Building a 600$ gamer pc

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I know what I'm getting

Budget Range: 600$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, then other stuff that all computers do.

Parts Not Required: I will need to buy everything (including monitor), but my 600 budget is for the tower itself.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm buying in Canada, so I will use a website with canadian distribution like or

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Probably!

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I dont know

Desired HDD space: I dont need much, 250+ would be enough

Additional Comments: I'm planing on playing some games like medieval total war II, wow, COD Black ops, BF3... I can deal with lower resolutions and graphics but I want high FPS.

I am buying in Canada and even though Can$ and USD are worth about the same, our computer parts are a bit more expensive, please take that into account. I would like to put no more then 600$ on the tower itself, I have something like 750-800 for the whole thing (including monitor, mouse, keyboard)

Alright so I made some research and I have some ideas but I would like to hear yours.

I found this combo on, these 4 for 295$

1x MSI 880GMA-E53 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Model:880GMA-E53)

1x AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX (Model:HDZ955FBGMBOX)

1x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (Model:F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL)

1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)


As for video cards, I will need some help, I'm looking once again for something cheap but powerful enough. I saw that a Radeon 5770 could do the job, I would also like a radeon 6850 but that would probably blow my budget.

As for the rest, Case, PSU and disc driver I would go for any good deal without compromising the computer. Any suggestion about these and even a monitor would be appreciated. If you know a website with good deal for canadien I would like to hear about it too. Thanks everyone!
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  1. That combo looks pretty good for the price. I would recommend this graphics card a Radeon HD 5830 And aren't you lucky as that part is $7 cheaper in Canada then the U.S. Hope this helps.
  2. Before you buy a graphics card you need to know the resolution of your monitor .

    The graphics card calculates how to "paint" each pixel on the screen . More pixels means more work to be done and a more powerful graphics card
  3. Yeah that video card looks nice, it's going straight on my temporary list. Thanks for that suggestion.

    And for the monitor, I'm a bit clueless. I was thinking putting about 150$ on it and planned on looking around for sales or something like that. Any suggestions?
  4. A review of the monitor you have suggested. It also seems the mentioned monitor would have every thing you would want 1080p resolution, DVI connector, LED backlighting, and based on the few reviews I scanned a decent reputation. I say go for it unless someone suggests something you find more appealing.
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