept the same parts I listed originally?

    Edit: Also if anyone has a cheap but effective wireless card recommendation that would be amazing! (something that supports the usual U.S routers like Lynksis and Netgear)
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