Good Budget gamer rig for $550, just needs looking over

This is what I have picked out, just need verifying by a pro that all this will play nice together.

Case $40

500 gig Seagate $85

Corsair 500w PSU $60

4gig G.Skill Ripjaws Ram $22

Asrock Mobo $55

MSI GTX 550Ti $130

Intel Corei3 2120 AND Dvd Burner $136

Also, this PCI Express wireless-N adapter $25

one more question as it's my first build- does the CPU come with thermal paste or do I need to buy that?

Much thanks all!
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  1. Its a good build. The CPU Cooler from box come with thermal paste.
  2. Everything looks ok except you will get better performance from two stick of RAM instead of one, since your board is dual channel,

    Go with this for 4GB:

    Or upgrade to 8GB:

    Both are on the approved memory list on ASRock's website

    I would also consider grabbing a couple extra fans for some good air flow (one in front at least)
  3. The SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 is only $134 at newegg. This is a better card than the 550ti
  4. 6850 would be better indeed.
  5. For your build the 500w Corsair is fine, but a little overkill. You can save a little by using the 430w.
  6. omg thanks for all these keen suggestions!!!
  7. the 6850 would definitely like the 500w psu more wouldn't it?

    "Recommended Power Supply

    Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

    Radeon HD 6850 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply unit.
    Radeon HD 6870 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit."

    set me straight?
  8. ^ i just mean a 430w is too low right?
  9. Go with one of the cheaper 550Tis. For that price a Radeon 6850 is a much better buy

    You could even get a 6790 which is a little faster and cheaper than that 550Ti as are some of the GTX 460s.
  10. The december SBM $600 build had an Antec Earthwatts 430 on an i5-2400 and a 6870, so the 430w would be fine for an i3-2120 and a 6850.
  11. Look here for all of your wattage calculating needs.
  12. of the way said:
    Look here for all of your wattage calculating needs.

    According to using this calculator, subbing in the 6870 for the 550ti, you are only using 407 watts.

    So yes the 430w Corsair should be fine. You can upgrade to the 500w if you want too.
  13. Or you could get an Antec Earthwatts 380w + a cheap HD 6850. Tom's used to build their budget rig with those parts.
  14. good luck on that build!
  15. thanks thanks thanks, I'll NEED that luck, it's my FIRST build.
  16. Looks good.Good luck.
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