Roughly $600 Gaming Build Thoughts


Approximate Purchase Date: Within a few weeks

Budget Range: Looking for around $600, it can go up to about $650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Basic Picture Editing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: mostly, also or

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Maybe, I don't really want to do it right away, but might try at some point

SLI or Crossfire: Not for now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I've never built a computer before, and am basically just wondering if what I have below will work well. I mostly just want to be able to play games, primarily Starcraft 2 and some MMOs. I also know very little about overclocking and am curious if it is worth doing, and if it is, if I could do it with what I have here, or if I would need something else.


AMD Phenom II X4 955

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Rad eon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply

CD Drive:
ASUS Black 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 Burner - Bulk - OEM

The total here comes to about $625 and so my main question is will this build work well for gaming and are there any parts that I should swap for something similar that will be a better choice. Also let me know if there are any parts that I am forgetting here. Thanks in advance for any advice or comments.
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  1. Builder series is not 80+ certified and Asrock 870 is 8/8 Cfable and so if $652AR is doable

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  2. good build....did one just like it a month ago
    except with a 450GTS.....plays games no probs
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