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First build, advice on sub-600 gaming pc

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March 20, 2011 9:56:23 PM

So I have decided to build my own pc for the first time.

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 months? basically whenever I figure out what the hell I am doing

Budget Range: 500-650 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: decent amount of photoshopping, internet, gaming (portal, COD, mass effect 2 etc)

Parts Not Required: already have keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD processor

Overclocking: probably not, unless its really easy

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: N/A, need to buy one

Additional Comments: quieter is always better, also I have no idea how much cooler i need, so input on that would be appreciated.

Parts Already Chosen: (greatly subject to change)

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Antec 300 Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have no idea about the monitor, I figure I can just pick up any cheap LCD right?

Thanks for any input anyone can give, it will be greatly appreciated.

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March 20, 2011 10:23:08 PM
March 21, 2011 12:46:35 AM

Hey,

You want a better graphic card than that for gaming--this is equally important to the processor. The 5770 listed above is a good value. Nerf whatever you need to to make this happen.

You should be able to save some money on the PSU -- Antec is good, but there are cheaper models from other good companies. One example of a very good deal : (EDIT: I only recommend this because you are going for a budget GPU and not overclocking)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Seasonic and Corsair have 500w models that should be cheaper than this as well.

You should also be able to save money on the ram -- you probably dont need CAS 7 on a $600 build, and this would have little effect on performance.

I have that Antec case -- its great.
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