~$600 First Gaming Build, need input

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor 19", speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024. I will upgrade to a higher resolution monitor in the future.


Here are the parts below I'm considering for my first build.

CPU: $188.99 after coupon
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

Motherboard: $74.99
MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130609

RAM: $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Graphics: $164.99 and $20 rebate
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

Hard Drive: $84.99
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

Case: Please recommend me a case around $40 or less which would work with these parts.

PSU: $54.99 after coupon, $20 rebate
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

Optical: $16.99
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240


This is my first build, so I'm not sure if all of this is compatible. I was trying to base it off of the $600 gaming build on the front page. I want to make sure all of these parts work together and are good quality. Is a 500w psu sufficient for this build? Is there anything I can change to make the build cheaper, but not sacrifice on quality? I would appreciate any input on these parts. Thanks for the help!
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  1. They all work .

    Personally I'd spend a bit more on a case . You may use it for several computers .
    These are decent units worth considering
    Coolermaster HAF 912
    Antec 300
    Coolermater Elite 430
    Bitfenix Outlaw

    500 w is more than sufficient .
  2. Looks like a solid build, you're good to go.
  3. I noticed the HIS 6870 is $149.99 and includes free shipping, while the Sapphire 6870 I chose is $164.99 and $7.56 shipping. I compared the two and didn't see any major difference. Does anyone have experience between the two?
  4. Just get the HIS 6870 then, both are about the same.
  5. The HIS has a better cooler .

    Some versions were highly OC'ed
  6. Oh... You're referring to after rebates.
  7. Thanks for the suggestions. I think I might get the Cooler Master Elite 430. Also, will this build be able to play games such as: Crysis,Starcraft II,WoW,Star Wars TOR,Batman AA,etc with max or near max settings and fps >= 30?
  8. Max settings w/o AA/AF probably you'll get at least 60 FPS.
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