First Build

Building my first PC for moderate gaming under $600. Am I good to go?

CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 555 (Gonna try to unlock into an x3-x4)
MOBO: MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX
Memory: G. Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU: Cooler Master GX 650w
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout

Total Cost: $587.92
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  1. I would avoid the Cooler Master GX series if you can. They have been poorly reviewed at Hardwaresecrets, Jonnyguru and HardOCP.

    Assuming you are buying from newegg these are better for less money:
    Antec Truepower New TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $80 ($2 shipping)

    XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $89 ($30 rebate)
  2. Ditto on the PSU. Here are some more choices of solid PSU's:

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX
    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
    Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W (need you own powercord with this one)
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W
  3. I would not recommend a Corsair 650TX, the original ones anyway. They might be solid, but customers are as likely to be buying the CWT PSH IIs rather than the ones originally released. And there are TXV2s available which are all made by Seasonic, have decent efficiency and perform better all round.
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