Gaming computer build for under $600

I am currently in the process of creating my first custom desktop with a price range of under $600.

As of right now, I'm still contemplating what parts I should buy.

Here is my current parts list:
http://gyazo.com/06632b3357f3c355cf63e268b5f92765

This computer will be used primarily for gaming purposes.

I am currently looking for suggestions on better parts for this build.

Thank you.
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  1. This would probably work better (unless you already have a HDD, the SSD would fill up fast)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $608.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:23 EDT-0400)

    If you can afford to go over a bit, then a better motherboard would be nice:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $628.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:26 EDT-0400)
  2. The Asrock 970 extreme3 should support the fx 6300 out of the box, I know for sure that the R2 version supports all the fx cpus out of the box (for only $7 more). You also don't need a 750 w power supply. You would be better off with this one for that price (higher quality):

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $59.99

    Also, paying $60 for a single 4gb ram stick when you can find 2x 4gb sets for $80 seems like a rip off.

    Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Total: $79.99


    I would probably take 8 gb ram over the SSD FYI
  3. numanator said:
    This would probably work better (unless you already have a HDD, the SSD would fill up fast)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $608.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:23 EDT-0400)

    If you can afford to go over a bit, then a better motherboard would be nice:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $628.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:26 EDT-0400)


    I currently have an old 500gb harddrive that I will also be installing into the computer.
    As for the processor, why did you swap the i3 for the 6300?
    I also will ne using my old 450W power supply for this computer.
  4. numanator said:
    The Asrock 970 extreme3 should support the fx 6300 out of the box, I know for sure that the R2 version supports all the fx cpus out of the box (for only $7 more). You also don't need a 750 w power supply. You would be better off with this one for that price (higher quality):

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $59.99

    Also, paying $60 for a single 4gb ram stick when you can find 2x 4gb sets for $80 seems like a rip off.

    Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Total: $79.99


    I would probably take 8 gb ram over the SSD FYI


    The ram I am going with is actually $45. I mis-entered the ram. (Vengeance Blue)
    I will also be using 4 GB of ram from my old computer in the computer.
    As for the the power supply, I've opted for the following:
    http://www.ncix.com/detail/corsair-cx-series-cx600m-600w-83-78577-1070.htm
    because it is modular and I will have to deal with a lot less cables.

    Thank you very much for your help.
  5. bump
  6. Well, that PSU is not very good. Honestly the 550w XFX is ALOT better quality. The Cx units from Corsair are average at very best. I had a cx600 fail in my own personal computer
  7. AKNinetySeven said:
    numanator said:
    This would probably work better (unless you already have a HDD, the SSD would fill up fast)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $608.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:23 EDT-0400)

    If you can afford to go over a bit, then a better motherboard would be nice:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $628.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:26 EDT-0400)


    I currently have an old 500gb harddrive that I will also be installing into the computer.
    As for the processor, why did you swap the i3 for the 6300?
    I also will ne using my old 450W power supply for this computer.


    What brand is the power supply?
    6300 is parallel to the i3 but since it has more cores and games are beginning to need 4 cores, the 6300 is a more viable option as the dual core of the i3 limits it especially in multiplayer games.
  8. Looks fine. Should be good for gaming in demanding games at medium settings or slightly better at 1080p.

    Also, DO NOT bump threads. Against forum rules.
  9. camohanna said:
    AKNinetySeven said:
    numanator said:
    This would probably work better (unless you already have a HDD, the SSD would fill up fast)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $608.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:23 EDT-0400)

    If you can afford to go over a bit, then a better motherboard would be nice:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.78 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($177.05 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $628.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:26 EDT-0400)


    I currently have an old 500gb harddrive that I will also be installing into the computer.
    As for the processor, why did you swap the i3 for the 6300?
    I also will ne using my old 450W power supply for this computer.


    What brand is the power supply?
    6300 is parallel to the i3 but since it has more cores and games are beginning to need 4 cores, the 6300 is a more viable option as the dual core of the i3 limits it especially in multiplayer games.


    The brand of the power supply is Enermax.
  10. Which Enermax PSU do you have specifically? Many of their units are trash. I recommend you get a quality unit. The PSU is the most important part of the PC by far.
  11. EG465P-VE
  12. Decent unit but it is OLD and should be DEFINITELY replaced FOR SURE.
  13. What would occur if I were to re-use it for my new setup?
  14. If it failed it could easily fry every single component in the computer. As I said the PSu is 10000% the most important part of a PC and the last thing to EVER be cheaped out on.
  15. Would this be a good power supply unit to use for my setup?
    http://www.ncix.com/detail/apex-allied-al-d500exp-500w-power-54-45267-1469.htm
  16. No it's trash. AWFUL.

    Stick with Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair (not CX, CS, RM)
  17. The PSU I put in the build is basically the bare minimum I would recommend (it is corsair's budget psu).
  18. This is currently the new setup that I'm going with:
    http://gyazo.com/ed5aa7d104fd5b905c4f41745132485a

    When I have this setup, I receive the error, "Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs."

    Is this a real issue that I have to worry about?
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