$600-650 gaming pc build

I am 100% new to the pc world and want to make the switch from consoles. I have very limited knowledge and would like some input on the parts list from you guys because you all seem very informed. You will notice that the parts list lacks a hard drive and an optical drive, that is because I already have a 500 gb WD Caviar Blue hard drive and an optical drive. The rest of the parts list is as follows:

-COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

-ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

-CORSAIR CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

-PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1600-X9

-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 

-ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I'm thinking that I could use an upgrade in either the ram department or the motherboard. Also is the CPU cooler neccessary, I really have no idea if it is, just seemed like a good idea. Thanks in advance for any and all help!

Most bang for the buck:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/14B09

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
  • Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.63 @ Amazon)
  • Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Total: $660.57

Thanks, I will defintively check out that combination

The CPU cooler is mandatory if you want to overclock. If you dont, then you can use the stock cooler.

Here is a build I made. More powerful CPU. The GPU I used is ever so slightly better than the 7850, but it has 3gb of ram so it gives you a little future proofing for games.

This build has more CPU power and GPU power

Total $606

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/14Bfy

Now if you can spend a little more I would recommend these replacements in order of importance:

  1. replace the gtx 660 with a AMD 7950
  2. Get 64 gb (or more) SSD to install windows to
  3. that CPU cooler would be good to get more performance from the CPU
  4. 8 gb of ram (4 is good for gaming, but 8 gigs is better for future proofing and other tasks)
  5. additional case fans for better cooling.

Thanks for all the info

Sorry I missed the part about the no HD or DVD drive needed, so I adjusted to get you a better system:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/14Ko0

  • CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
  • Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.05 @ Newegg)
  • Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Total: $659.94

Things of note:

  • CPU is 8 core and will do just fine, especially if you want to do some streaming and just about any multitasking.
  • Mobo supports front USB 3.0 ports (if you have a case that supports this, which I've listed below)
  • RAM is fast at stock voltage (1.5v) and also has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you can have just about any aftermarket CPU HSF.
  • GPU performs at 7950 speeds, but at a 7870 price!
  • Case has 2 x front USB 3.0 ports and can handle just about any GPU out on the market.
  • PSU can handle any single GPU out on the market and will last for several builds (5 yr. warranty)¬†