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Budget Gaming PC build 600$

Last response: in Systems
January 12, 2012 11:10:34 PM

I just want an opinion on this PC build, since I am considering building my own PC at the end of April

Budget Range: 600$ or Less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly strategy/rpg/rts), Watching Videos and Microsoft Office

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Motherboard: Asus M5A87

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Hard-drive: Seagate Barracuda 160GB

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 700W

Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer

Memory: suggestions on whether I should get 6 or 8 gigs
January 13, 2012 2:07:42 AM - $121.06
Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB - $59.48
MSI H61M-P21 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 3PCI-E VGA Audio LAN SATA2 Motherboard - $94.04
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD - $36.69
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT Front USB Audio No PSU - $39.69
Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Warranty* - $17.80
Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM - $41.69
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory - $184.20
XFX Radeon HD 6870 900MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

Total: $594.65
January 13, 2012 2:08:59 AM

I'm not personally a fan of AMD cpus so i recommend an i5-2400 for your price range and there are new motherboards out there for about $100 dollars with SATA 3, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0 and all the thing you could ever want to future proof your PC i got a Radeon HD 6870 even cheaper than that. Lastly you should get at least get a 500 GB HDD, i know they suddenly got allot more expensive because of the flood but it's only $10 dollars more. i am also Canadian but i would really recommend using USA. you will save money guaranteed.
January 13, 2012 9:58:58 PM

Thanks so far

Anybody else can improve the build or suggest another one for 600$?