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1st build. cheap($500) build. help appreciated

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December 27, 2012 11:55:13 PM

I apologize if this is in the wrong place.

Basically, I'm looking to start pc gaming, mostly rpgs(Guild Wars 2, WoW, Path Of Exile, Elder Scrolls Online) and I don't really plan on overclocking or playing everything on super duper ultra max settings but I would like medium/high.

I've watched a few videos about building a budget/entry level gaming rig and I've got a list that I feel is pretty good. But I thought before I take the leap I'd come here and see if I'm doing something wrong and get some help/suggestions.



Here's my list(remember $500 or less):

Case - Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX - $40

CPU - Pentium G860 - $68(From what I've read Intel seems to be the way to go with CPUs but any suggestions for AMD are welcome)

MoBo - GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 - $50(This I'm not so sure about. I like that it's cheap but if I would like to upgrade to a better CPU or get brave enough to OC I feel like there's better out there. I just don't know what to look for)

Ram - Corsair XMS3 4GB - $22

GPU - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition - $120

Power Supply - Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w - $40(If I don't need this much power please recommend better)

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB - $55

DVD/CD - Sony Optiarc - $20

OS - Windows 7 - $92
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Total: $507



Again, any suggestions are appreciated and thank you for reading.
December 28, 2012 12:53:09 AM

Hi. Everything looks compatible. The Micro ATX motherboard fits inside that Micro ATX case but I'm sure you know it won't support an upgrade to a larger ATX one. Is that one stick of memory or two? If two, you might think about getting 4GB stick now so you can add another 4 later since the board only has two slots. I believe the HD 7770 is $105 after rebate on Newegg. You can save money with a better PSU here:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ($25 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want more power and cables for future upgrades, go with this one:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ($30 after promo code and rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: I forgot to add that you won't be able to overclock with that motherboard but you will be able to upgrade to a better CPU.
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