First PC Build for Gaming & Video Editing, <$600

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas

Budget Range: Looking for around $500, less than $600 preferably

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Programming, Surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except case and Optical Drive, I'm using a Cooler Master Elite 360 and some OD I had laying around.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, (They have some pretty low prices but idk if they're reliable)

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: If budget permits, an Intel i5 but I'd be cool with an AMD Quad Core. I was looking at the new GTX 650 ti since it's small and fairly powerful and cheap. Lastly, any 8gb of ram will suffice.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I will be playing Guild Wars 2 mostly and maybe some Battlefield 3 (I also have a mouse and keyboard).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm using a Gateway NV53 notebook from 2009 and it's not quite doing the job

So far this is what I have for my build:

Graphics/Video Card: EVGA GTX 650 Ti

CPU: Intel i5 3470 (probably being unrealistic here :P) or Phenom II X4 965 BE

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

That leaves me without a Motherboard, PSU, RAM, and cooling fans.

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  1. Do you have a microcenter near by? if so then an i5 is even more affordable.

    PSU 60

    ram +mobo 140

    I think this is a few $ more then 600 but its a build with the i5 and the psu has a rebate which would put it under.
  2. tiny voices said:

    I already have the case and optical drive :/
  3. And I have a Micro Center about 30 mins away. Can I have some more input about the graphics card? It's fairly new so I haven't seen much input about it.

    Fixed for you! Better GPU and Power supply.
  5. a 650Ti is only like 20 dollars less than a 7850 which will be A LOT better.
  6. Don't think a 7850 would fit in the Cooler Master 360 so any suggestions for a case?
  7. cooler master 430. its 39.99 and a great case!
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