$600 Gaming Build

As it says in the title I need a $600 Gaming Build but i plan on buying it around Christmas time

A few requirements and such for this budget:

  • A monitor 
  • A keyboard (I dont care if it is a 5$ keyboard as long as it works)
  • I have a power supply already from somewhere i dont remember lol so i dont need a PSU (Thermaltake TR2 600w)
  • Id prefer mATX or mITX but if i have to ill go towards ATX.
  • I dont care about the case as long as it isnt held together by gum and sticks.
  • Wi-Fi card. 

I currently run of a "Easy Bake Oven" laptop that runs at 190 Fahrenheit (Asus X54C w/ 8gb of ram)

Thank you and please leave pc part picker links :)






I tried to make a small form factor build(seemed like what you were shooting for.  I went over a bit, after MIRs.


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor.  Pretty decent CPU for the price.

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard.  Good motherboard with WiFi.

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory.  Typical memory.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.  Your normal storage drive.  If you can find a SATA hard drive you can salvage, you can save this an upgrade the GPU to a HD 7870 or something.

GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card.  Still a great card for 1080p.

Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case.  Great budget case for the price.

Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor.  Cheap monitor, but it should work.

Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard.  8 dollar cheapy keyboard.

This is a good GPU:


Could i cannibalize my current laptop drive (Just a 5400rpm 320gb drive) and get like a Sapphire 7870 

Yeah, you could do that.


This is what i have came up with and i would be cannibalizing my laptop drive and then replace it with a 1tb drive later on http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ZXK3

And would my processor come with a cpu cooler or would i have to get a aftermarket one

If i did get a aftermarket cooler could i get a decent overclock on my processor and could i overclock my graphics card by chance?

Im also concerned by no L3 Cache on this cpu. Is it important?

Newegg had crap reviews on that RAM, so I went with the next decent branded kit.  Just a heads up.

The processor will come with a cooler, but it's only meant for stock speeds really.  If you want to overclock, I would go with a different case, like the Fractal Design Node 304 and a H60.

You can overclock your graphics card pretty easily by using a program called MSI Afterburner, or Sapphire Trixx.

Having no L3 cache won't really hurt the CPU, as I believe AMD has increased the cache in L1 and L2.

Okay well I have this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/208xd 

I dont know what i want to do for a case should i just get a black prodigy? or something else 



buy this ram now. amazing high quality ram on sale. 2400mhz cas 10. just get it now!


cpu is really good. much better than a ahtlon x4 cpu.

mobo is not the best. a 990fx board is better but 970 will do. crossfire is better on a 990fx and oc is also better on a 990fx board. have 0 experience with this mobo

ram is amazing.

500gb is enough. you can upgrade to a 1tb an it will be 3$ over your budget.

corsair 200r is good. gpu fits and build quality is good. solid case on sale. great reviews.

psu. 600watt is enough and you have room for a other gpu or upgrade to a fx 8350 or oc the fx 6300 with a 30$ cpu cooler like a t40. sapphire recommend a 600watt psu for crossfire 7870.

7870 is a 270x but a lot cheaper. it runs games pretty good. expect awesome performance with mantle.



Need Small form factor this thing is gonna be moved around a bit so id prefer a small form factor 

I personally hate the prodigy.  It's big, rocky, and expensive :P.  I have this case:


These go on sale pretty often for around 55 bucks.  If it goes on sale, snatch it up.  It's small, quiet, modular, and quite high quality.