$500 Gaming PC? [First Build]

I'm building a gaming PC for a friend (light gaming, CoD4 and Minecraft), tell me if these choices are good. Im on a very low budget, can't really go over $505.

GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 (Motherboard)

Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz (CPU)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX (Hard Drive)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin (RAM)

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM (Optical Drive

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 (Graphics card)

Rosewill R101-P-BK-450W (Case and Power Supply)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OS)

(Total with shipping and tax is $501.07) Is the Rosewill case with power supply good?
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  1. It will all work together. I have been struggling to think of a way to improve it, without increasing price, without any success. Given your budget limitation, I think you've done quite well. The performance is not going to be amazing, but short of suggesting you wait, if necessary, until you can put a bit more cash in, there's nothing constructive I can add.
  2. I think you can get way more than that for 500 dollars. Getting all your parts from the same site though ideal, will not give you the best value. Try buying from ncix.com, they have a free shipping and have generally lower prices. I have seen people fit in a pentium g850 and a hd 7750 w/ 350 antec psu (and all the other parts w/ os) for $500 even. That suggested build would be significantly better than the one you suggested. Newegg, Tigerdirect, and NCIX are all great places to buy from. I hope you enjoy your build.
  3. You could drop the 450W supply, I think, and go to something around 300-350W, I think.
  4. Problem is, it's not really $500 BUILD, it's $400 build + OS. The one thing OP's build has going for it, is that it will be reasonably easy to upgrade, a bit, when funds are easier. Loathe to suggest anything, that's going to make that more difficult, unless it gives a decent short term gain.
    One possible suggestion, if OP has access to local enthusiast site, is second hand for a better CPU and GPU. Wouldn't suggest he did that on the "open market" though.
  5. Stronger CPU (3.0Ghz and will use 1333mhz memory) and the GDDR5 version of the HD 6670 (much faster)
    the Rosewill Case/PSU combo, while not ideal is better than most and the below setup won't tax the PSU that hard so you should be ok.

    some of the NCIX prices are good only until 9/12.

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB $59.99 free shipping.
    Savings Code 63468-1219. SAVE $14.99 off our regular price of $74.98 if you buy today! Special price ends 09/12/2012. Limit 2 per customer.

    Intel Pentium Dual Core G860 Processor LGA1155 3.0GHZ 3MB Retail Box $82.98 free shipping

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM $79.99
    Savings Code 45271-1219. SAVE $19.99 off our regular price of $99.98 if you buy today! Special price ends 09/12/2012. Limit 2 per customer

    $242.95 all should ship for Free.

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204

    Rosewill R101-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x 120mm Fan, 450W Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16811147091

    MSI R6670-MD1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814127586
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
    Item #: N82E16820231396

    ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157326
    $239.95 +$14.02 Shipping =$253.97 ($15 MIR also with the GPU)
    496.92 including shipping ($15 MIR also)

    the weak part of the build is the GPU and PSU
    if you could mow a few lawns and wash a few cars +$30 gets you a much more cable GPU and the PSU should handle it just fine. you get a $15 MIR too
    HD 7770 $119 +$15 MIR
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