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Are these specs good for a budget gaming PC?

I'm looking to spend around $500-600 for a gaming rig, basically that can run most games on High settings at 35-50fps, or medium settings at 60+ fps. After taking into account the advice from many different sources, this is what I came up with:


As you can see, I have 2 processors listed: one is dual core, and one is quad core. I understand that the quad core will run quicker and cooler, and be better for multiple processes at one time, but HOW much better is it for a budget gaming PC? Is the extra $50 really going to make that much of a difference? If it's not going to be mind-blowingly better, I'll just stick with the dual core.

Is this a good setup?
Do you have any suggestions/changes?
Is there anything major that I'm leaving out (besides operating system)?
Are all these parts COMPATIBLE? (kind of a big deal here :P )
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    Compatibility is perfect. Quality wise - the PSU (Thermaltake w/ 2x 80mm fans) doesn't match the quality of the other parts.

    The dual vs quad question is 'game dependent'. Meaning a game like WoW or StarCraft 2 won't really benefit from having a quad core CPU vs a faster clocked dual core.

    Missing: Keyboard/mouse & Operating System.
  2. go for the i5 you will get better performance and will be ready when all games a utilizing quad core's
  3. I was thinking that if you had an extra $50 - GPU upgrade would be a good place to put it. HD 6850 maybe. Although the 6770 is a good match @ 1600x900 resolution.
  4. WR2 said:
    I was thinking that if you had an extra $50 - GPU upgrade would be a good place to put it. HD 6850 maybe. Although the 6770 is a good match @ 1600x900 resolution.


    For extra $80 you could get the suggested HD 6850, then playing your games at 1920 x 1080 resolution with a Hanns-G HL227DBB 21.5" LED monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254058
  5. Best answer selected by Hoofyy.
  6. If you added an extra $3000000 to your budget you could buy an IBM super computer!

    Sarcasm people.

    But honestly folks, people have a budget for a reason.
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