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First time building a gaming rig. 500$ Budget

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December 7, 2012 2:27:09 AM

So, as the titles says this is my first time building a gaming rig or any pc for that matter. I know pretty much how each part works but I don't really know any good combinations(like which cpu goes good with which gpu). So this is what I have so far for my 500$ rig.

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W
Cpu Cooler: Stock (I do plan on upgrading to the i5 2500k and overclocking so any good cpu coolers will do)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3P LGA 1155
Ram: ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Graphics: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1557-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti ( I plan on running two of these in SLI later)
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM
Optical: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner
Case: N/A
Power Supply: N/A

The reason why I haven't put anything for the case is becuz while the cases I found did have good airflow they had terrible cable management. I also didn't put anything for the power supply becuz I don't want to get anything thats way more then I need. I'd appreciate if someone could review what I have so for and recommend some good stuff for the budget. Thnx in advance (Also nothing AMD please as I'm going for Intel only)
December 7, 2012 2:56:38 AM

$500 is a really tight budget
But I tried my best to get you the best quality and capability of upgrading in the future
The total is over $500...
I would save up at least to $600 to $700, more choices

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M7E 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $540.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 23:54 EST-0500)
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December 8, 2012 4:41:59 PM

I think if going Intel I'd try to squeeze at least an i3 in there.
December 8, 2012 4:47:19 PM

I'd shop at micro center if you have one close to you. I got that asrock z77 extreme3 for 50 some dollars and a 3750 for 169.99. Micro center has some good deals on motherboard/cpu bundles. Not to mention I got corsair vengeance 1600Mhz 8gig kit for 37.00 there to. dvd-rw sata drive was 17.50 after tax.