Moderate Gaming Platform for under $600

Hi,
This is my first time building a computer and I am unsure on what to do. I'm bit tight on cash so I would like to keep the computer under $600. I already have the OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. I am only focusing on the tower at this point. I would like to build a rig that I could eventually upgrade when i have the time and money, but for now i only want to play games like skyrim or dayz, nothing like crysis or bf3 on ultra or anything. Here is my parts list so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C2QR

I'm not sure what to look for in a power supply and case so if you could give me suggestions that would be great. If you think that you i should substitute/ switch out components those suggestions would be great too.
-david
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  1. For gaming you just need 8GB of ram, i'd get the 7850, it's a better card and it's at the same price, and it offers two games.
    My suggestion : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C35v

    This includes the case and psu.
    Get the ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758
    The card here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77797&promoid=1312

    Ncix offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.
    Included the FX-6300, it seems it fits the budget(under 600$)
    If you want an aftermarket cooler : http://www.amazon.com/Xigmatek-Computer-Heatsink-GAIA-SD1283/dp/B006ICA49G/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1360265772&sr=1-1&keywords=xigmatek
    I didn't included, because i don't know if you want to, it still goes under 600$.
  2. The MSI 970 chipset motherboards have had some failures of the VRMs . A few have burned out , and the boards have been redisigned once already with some reports that that didnt help much .

    There are similarly priced AM3+ motherboards from Asrock and Gigabyte .

    The 2.5 inch hard drive is designed for a laptop . It will be slower than a 7200 rpm 3.5 inch desk top hard drive so use one of those instead

    And djangos right about the RAM and the graphics card
  3. 7200rpm hard drive.

    what exactly is the stuff you "don't need".......... your carry over stuff..??
  4. The MSI 970A-G46 is a good board, it has the same power phases count as the asrock 970 extreme 3 or 4, the G46 has vrm protection, the 870 from msi and 970 G45, are known for high vrm failure.
    The MSI 970A-G46 is fine, in my opinion, for the features it has, it's a good board.
  5. djangoringo said:



    Im aware thats the G45 . Thats why I said the G46 has had similar issues .

    The change between the two doesnt appear to be a redesign of the VRM , but just adding a bigger heat sink
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1247627/msi-970a-g46


    With 17% of newegg reviewers giving it 1 star and reported burning and melted plastic smells you'd have to be very optimistic to consider using it
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-130-637&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo
  6. I take the newegg reviews with a massive grain of salt.
    If you see the asrock 970 extreme 3 it has 18% of 1 star : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-280&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    It doesn't mean anything.
    In the database of the vrms, there's no report of any problem with the G46, and it has a vrm protection.
  7. I read the newegg reviews , spot the ones where the poster has no idea how to build or set up a computer , and ignore them

    But I do read the ones about burning and fires very carefully
  8. Hmmmmmmmm, it seems that the problems occurring with the MoBo is a rare trend, but I tend to have bad luck on these sort of things so i'm gonna keep looking at mother boards. other that that everything looks great. Now will this be a hard install? or is that something that Ill just have to see for myself?
  9. The msi g46 is fine, don't worry about it, it's not going to be hard, with a good case like the haf 912, and with an atx standard motherboard, you'll have all the parts needed.
    If you need a guide : http://techreport.com/review/13671/how-to-build-a-pc
  10. dkstuver9441 said:
    Hi,
    This is my first time building a computer and I am unsure on what to do. I'm bit tight on cash so I would like to keep the computer under $600. I already have the OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. I am only focusing on the tower at this point. I would like to build a rig that I could eventually upgrade when i have the time and money, but for now i only want to play games like skyrim or dayz, nothing like crysis or bf3 on ultra or anything. Here is my parts list so far:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C2QR

    I'm not sure what to look for in a power supply and case so if you could give me suggestions that would be great. If you think that you i should substitute/ switch out components those suggestions would be great too.
    -david



    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $596.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 22:20 EST-0500)


    Upgradable, and under budget.
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