Looking to Build a <$600 Gaming Computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the Next Two Months

Budget Range: Prefer <$600 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet, School/Office Work

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (amazon.com if I can get a better deal from free shipping with prime)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like to build a budget computer using the i5-2400/Radeon 6870 that the budget build had, as I was very impressed with that benchmark performance of it.

Overclocking: Yes to Graphics Card, No to Processor

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Unknown? Using a 32inch tv that is capable of 1080 so I guess 1920/1080

Additional Comments: I've got a build together but I could really use some help/advice with getting the whole thing below $600 after rebates. Here are the details of the build:

Motherboard: MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400

GPU: Radeon 6870

RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586

Hard Drive:Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disk Drive:ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Total Cost:
Motherboard: ($75)
Processor: ($190)
Graphic Card: ($145) (After $20 Rebate)
RAM: ($20)
Hard Drive: ($85)
Disk Drive: ($20)
Case: ($50) (After $10 Rebate)
Power Supply: ($35) (After $10 Rebate)

est. $620

$620 is very close to my budget, but that is only after rebates which I suppose is ok. But since I haven't built a computer in quite some time, and the fact that you guys must answer dozens of these post, I was hoping you all would have some ideas of lowering the cost.
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  1. Do you have a Microcenter near where you live? The one near me has an i5-2400 for $150.

    Beyond that, you're pretty close to being as cheap as you can for what you're buying. Hard drive prices are really hosed right now because of flooding in Thailand, so if you have an existing hard drive you could use for a while, that'd be a good way to save a few bucks.
  2. Your build is pretty much the best you can get at that budget. It will perform awesomely.
  3. I never count on rebates but you've done an outstanding job of squeezing a lot of performance out of $620.
    Go with it and pass up McDonalds for awhile
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