Hello! Check Please? Help! Low budget first time gaming rig build!

Hello there!

I am pretty new to building my computer but I think I have pretty much figured it out but I want some of the old hands to help me out and just check my handy work and that I haven't forgot something or made a serious mistake before I purchase. I am building this pc primarily to have a gaming pc on a budget. I am happy with mid range graphics on demanding games. I think it will do the job but if someone feels like I have made a big problem please show me the errors of my ways. Also, already own a 650 watt power supply and I am getting windows 7 again. Also, no optical drive needed. Any and all suggestions are welcome! And thank you ahead of time! I'm sitting around the total of $500 dollars for a finished product.

Thanks,
David (The Greenhorn)


G452-8442 ::GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+ FX ATX Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2000MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready(0.45 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2932738&sku=G452-8442

TSD-500ST ::Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 500GB, SATA-6G, 7200, 16MB(0.15 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1083959&sku=TSD-500ST

K24-9599 ::Kingston Hyper X Beast KHX16C9T3K2/8X 8GB Memory Module Kit - 1600MHz, 2 x 4GB, DDR3, CL9, DIMM, XMP(0.5 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7447454&sku=K24-9599

E145-0650 ::EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot(1.6 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4501123&sku=E145-0650

A79-6100 ::AMD FD6100WMGUSBX FX-6100 Processor - Six Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 6MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket AM3+, 95W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(1.25 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1239961&sku=A79-6100

R12-42404 ::Raygo T2 Mid Tower Computer Case - ATX/MicroATX, 4x 5.25" Bays, 6x 3.5" Bays, 2x Fan Ports, 2x USB 2.0, 7x PCI Slots, 2x Audio Ports, Tool-Less(10.85 lbs)
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  1. I recommend MSI 970A-G46 if your PSU have ATX 8-pin or ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 if your PSU have ATX 4-pin.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.16 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $497.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 09:44 EDT-0400)

    This will be much better. What brand is the PSU you have?
    This build has a better CPU/motherboard/case and a much better GPU.
  3. I'm sorry! I actually have a 500 watt psu and I have a diablotek PSDA500 and this build looks awesome but the $500 dollar budget has to include my os, so I guess I should say a $410 dollar budget with a little flex, like $20. Anywhere that could flex but still be respectable?
  4. Well, Diablotek is an awful PSU company. I wouldn't recommend using that PSU in anything. It likely makes no more than 400w and has no protection circuit. Its junk. I'm sorry. You want a unit from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

    This is about $40 over budget:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.16 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $539.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 10:15 EDT-0400)
  5. Cool! Thank you sooo much! I have never seen that website either. That is pretty sweet. How capable do you think this build will be to run newer games? Just out of curiosity.
  6. At, 1080p, it will game at medium settings.
  7. Koooo. Thank you! And sorry but how do I give you credit for the answer?
  8. Select me as the 'Best Answer'. Thanks! I'm always glad to be able to help.
  9. Ok, I'm ignorant and I've been looking for this best answer button and I must be missing it. *holds head in shame*
  10. Its the 'Pick as the Solution' button.
  11. I was playing around with that website you posted from and I just wanted to ask what you thought about this build. I'm trying to learn as well about building and I really want more cores or is that just a waste of money?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.42 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $507.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 15:09 EDT-0400)

    or this one...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.50 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.16 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $456.61
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 14:56 EDT-0400)
  12. The i3 is superior to the 965BE. More cores does not mean faster or better. I would buy a new PSU. The Diablotek is crap and will likely fail and take your components with it. I recommend the i3 build I posted.
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