Please review my low budget build

Hello Tom's Hardware,

I'm a first time builder and looking to build a low budget gaming PC. Getting back into PC gaming as I mostly game on Xbox 360.


BUDGET RANGE: $350 - $450 (would push to $500 if necessary ) after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: light - mid range gaming (I have a Thinkpad for work, and a netbook too for browsing and other things. )

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive( Samsung Spinpoint F3 ), ODD (Sony Optiarc), GPU (MSI 9800gt 512mb)


PARTS PREFERENCES: none really, but I am going for an AMD based build, since I'm going low budget


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire perhaps in the future, not right now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 resolution


I ordered a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb and a Sony Optaric DVD drive a week ago when I was thinking of upgrading a very old desktop (5 years+ old components ), but decided to scrap that and build a new machine. I play games like Sims 3, Guild Wars, and will play Guild Wars 2 when it comes out. Perhaps Fallout 3 and Crysis on low settings, again, I'm still kind of getting back into PC gaming.

Now to my questions:
1)For this case will I need any cable extensions for good cable management?
2)If I am not planning to overclock is the stock HSF okay to use?
3)The GPU I already have (MSI 9800gt) should work with this build, correct?

With shipping and after rebates = $311.29

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black):
$29.99- $25.00 gift card + free 2 day shipping through amazon prime = $4.99

Already purchased:
Samsung Spinpoint f3 500gb - $54.99
Sony Optaric - $19.99 at the time of purchase
= $74.98

Final cost: $391.26

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  1. Best answer
    Looks pretty good, no cable extensions will be needed, and yes the gpu will work.
    If you dont want to OC, and secondly dont mind the loud noise of the stock cooler, then yes it will be fine
  2. Don't know if you saw this in my original post, but I have this GPU to use with the system:, which has DVI output.

    So considering that, I should be okay with my current mobo?
  3. Ah I see you edited your post after I replied :) I suppose I can see how I feel about the stock cooler after I build it, then add an aftermarket HSF if the noise bothers me. I would still be within budget. Thanks!
  4. no worries mate
  5. Best answer selected by jocelyn87.
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