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Budget gaming rig - what do you think?

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July 2, 2009 10:52:06 PM

Hi everyone,
im pretty new to building computers as this one is going to be my first. My budget is about $500 so i did a bit of research and ended up going with this.
so i was just looking to get some input from y'all like what's good and bad, and also if you know of a better deal for similar parts.
here it is..

*AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680&Tpk=AMD%20Phenom%20II%20X2%20550
*EVGA 113-M2-E113 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 730a HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188036&Tpk=EVGA%20113-M2-E113
*OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8004GK
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227199
*Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136178&Tpk=Western%20Digital%20Caviar%20SE%20WD5000AAJS%20500GB
*hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339025&Tpk=hec%20X-Power%20Pro%20600%20600W
*Tagan CS-A+Curbic Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811294009&Tpk=agan%20CS-A%2bCurbic

in total im looking at about $460 CAD for all of that but i have an EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB already so it knocks a fair bit off the price of the machine.

so what does Tom's Hardware think?

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July 2, 2009 11:57:17 PM

if you can afford it .. go for the p11 940be...
July 3, 2009 12:00:05 AM

X-power is not a psu that I am familiar with. Go cheap on the case, but not the psu. I would suggest a Corsair unit.
July 3, 2009 12:28:40 AM

PIJ : as much as i would freakin love to. i don't have the cash to drop on that beast.

geofelt : the PSU didn't seem too bad from the customer reviews but i'll look into the Corsair units. I do have 2 gb of ram laying around so maybe i'll nix the OCZ ram, get a better PSU and worry about more ram later
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