I am new to gaming PC builds, so to me this sounds pretty powerful. Suggestions will be awesome.
Here's what I have planned:
MSI 760GM-E51 (FX) AMD Micro ATX Motherboard = $63 from Newegg
-AM3+ CPU slot (125W CPU support)
-four 240 pin DDR3 800/1066/1333 RAM slots
-ATI Radeon 3000 on-board graphics
-on-board HDMI, DVI and VGA display ports
-32GB max supported RAM
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi Quad Core Processor = $105 from Newegg
-3.6GHz (3.8GHz turbo)
-2 x 2MB L2 cache
-8MB L3 cache
-64 bit supported
-heat sink and fan are included (according to ad)
Force3D AMD ATI Radeon HD 6450 graphics card = $60 from Amazon
-2GB DDR3 video memory
-HDMI, DVI, and VGA display connectors
-PCI-E 2.0 x16
-HD 1080p supported
-supports dual monitor set up
Cool Power Gamer Series CP-G880 power supply = $44 from Amazon
-20+4 main power connector
-w/ SATA, PCIe, and dual +12V rails
-blue LED fan
-880W max output
My personal out look between a Full Tower & a Mid Tower is, cable management, air flow, Upgrade space, etc.
I personally Love Full ATX Towers because of the amount of Fans (airflow) that I can add, The cable management is really good, I can add alot of eye candy without taking up much space, some Full towers can hold 5-11 HDD's, plus they can hold the larger mother boards.
It's really based on personal preference on which is better.
Oh the sheer size of the case too : D
To OP: What are you looking to do with the rig? Gaming, general use, video editing, image editing?
Something like this will give good performance for value as well as be pretty stable and leave some money for the OS
If you want something more upgrable, spend 40+ for bigger PSU and double mb price for mb (but this boardis good enough if not overlcocking or corssfiring)
Why? I bought the CX430 and my fan is noisy. I'm not the only one. This PSU has one 6-pin and one 8-pin (6 + 2) for the graphics card. The HD7850 recommended requires just the 6-pin.
CPU info: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-cpu-review-overclo...
*It's actually quite difficult to build an optimal $600 gaming system. Should you spend more on the CPU and less on the graphics? I thought about the i3-2120 or FX-4100 but then I had to get a cheaper graphics card. It's also going to vary by the game... Sigh.
**Be sure to verify all the parts fit, but I think you're good.**
- Corsair 200R case
- Antec 520C PSU
- *recommend considering FX-4100 and the Asus AM3+ motherboard linked
- No BUDGET for Windows listed. Hope that wasn't included in the budget as making a $500 gaming PC is almost impossible. Recommend Windows 8 64-bit OEM (about $85) and Start8 (bypasses the new StartScreen and brings back the Start Menu.)
Prefer the g2120 over the 4100 since the 4100 is last gen (the g2120 is ivy and cheaper
So comparing to the FX is unfair (in gaming the g2120 should be close to the i3 3220 in gaming performance (mostly dual threaded games))
At least the 4130(it is actually a vishera despite its model number)
Good suggestions about the PSU and MB if OP is willing to go above his budget a bit
Well, if my plans work out, my $500 budget could easily turn into a $1000 budget.
I'm going to take into consideration about the Asus board that PhotonBoy recommended, but I would like to stay in the AM3+ socket area. If i do get a higher budget, I will get the FX-8100 (8-core @ 3.6GHz) processor.
What card should I get for gaming then? GTS 450? Or a Sapphire Radeon HD 5770? Or something else? I'm looking for a cheaper than $200 graphics card if I can increase my budget, but if I'm stuck at a $600 budget, I would need less than $100 (can go a LITTLE over) for a decent graphics card.
As far as OS, my brother is attending a college computer programming class, and he can get his hands on a Windows OS for DIRT cheap. If he won't get me one, I have a friend who says that he has a friend who works for Microsoft and can get an OS for about $40.