$650 gaming rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next few weeks BUDGET RANGE: $550-$650 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, Web browsing, homework
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

os needed win 7 preferably


MONITOR RESOLUTION: don't know right now going to get new monitor in december

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to build an affordable gaming pc. I know the price range isn't ideal for a gaming computer, but I'm not looking to go crazy. I'd like to be able to handle most games with satisfying results. My main games are World of warcraft, starcraft 2 Team fortress 2. I am playing on a laptop and getting only 20fps AT THE MOST AND 5 FPS AT THE LEAST in Wow at lowest settings

Here's what I came up with, definitely want your thoughts and suggestions!

DVD drive $25.99

PSU $29.99

win 7 $99.99

Case and hdd $84.98

Cpu and motherboard $214.98

Vidoecard and ram 191.98

All prices are after rebates
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  1. Hello joshhamel;
    That AZZA Dynamo 500 isnt exactly getting rave reviews from the people that bought it.
    Compare with the same price (after rebate) Corsair 400CX.
    Most important to you is it has enough power for all your parts and is a high quality PSU. Corsair CX400W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
    The Azza 500 has a 31amp +12v output and Corsair 400CX has 30amps.
  2. thanks for the quick response
  3. Have you checked the customer reviews on that OCZ Obsidian RAM - looking very poor in comparison to lot of other RAM sets on NewEgg.
  4. no i didnt i guess i should look at coustomere reviews more often thanks for the advice
  5. You have to be careful with those reviews - some of them are "I couldn't figure out how to make it work" type reviews.
    But they are useful if you don't have any other guides to look at.

    Compare that OCZ to CORSAIR XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333 $90 a/r
    or Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $87 a/r at DDR3 1333 Cas 8 it's going to give you nearly the same peformance as DDR3 1600 Cas 9 OCZ Obsidian.
  6. thanks for that picture very helpful

    so i guess it is not worth the extra money for the phantom ii x4 i could gust get the triple core rana

    that was my big debate in this build
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  8. mrhoshos96 said:

    I've seen some of your posts and like your suggestions, can you help me narrow down my build and explain what I need and what I don't? Overkill vs. essential with upgrading for the future?

    my post is here:
  9. This is the ram you want.
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996782

    Also, I wouldn't spend $23 on an odd that was only 16x.
    ASUS 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Writer LightScribe Support - OEM

    Otherwise, that build of mrhoshos96's looks fine to me.
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