Help With $550 Gaming PC.

I just saw the $550 Gaming PC build here on Tom's Hardware and I wanted to know if you guys think there is anything that should be changed about this build. I might be getting and my budget is $650, so you guys can change the build around a little. So what parts should I exchange in this build. $550 Gaming PC Build: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-gpu,2643.html
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  1. if you wont be doing much oc'ing, or hard-core gaming, ditch the cpu cooler.
    upgrade to 4gb of ddr3 ram, for about $30 more
    upgrade to a phenom II x4 955, which would bring a lot better performance. this would also require a slightly better/more expensive mobo, but would be around your budget range
  2. Could you recommend me a mobo then? And what do you mean by hard core gaming. I'm also not going to OC.
  3. hard-core = more than 3 or 4 hours of high-graphics gaming at a time, multiple times a week.
    here are two good combo's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.430449
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.456505
  4. Can you make an actual build for me then? Sorry about all the help I need.
  5. danman12 said:
    hard-core = more than 3 or 4 hours of high-graphics gaming at a time, multiple times a week.
    here are two good combo's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.430449
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.456505

    I too am building a pc in this price range, If I were to select from one of these two combos, what other parts would you suggest from new egg to solidify the build?
  6. well, mrhoshos stole my thunder and posted a very good build. look at his, its pretty complete
  7. mrhoshos96 said:


    Great build, I definitely encourage the starter of this thread to buy this.
  8. thank you radgarl really appreciate.
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