~$600 Gaming Build

Hey everyone.

This is my first time trying to build a computer and I was recommended to this site for help in finalizing my build. I hope to buy by the end of this week if not sooner.

I want to keep the price at or near $600. The computer will be used for work, which includes image processing but simple stuff mostly. The real stress on the system will come from any games I want to play. Mostly upcoming MMO's such as Old Republic and Guild Wars. As such I want a system optimized for that type of gaming but I'm not really sure how to do that.

Parts not required are keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

I would like to order from new egg or Amazon and I'm from the US.

So the current build all from New Egg:

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $89.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $144.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX $124.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 $39.99

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B $19.89

SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case $48.99

Total: $528.83

I don't think I'm interested crossfire, I might try overclocking when I feel comfortable doing it.

You will notice there is no hard drive in there. I can't decide on SSD or normal. I would like to keep a motherboard that can use SSD well so I'm thinking I want SATA 6Gb/s.

As for a monitor I have a small one currently, but I have a nice TV. Its a Samsung series 5 530. http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/LN40C530F1FXZA.
Would I with this build or a similar one be able to play TOR or Guild wars or other MMOs on this TV and have it look good?

I'm open to any suggestions on the build, but again with an focus on MMO optimization and getting it to work with the TV if its worth it to try.

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  1. Hi my friend. It would be better to get a HDD since SSD are really small and you won't be able to fit everything you need there.

    A good 500gb would do you great but it is $90. Best just to get1 single 4gb stick since games do not max the 4gb ram so to stay under budget :)
  2. If you're going to use image processing I might get the SSD over the HDD and load OS, games and such in it. And then get an external HD for all your images and music.(Internals are really expensive right now as well)

    Everything looks good though

    Try using this stuff if you want a cheaper PC.


    It's the AMD A8 With built in GPU, (It will play every game you need it to(most games stable at 30 FPS), but it'll save you money for now until the nice HD7xxx series are out depending on $$, and you can still try overclocking when you want. And it's still a quad core.

    It'll work with this mobo.


    Found the USB 3.0 one since yours originally had it.
  3. Hey thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to go with HDD for now and later when I have more funds get an SSD.

    Does anyone have any comment on the tv/monitor idea. Its 1080p so I think it will give good enough resolution to use.
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