$600 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months

Budget Range: $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Photo editing, everyday internet surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers/headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Preferably not(read additional comments)

SLI or Crossfire: Preferably not(read additional comments)

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I'd like this to be use up as little power as possible while maintaining good performance. Also, as far as gaming goes, I plan on playing games like Fallout, Call of Duty, Grand theft Auto IV, Emergency 2012, and Starcraft II maybe.

Bought an IBuyPower PC last year and needless to say, I was less than impressed and have since vowed to never buy a pre-built PC again. So now I'm looking for some advice on parts for a PC. I've done my fair share of reading TomsHardware so I think my build is pretty solid but I'm always open to advice.
Now, onto the parts I've picked out.

Processor Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz $75.00

RAM G Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz $68.00

Graphics Card MSI Cyclone GTX 460 $165.00

Motherboard MSI AMD 770 $65.00

Hard Drive Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $70.00

Hard Drive Sata Connector Kingwin 1ft 3" connector $3.00

DVD Drive Connector Kingwin 1ft 3" connector $3.00

Power Supply RaidMax Blackstone 80+ Bronze $70.00

Case CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60.00

DVD Burner LiteOn Black DVD Burner $17.00

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Thanks :D
    However I'd prefer to stay away from any combo deals until the day of the purchase for the sole fact that that deal is likely to go away in the span of a month or two however I will look into the PSU's.

    Thank for the RAM info. Will definitely incorporate that into my build.

    Also, thanks for the article about the Nvidia prices although I plan on buying most, if not all of these parts on Cyber Monday and/or around Christmas to get some nice deals.
  2. ^ Well those combos have been there for a long time(been there for the past 2-3 months), so I doubt they would go away soon...
    But anyways before your purchase, do look for combos...
  3. Strange. Every combo I've ever looked at at least twice over the course of a couple days was gone within that span of time. In any event, I will definitely make sure to check out the combos when I make my purchases.
  4. a few changes: You don't need the cables.

    The AS Rock 770 is $59.00

    GSkill ram without the heat spreaders is only $61.99

    with the 16x/4x of the 770, and the fact you're using an NVidia card means you won't be using multiple GPUs, ever,so 700W is overkill. you only need 500W. Try this one:
  5. I was actually considering that mobo not very long ago but I decided to go with the MSI 770 because I may eventually try unlocking for 4th core of the Athlon II X3 445. Also, this is just a minor detail but the ASRock 770 isn't exactly pretty while the MSI board has a nice blue and black color scheme.

    What would be the reasoning for getting RAM without heat spreaders? I understand it's cheaper but heat spreaders seem like a very nice addition and something I'd willingly pay a few extra $$ for.

    Yeah, the 700W wasn't the main reason for choosing that PSU. I chose it because its 80+ Bronze and has good reviews. The PSU you mentioned is 80+ Bronze but only has 1 review which claims their product was DOA. Also, the PSU you mentioned only has one 6 pin and one 8 pin connector. The GTX 460 requires two 6 pins. With that said, I have actually gone back and looked at PSUs again and found a Seasonic 80+ Bronze 520W.
  6. PSU - These are some very good PSUs - Along with the one that you have linked,
    As for that Xigmatek PSU, the 8 Pin is actually be 6+2 Pin so you would be able to use it with the card...
  7. $562AR
  8. Once again, I'd prefer to stay away from combo deals for the time being. Also, I have a 500GB hard drive right now and every now and then I find myself running out of space so that's why I chose the 1TB and don't want to go any lower because 1TB is only $10 more than a 640GB and the same price as a 750GB.
  9. I would suggest coming back the week of the purchase date so you can take advantage of the combo deals.
  10. Looking at Batchuka's build: I'd say you can get a non-biostar 870 combo for about $150, and the near-permanent combo of the OCZ 550W 80+ PSU and 1 TB HDD for $115.
  11. zooted said:
    I would suggest coming back the week of the purchase date so you can take advantage of the combo deals.

    Agreed - here it is shown that combos allow u a full blown HD 6850 + Deneb 955BE config :lol:
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