Need HELP building a $500-$650 gaming rig

Hello guys I want to build a gaming rig my budget is $650 and this is what I got so far any recommendations. I would like to play games like call of duty, prototype, ME3,need for speed and some others on maxed out settings

Processor --> http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-8150-8-Core-Processor-Socket/dp/B005UBNLFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345103301&sr=1-1&keywords=AMD+FX-8150 (AMD FX-8150 8 core processor) PLEASE NOTE I WOULD LIKE TO STICK WITH THIS ONE($189.99)


MOBO---> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=779339&CatId=7248 (Asus M5A97 AM3+, You can recommend a better one I honestly don't mind about this one much ($94.99)


Graphics Card----> I haven't decided you pick one for me in the $100-$150 range preferably HDMI output and 1080p support


PSU---> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3255393
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=ES-650BLUE-12&cat=PWR
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=AK750&cpc=RESX You can recommend a different one I don't mind Please stick in the $50 range or less. ($49.99)


RAM-----> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231556 this or one below
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145347 Please help me pick preferably in the $100
range


SSD-----> http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-2-5-Inch-Industrys-Warranty/dp/B007R1FH3K/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345104636&sr=1-10&keywords=SSd Please help me pick one in the $100 range . What do you think I should do buy a 500gb WD 7200rpm drive or buy a 64gb SSD for windows OS and use a 250 or 320gb for my files/games/etc


Case----> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811192289 or something around $20
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=T6027&cat=CAS maybe even this one

Optical drive--->Anything that is a DVD RW and 20 dollars or less such as this one http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=BLK-DV-W524GS100-DO-R

Alright guys thank you very much and looking forward to your help hey guys also plz look on geeks.com for some of this stuff for me its really cheap thanks once again
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  1. Don't get an FX series CPU for a gaming rig. In a gaming rig you want to spend at least double on the graphics card that you do on the CPU. I suggest looking at something like:
    Pentium Gxxx CPU
    Cheapest board that has all the features you need
    Nvidia 560Ti if you can find a good deal or Radeon 6850,6870,6950 or 7850 whatever you can find the best deal on.
    8Gb (2x4) RAM you don't need more on a budget gaming rig
    Only get an SSD if there is cash spare after everything else its nice to have but only helps loading times not gaming.
    PSU 500W good make
    Case whatever you like.
  2. I've fixed the build for you :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($194.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.61 @ Amazon)
    Total: $663.49
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-16 05:38 EDT-0400)
  3. will 8 gb of ram be enough for most games I was looking at 16gb
  4. Even 4GB is enough for most games. In fact, I've never crossed 5.8 GB RAM used on my system, and that was with 3 games open at the same time..
  5. if Im willing to spend a $100 extra what should I upgrade I was thinking about the processor and is intel better than AMD for gaming or what?
  6. how about this card it has a higher core clock and 2 gigs of GGDR5 instead of one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp31559kr
  7. Intel is much better for gaming than AMD.

    Check the hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    And the card you picked is almost twice as slow as the one I picked.

  8. nice thanks man
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