First build, advice on sub-600 gaming pc

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:

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)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Graphics Card:
HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB

Antec 300 Black Steel

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX

DVD Drive:

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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  1. 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)
    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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