Good Budget Gaming PC?

I've been wanting a gaming computer for a while and trying to get cheap but good, high quality parts. I've found one that I can make for just above $450. Is this computer as good as I can get without getting low performance or low quality parts?

Specs of PC that I might build:

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD3+ 

CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 550 Black Edition 3.1 GHz 

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 

GPU: Sappire 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Ed. 1GB 

PSU: Raidmax Hybrid 2 RX-530SS 530w

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200RPM

Disk Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner


TOTAL: $483.90

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.97 @ Outlet PC) 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)

Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.73 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.13 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $499.78

I think you should go with a 7770 ghz edition. that will shave off some bucks on cooper's build and you stay around your budget.

Is there a big difference in performance between the two?

from the 7770 to the 7850 there is a massive performance boost!

Yes like nigth and day

i'm just saying that he could downgrade and stay in budget and he would still be able to enjoy games on high with a good fps. with this budget, i would imagine he's pretty limited to how far he can stetch his budget.

Does the amount of MHz make any difference?

The amount of Mhz in what the ram,video card or the cpu?

Sorry the video cards. Some of the 7850's have around 800MHz and the 7770 has 1GHz+

How about this:

Can I get to $400 without loosing performance or a case without being able to put wires through the back?

The 7850 is better than the 7770 is most ways. don't worry about the core clock. just think about CPUs and GPUs is that the higher the number, the better the performance. 

use the permalink. you're taking us to our own builds lol

the 7770 will never get anywhere near a hd7850 so it dosent matter that the hd 7770 has a higher clock speed.

The hd 7770 only has a tiny 128 bit memory bus where as the hd 7850 has a huge 256bit memory bus.

It only makes i differnce if you compare like for like cards ie hd7770 vs hd7770 (differnt brands or oc vershons)


Fucking beautiful. I dont think you can get a better rig for that price. this will do you justice believe me.

and thanks zach for the fix

this is the way to go .

Dont skimp on the psu that one HEC 585W ATX12V is likely to kill your pc at least get a 80+ psu 

o shit didn't even notice. you can downgrade to a rosewill redbone case and upgrade to an 80 plus certified power supply.

I changed the power supply but is there a case under $40 with USB 3?