Cheap Gaming PC

I do not do a lot of heavy gaming however I would like this PC to be able to withstand that possibility if I change my mind afterwards. This is my first build so any suggestions or reasonings would be very much appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week if possible

Budget Range: around $700

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Due to budget i'd like to stick to AMD. Other than that I have no preferences.

Additional Comments: I would like the computer to be relatively quiet and cool.

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
- This has already been purchased since I found a deal with it off amazon [$109.99]

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128529 [$59.99]

Memory: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platforms-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b [$46.99]
-already purchased

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625 [$137.99]
- I am open to changing this

Hard Drive: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate+-+Barracuda+1TB+Internal+Serial+ATA+Hard+Drive/8490625.p?id=1186003683968&skuId=8490625 [$69.99]

DVD Drive : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334 [$17.99]

Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119203 [$39.99-$49.99]
- torn between cases. I like the side panel clear on the cooler master, however the challenger has amazing reviews and the top and front fans

PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817709025 $39.99]

Monitor: Not sure at all, probably something on sale between 19" and 21" [$70-$100]

Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839008 [$46.99]


When it comes down to it, I am open to any suggestions to better improve this build with the same relative cost, or downgrade any items to help my cost while not hindering the build too much. I would like to hear opinions on the cases, a monitor, and graphics card especially.

Price total currently: $641-691
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  1. That PSU is not good, it has very weak 12v rails that may not even handle your system. Get something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013&Tpk=xfx%20550w
  2. That motherboard is am3 for your processor you need an am3+ mobo.
    That graphics card is a not good for the money it is weak, you can get a 6850 for few dollars more.
    DO NOT buy a cheap psu, this is the most critical component in the build, you want to buy one from a reputable brand such as antec, corsair, seasonic etc....
  3. Hello. for $39.99 after rebates you can get a far better psu CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
    and for a gpu: MSI 460GTX hawk o/c to 780Mhz (almost at 560 speeds which is 810Mhz) for $139.99 after rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518
  4. Also, I changed the motherboard, I originally posted the wrong one, thank you.
  5. ^that is still the wrong socket that is fm1 for llano, you need an am3+
  6. Ok sorry, I see it now. FIXED.
  7. Very bad choices overall. Check the next build...


    Value case with USB III in front panel.

    NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

    Powerful PSU manufactured by Seasonic.

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

    Phenom II X4 955 is still the gaming king from AMD side.

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Motherboard with native USB & SATA III as long as 8x / 8x Crossfire support.

    ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157272

    8GB of high speed RAM

    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231

    The best value / perfomance GPU with lifetime warranty

    XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

    A Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for storage - programms

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=spinpoint%20f3%201tb


    SUM 709$ without MIR
  8. That would be nice but I can't afford to spend that money, that build is $700 without a keyboard or monitor.
  9. Maybe go with a 760g as that motherboard uses an ancient chipset. this would be a better option.
  10. If you read the op he states he already purchased the 4100
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