First Computer Build

Okay, so I am looking to build my first computer, a gaming computer, on around a $600 budget, not including the monitor and OS. Here's what I have picked out so far, any suggestions, comments, concerns or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Case - Apevia X-Cruiser2 Metal Mid-Tower Case
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4776230&pagenumber=1&RSort=1&csid=ITD&recordsPerPage=5&body=#ReviewStart

CPU - AMD FD4100WMGUSBX FX-4100 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 2MB L2 Cache, 3.60GHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1372438&CatId=7341

Hard Drive - Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=744346&CatId=2459

Memory/RAM - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=40739&CatId=4534

Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 AMD 9 Series AM3+ Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=779339&CatId=7248

Power Supply - Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2 Builder Series™ CX600 Power Supply - 600W
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=422166&CatId=5432

Graphics/Video Card - HIS H679F1GD Radeon HD 6790 Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=365478&CatId=7005

DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1387814&CatId=1624
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  1. If you plan on overclocking the processor, you will need an aftermarket cooler. However, that ram will interfere with most. Get the standard profile Vengeance.

    The Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus is a good and reasonably inexpensive cooler that works well.

    If you are looking to save a few bucks, you might also check pricing at Newegg.com and Amazon.com.
  2. If I were you, I would go for a high end I-3 or I-5. It is slightly more expensive but worth it. You would make up this difference with a similar quality H-67 mobo for around $70 at Newegg. Also Best Buy has a great deal on ram right now. It is 2x4 gig strips at 1600 MHz for only $22.
  3. adgjlsfhk said:
    If I were you, I would go for a high end I-3 or I-5. It is slightly more expensive but worth it. You would make up this difference with a similar quality H-67 mobo for around $70 at Newegg. Also Best Buy has a great deal on ram right now. It is 2x4 gig strips at 1600 MHz for only $22.


    I'd definitely second going for an i3-2120 over an FX-4100. However I'm not sure I'd trust buying RAM from Best Buy - it depends on what brand it is.

    One thing I will say is that Apevia cases are absolute crap. I had one - the front USB ports shattered, the LED temperature gauge never worked, and the LED lights on the door eventually fell off. I chucked it for a Cooler Master HAF 912 and I don't regret that purchase one bit.

    Try this for a better $600 build:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99 ($20.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $127.99
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz 1.5V - $44.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $84.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: XFX Double D 6790 - $139.99 ($15.00 MIR)

    Total: $667.92 - $45.00 MIR = $622.92
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