Hey guys, I'm new to the PC building scene and would greatly appreciate some advice for my budget gaming PC. I don't want to purchase all these parts only to find out I could have gotten something better for cheaper, or, even worse, that my parts don't even work together. I plan to spend around 600 bucks or less, not including the OS and monitor.
Edit: If I did my math correctly, this all comes out to about $650. Now I could tweak the suggestions to get you closer to or at the $600 budget, if you like. I'm also assuming you have a keyboard and mouse, if not we'll have to fit that into the budget. The easiest way to do that is to lower the CPU to a PhII x2 and or drop the GPU down to a 6770 or something like that. We could even change the mobo to save more $.
TYVM lunyone, just what I was looking for. I think I'll wait a bit to buy my Hard Drive, they do seem really overpriced ATM. So I won't be needing any cooling? Also, any other suggestions on PSU? The Antec one you linked doesn't seem to have the best reviews...
Well you won't need extra cooling at the moment with 3 fans in the case. Most of your selections for parts won't be running too hot, so you won't need extra cooling at this time. If you find you are running hotter than expected, you can always get betting cooling later.
You can look at other reviews and draw your own conclusions, but it'll be up to you. I can recommend other PSU's too, so keep that in mind also. I've dealt with Antec directly with 2 older PSU's and I was VERY happy with their service. You can't say this will other manufacturers, so keep that in mind.
CPU: Phenom II X4 Zosma 3.0GHz
Mobo: The Asus you suggested
RAM: The 8 GB Sniper you suggested
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6850
Hard Drive: Will decide later
Case: Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid-Tower
Power Supply: The Antec you suggested
DVD Burner: Lite-On iHas424 (similar price, more features)
TOTAL (not including Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive, possible cooling, and shipping) (including rebates): $537
EDIT: I see another version of my RAM that runs at 1600 instead of 1333 for a bit more $$. Should I buy it?
Personally I don't think you'll see a difference between 1600 mHz over the 1333 mHz. Just make sure it's running at stock voltage (1.5v), because if it's at 1.65v and at 1600 mHz it's just OC'd to get those speeds.