I'm clearly missing other things like the Case, PSU, HDD, RAM, Coolers, and CD/DVD.
I mainly need help because I don't know what to choose, and I wanna make sure my system doesn't over-heat.
I don't understand anything about what a good case has, PSUs, and Coolers, and I don't need that much spare. I have 218 GB
on this laptop, and I still have 174 GB left.
The reason this is difficult even though there is A LOT of information out there, is that I do not want to give up on parts
that directly affect performance, such as the cpu, gpu, and the motherboard (for later upgrades)
My total budget is $650 after rebates, maybe $700 before rebates TOPS.
Please help me finish my first project with a $150 ~ $175 budget !
Go to this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-ove... on this site and you will see which parts they have used. These guys on tomshardware.com are doing a wonderful job and I too referred from the same page in collecting parts for my gaming PC.
Though you have not asked, but I would advise you to cut down on the price of the processor and purchase a better GPU instead, it will boost you gaming performance by a big margin.
CPU: Intel i5 3570K
MOB: Biostar TZ77XE4
GPU: HiS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X 1GB
PSU: SEASONIC M12II 620W Bronze
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
HDD: Western Digital WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Case: Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Total: $730 ~ $760
A bit over-budget, but I didn't want to cut back on a good high end CPU.
Got a great deal at Micro center: 3570K + TZ77XE4 for $301.68