Sub $800 Mild Gaming System

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  1. You have some very good choices and a few that arent so good .

    Your processor is a phenom 1 . These are not good chips . Ok for most uses but for that money you can do better . A triple core Phenom 2 is much more powerful
    Your hard drive is quite slow . Its design is a few years old now .
    The power supply is too budget a brand to be good at supply smooth consistent power .

    MB , case, monitor , ram ,dvd are good $347

    CPU AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz $139

    power supply CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W $60

    hard drive Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM $55

    So far thats $601 . Its a fair bit faster than your original build both at loading programs and running games .
    I would spend a bit more on a 4850 gfx card rather than the 4830 , but the 4830 will also be fine . I think the difference is $10 or so .

    Have a look at frostytech
    and see what they say about cpu coolers .

    You can also download the next version of windows for free . It expires in march next year and you have to reinstall but for a new build it can be a good choice . Only download direct from microsoft .
  2. Thank you very much for the response, I changed the hd and power supply, and added the phenom II x3 710 since neither did newegg or tigerdirect had them. I might wait a week or so to see if the have the 720s available.
  3. +1 for Outlander_04's suggestions...
    And as you wont be overclocking, there is no need to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler...The stock cooking is suffice and that case with 3+ fans will provide very good airflow to the components...
    Instead spend that cash on the graphics card...
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