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$550 Budget Gaming Rig, first build

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October 7, 2012 7:06:23 AM

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($36.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $521.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I'm just checking to see if this build would be all good to go, or if any of you have suggestions on what to replace. Preferably, keeping the GPU. Mostly unsure about the whole system's wattage requirements, as some people on Reddit told me to upgrade from a 6950 2GB to the 7850 2GB as it's a little more expensive but more powerful and energy efficient. It was either that, or invest more into the PSU.

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October 7, 2012 7:12:10 AM

Great job, everything fits.
I would change the PSU cause Raidmax kinda sucks. Please get one from a more reputable manufacturer.
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October 7, 2012 7:23:56 AM

Alright, I'll keep that in mind. I'm going to look for better manufacturers, because I know Raidmax isn't the greatest, but what kind of wattage am I going to need? I'm already too close to my budget for comfort; I want to stay under $600 with tax.
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October 7, 2012 7:56:00 AM

Found room for an SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL Pristine 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $564.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 7, 2012 8:05:36 AM

The SSD is a great idea.
Though I think he needed $550 before rebates(judging from the grand total of his list before rebates were accounted for).
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