$600 Gaming Build - Advice would be Apprecaited

Hey guys,

I am planning to build a $600 budget gaming pc and would appreciate some advice.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 600 (After Rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Direct Canada, Newegg, NCIX, Tiger Direct, Memory Express

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Trustworthy Brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here are a list of parts I have already selected:

Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] ure=Others

Mobo + RAM:
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
Patriot Sector 5 PGV38G1333ELK 8GB DDR3 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 1.65V Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index [...] omoid=1114

Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 Power Supply

Zalman Z9 Plus Case w/ Fan Controller

Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache

Radeon HD 7770 (Need a good brand)

Some questions I have are:

What are some good brands for the Radeon HD 7770?
Are all the components compatible?

Thanks everyone!
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  1. Your links are not working. That in mind, unless your mobo+ram combo is under $120 it is not a good use of your money. For this price you should get an H61 and Gskil Ripjaws. For gpu brands, get MSI, EVGA, Gigabyte, Power Color, or a bunch of others. Also if you give me a brand name, I will tell you if it is good or not.
  2. Sapphire, Asus, XFX, most are solid brands really. Visiontek, not many people think so, is a solid brand as well. Just go with the cheapest one you can get, usually it's Sapphire which is solid.
  3. Sorry, forgot those brands.
  4. Thanks for all the replies.
    Sorry for the faulty links, but the mobo and ram combo is $119.99 after rebates, thats the only reason I am buying it.

    In terms of the Radeon HD 7770 Brand, there is a sale on the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 OC 1.1GHZ 1GB 4.5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card.

    I have read some mixed reviews about it.
    What do you think?
  5. Ehh not a fan of that Gigabyte design.
    Would opt for either XFX with their dual fan config + double life time warranty
    OR MSI's cheaper-ish price before and after rebate.
  6. One thing is that the ram is 1.65 volt. Ivy bridge works best with 1.5 volt. Here is a good series of ram.
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8 gigs $41

    Here is a good mobo

    ASUS P8H61-I Rev 3.0 mITX H61 LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 SATA2 USB3.0 HDMI DVI VGA Audio Motherboard $80

    ASUS P8H61-I Rev 3.0 mITX H61 LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 SATA2 USB3.0 HDMI DVI VGA Audio Motherboard
  7. Motherboard isn't worth $80 when it's a mini-itx that doesn't have SATA 3 and is so small that it's going to have ports blocked with a longer card.
  8. It's micro atx, not mini. Micro is bigger.
  9. Ahh I just assumed, still would be really small to work with.
  10. Micro atx is anything under 10" by 10". It is not that much smaller.
  11. Your board says mITX. That's even smaller and longer cards will start covering up SATA slots as i've seen since the PCI slots are arranged that way.
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