Total newb build plan.

Hey all,

So here is the deal guys.... I have decided to give building my own rig a tryout. I am on a very tight budget of 500 dollars max, OS not included. It will mainly be used for gaming with a little bit of multitasking, mp3's, and movies. Like the title says i am a total newb looking for all and any suggestions for this build. It would be great if there could be some upgrade room available in this build also. I know with a budget like this its going to be hard to get a great gaming machine, so i am just asking for the best bang for my buck.

Thanks guys.
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    This build should play most games on high to max settings. It has room to SLI on the board, but if and when you do so, you will need to get a bigger power supply.
    If you have any questions, just ask.
    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

    Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)

    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)

    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)

    Total: $488.49

    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    Note: Cost is $538 before rebates.
  2. as for the hdd i would suggest getting a caviar black.
    blue is very good but you will see better performance out of a caviar black.
  3. I appreciate all of the help guys. I am looking into all of this.
  4. Best answer selected by cgib2320.
  5. No problem!
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