Building a ~600 Dollar Gaming / Music Production PC

Hey, so Christmas is approaching and soon afterwards boxing day! I wanted to take advantage of the accompanying sales and build my first PC, for specifically gaming and audio production. I'd like to try and keep the core build around 600 dollars, as I need to buy some not terrible speakers, a monitor, and other things to accompany my computer.

I've come up with a list of parts that I think work for my purposes. I'd just like help to make sure that they're all compatible, that they're sufficient for my purposes, that I'm not missing out on something far better for a similar price, and that I'm not missing anything for my computer.

CORE PARTS;
Case 59.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156261
or 79.99 - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71144
Processor 234.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-116-504&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=gaming#scrollFullInfo
Harddrive 109.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
8gb Ram 34.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
Motherboard 101.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131841
Power Supply 54.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
Dvd Drive 18.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031
GPU 169.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131482
OTHERS
Wi-Fi Adapter 14.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815645002
Bluetooth Adapter 21.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833242001
Speakers - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116043

*Just for the sake of saying, I am very loosely following this build > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX_QxnuG1XM
This is because his tutorial will be the one I am following when I build this PC. [=
Tutorial;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSNz6VVpWI8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oUgvGpkjiI

Yeah, any of any kind that anyone would be willing to give would be appreciated. Right now the core build i've come up with is a bit more expensive than I'd like, so any help cutting down the cost even by a little would be fantastic. Anything I buy unfortunately is limited to newegg.ca, amazon.ca ect. since I don't believe newegg.com ships to Canada. If anyone knows, does Newegg have boxing day/week sales? Just something I'm looking out for.

Thanks!
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  1. kraahkan said:
    Hey, so Christmas is approaching and soon afterwards boxing day! I wanted to take advantage of the accompanying sales and build my first PC, for specifically gaming and audio production. I'd like to try and keep the core build around 600 dollars, as I need to buy some not terrible speakers, a monitor, and other things to accompany my computer.

    I've come up with a list of parts that I think work for my purposes. I'd just like help to make sure that they're all compatible, that they're sufficient for my purposes, that I'm not missing out on something far better for a similar price, and that I'm not missing anything for my computer.

    CORE PARTS;
    Case 59.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156261
    or 79.99 - http://ncix.com/products/?sku=71144
    Processor 234.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-116-504&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=gaming#scrollFullInfo
    Harddrive 109.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
    8gb Ram 34.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
    Motherboard 101.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131841
    Power Supply 54.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    Dvd Drive 18.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031
    GPU 169.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131482
    OTHERS
    Wi-Fi Adapter 14.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815645002
    Bluetooth Adapter 21.99 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833242001
    Speakers - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116043

    *Just for the sake of saying, I am very loosely following this build > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX_QxnuG1XM
    This is because his tutorial will be the one I am following when I build this PC. [=
    Tutorial;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSNz6VVpWI8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oUgvGpkjiI

    Yeah, any of any kind that anyone would be willing to give would be appreciated. Right now the core build i've come up with is a bit more expensive than I'd like, so any help cutting down the cost even by a little would be fantastic. Anything I buy unfortunately is limited to newegg.ca, amazon.ca ect. since I don't believe newegg.com ships to Canada. If anyone knows, does Newegg have boxing day/week sales? Just something I'm looking out for.

    Thanks!


    This post is two weeks after your first post, hope I'm not too late.

    First off, you have a "k" processor, which means you pay more money for an unlocked multiplier, which in turn means much better overclocking (which means more future-proof and performance in gaming). But you can only overclock if your motherboard has a Z77 chipset. Your motherboard choice is H77. You have to options: either drop down to a slightly cheaper locked "non-k" CPU or buy the cheapest Z77 mobo you can find, which I would recommend. Something like the MSI Z77A-G41 for $70.

    You're kind of skimping on your video card, so keep in mind that you may need an upgrade at some point.

    NCIX has great Boxing Day sales that last through New Year btw.

    Demanding on how serious you are about audio production, you may want a dedicated sound card (motherboards usually come with one built in). Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but for audio production a decent gaming rig can handle everything, other than the sound card stitch. Also, instead of getting $90 speakers I highly recommend getting the best headphones for the same price.

    That's all I got to say, so good luck! And don't forget to set aside funds for audio production software and games. Plus the operating system. And a media keyboard.
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