Need advice on my first build!

This summer I have planned to build a new computer due to the current one being 3years old with no upgrades. I have done my fair share of research and plan to do a real cheap build ( Budget max is $600 ) but still have some horsepower for games. I need help pointing out possible bottlenecks and maybe bad picks for the equipment. Also if possible I wanted to buy the parts through out summer and assemble within 3-5 weeks. So I would really appreciate if someone can tell me what parts to buy first and what parts to buy last so I don't see a price drop and lose out even more money.

Case - Bought $50 ( Snagged it when it had free shipping :) )
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5

HDD - Not purchased $70 ( I dont need this much storage so a cheaper alternative would be nice )
Seagate Barracuda 320Gb

GPU - Not purchased $170 ( Great deal going on right now, its tempting to buy)
EVGA 8800gt

RAM - Not purchased $45 ( Cheap with good reviews)
G Skill 2gb kit

MOBO - Not purchased $90 ( Good overclocking abilitys )
Gigabyte Ds3l

CPU - Not purchased $80 ( Read about possible 3.Xghz overclocks)
Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz

PSU - no idea where to start and what power I will need

EXTRAS... None bought
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $27

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound


With all that so far total would run me $554.32 Including the already bought case and shipping, I will go a little over if I need too.

Thanks in advanced!
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  1. Looks like a great budget system,

    For the PSU, I recommend the Antec Earthwatts 430w PSU on sale for the incredible price of only $40 AR including shipping. I normally llike a little stronger PSU but this is a real bargain. Quiet, well made, efficient and earth friendly, and cheap.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

    YOu would probably need to act quickly on this while it is still on sale.
  2. the 8800gt need a minimum of 400 watts and 22a on the 12v rails. that psu is cutting it a little close.
    mybe this for the psu to give you a little head room for a more powerful GPU in the future.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171016

    Personally I good psu will last your for quite a few system builds. So if you plan on gradually upgrading or just want something future proof
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
  3. This is a decent 500w PSU $34.99 after rebates. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012 an OCZ Steathstream
    I'd wait on the GPU, with the new ones coming out it's my opinion that the resulting shakeup will be a good thing for consumers. One place i'd be tempted to stretch my budget would be for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052
  4. get the Antec Trio 550w, thats definitely enough, i am running a similar rig right now with the same power supply but an older version. I have the E2160 running at 3.2GHZ + 24/7 and its holding up fine.
  5. PsyKhiqZero said:
    the 8800gt need a minimum of 400 watts and 22a on the 12v rails. that psu is cutting it a little close.
    mybe this for the psu to give you a little head room for a more powerful GPU in the future.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171016

    Personally I good psu will last your for quite a few system builds. So if you plan on gradually upgrading or just want something future proof
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006



    I dont get the amps on the 12vrails thing, if you go to the specs the psu you picked only supplies 20amps, is 22amps just reccomended? Explain?
  6. The Earthwatts 430 has 34amps on 12v so it would be fine. The 500w Stealth Stream listed above is also a good PSU and a good buy, althougj it may not provide any more power on the 12v rail than the Earthwatts if using more than 50 watts power on the 3 and 5 volt rails because of the way the StealthStream is made.
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