700$ budget gaming pc


I have selected a list of components for a budget gaming computer. I live in Canada, so prices are generally higher than their USA counterparts. I need some advice before I place order at a local shop next week. I will be gaming on 24'' 1080p. My maximum budget is around 700$, however it wouldn't hurt if it could be lowered to high 600's. Good case and big HDD capacity are important. Thanks!

(PC components have been updated)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 - $109.95

Motherboard: ASUS M5A88-V Evo ATX AM3+ - $116.48

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (2x2GB) - $41.99

Graphics card: ASUS EAH6870 DirectCU 1GB - $204

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $74.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion - $69

Power supply: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W - $59.99

Optic: BLACK LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X SATA - $24

Total: $700.40
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  1. Check out my build guide in my siggy for 600$.
    Change the i3 2100 to an i5 2400. (+70)
    And change the 5850 to the 6870 (+50)

    Total: 720$
    You wouldn't see much difference in HDD going with a cheaper one, you'd see practically the same performance. The Samsung F3 1TB is cheaper, the same speed, and quieter.

    i5 2500K vs 970
    i5 2500K basically is the 2400 just with a higher clock rate, and the 970 boosts the clock rate to make it about the same. As you can see, the 970 got killed.
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  3. mosox said:

    Wow! You've been a great help. Thanks to your tips, I was able to lower my budget to $700 and save $30. Unfortunately, the HD 6950 is out of my budget and $40 more doesn't justify the performance gain :S
  4. Best answer selected by FlameHazeist.
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