$600 gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website: none

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 would be great

Additional Comments: the only thing I care about is gaming performance. Athetics, noise, vibration, refurb, or open box I dont care as long as it work. Thanks a lot!

This is what I was thinking so far:

cpu http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0359809

mobo http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387326

ram http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0353218

CASE and PSU http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0357902

hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

dvd writer http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373569

wireless card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166021

gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405

total = 580

(I would like to use this money for an extra fan or two)

What do you guys think?
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  1. and this
    cpu cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064

    my other question is, is the cpu and the gpu relatively balanced? Like will one bottleneck the other?
  2. Never get a case with a power supply with it.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361422

    Get a case without a power supply and put ^ with it.

    You don't need a CPU cooler for a i3-2120.

    No bottleneck.

    Case: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0355148
  3. That looks like you got a lot of good prices at the Micro-Center and you are able to put together a decent gaming rig. The cpu that you chose has hyperthreading so it's just like having a quad core and the ghz is over 3ghz so you shouldn't have a bottleneck from the video card. I do question $20 ram though and if it's at all possible to get a good brand name and at 1600mhz would be good . You can always add another set of the same later if needed.

    CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2B1600C9
    $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145339

    I know that your on a low tight budget but if you can swing this set and add another later then you'll have a good ram setup.
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