First Gaming Computer on a small budget

Hello guys I am new to computers and I have recently gotten into computer games a lot more. I would like to be able to play games like Minecraft (maybe GTA 5) screen record and Skype all at the same time. Here are a few important notes:
I have never built a pc before
My budget is $500
I don't know a lot about what makes a component "good"

Here is what I have so far:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

EVGA 02G-P3-1527-KR GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 2GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

IN WIN MANA137 Black SEEC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI 870A-G46 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

I have a mouse and keyboard, along with Windows 7, a screen and speakers.

Please let me know if all of these parts are compatible or if I should get different parts in my price range.
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  1. i would think about swpping out the HD for:
    Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB $73.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148766

    320 gig should be enough unless your installing a butt load of apps/games.

    then use the $60 saved to get a better GPU like AT LEAST:
    HIS iCooler H775F1GD Radeon HD 7750 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403

    a 7770 would be sooooo much better:
    GIGABYTE GV-R777D5-1GD Radeon HD 7770 $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125416

    if you are willing to switch to an intel rig, we can talk more but i will not try to convince you unless your interested in the differences. you got a nice rig, for an AMD :lol:
  2. the 520 is not a gaming card, it is more for watching hd video. you need nore like the 7750 mentioned above or a gtx550Ti minimum. You would need a 500 watt psu as well for these cards.
  3. I will probably get a smaller hard drive and upgrade it in the future. Those video cards looked good so I might spend more money there. I have not looked much at Intel because of the prices, but I would be open to suggestions.
  4. Sixmo said:
    I will probably get a smaller hard drive and upgrade it in the future. Those video cards looked good so I might spend more money there. I have not looked much at Intel because of the prices, but I would be open to suggestions.

    seriously the gpu is the most important part of gaming, more so that the cpu in many instances. you would benefit greatly getting a 7770 over the 520.

    and to honest a i3 or even a pentium G820 will hang with that PII x4. however since you skype and record while gaming a quad would make it seamless. and i really get sick of the "dual core suck get a quad" ignorant responses that would provoke :p

    though i know that PC power and cooling PSU will handle your rig with a 7770. full load, system power:
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Roundups/Sapphire_XFX_HD_7770/15.html
  5. Based on these suggestions I have decided to go with a smaller hard drive, a GIGABYTE GV-R777D5-1GD Radeon HD 7770 video card and a OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply. Does anyone have tips on building a PC, like discharge yourself during the build?
  6. though more for troubleshooting after the build, its a good guide to get familiar with prior:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-steps-posting-post-boot-video-problems
  7. Looks good now. Have fun!
  8. Thanks for the replies everyone! :D I will post back if I have any trouble with the build.
  9. Spend 6 bucks and get an anti-static wrist strap. Some people think they are worthless or have done hundreds of builds without one, but since you may be new at this and want some peace of mind it is worth the 6 bucks.
  10. woha.

    you want to game on a 520 ? good luck.

    $500 build:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.915551
    $180 mobo + i3 2120 combo deal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023
    430W PSU (thermaltake), $22 with rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233034
    cheapest case on the market, $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236079
    cheapest HD, $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820576002 x2
    8Gb ram, $36
    any DVDRW .. about $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
    XFX 6870 custom cooling , $159 after rebate.

    you are welcome.

    FYI - you can get a lot more for slightly over $600; better PSU (another $30), a 240Gb SSD (mushkin chronos, $130 extra - no HD), better case (the last extra $40). 2120 is perfectly fine as a CPU, just not the monster that the 2500k is when you OC.

    or ($600 budget) you could grab a 3570k bundle, avoid buying a GPU altogether and use the IGP.
  11. here's a "work in progress" gaming PC build:

    Product Description Savings Total Price


    LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136247
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $17.99


    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817171031
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$3.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $52.99
    $49.99


    G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT
    Item #: N82E16820231421
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $19.99


    ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157304
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $109.99
    $99.99


    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Item #: N82E16819116504
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $249.99
    1

    Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $20.00
    Item #: N82E168GC000001
    Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.



    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Recover Your Data(expand for options)
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811139011
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    -$8.00 Combo
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $179.98
    $151.98

    Subtotal: $589.93

    it's fully functional, yet "missing" some pieces. (it relies on the pretty good 4000 series IGP)

    you will eventually need:

    1) a mushkin chronos enhanced (240Gb SSD, 550mb r/w)
    2) a GPU (560 from $150, 7850 from $190, etc..)
    3) a CM 212EVO

    the upside is that you get zero "absolute crap" components. the downside is that it's more expensive. the difference in build quality you get going from $600 to $700 is impressive though.
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