New gaming rig, ~$600

Hey guys, i'm building a low end gaming pc. I'd like it to be under $600, and not exactly. My requirements are high/ultra settings on bf3, and high settings on far cry 3. Medium settings for both are okay. Playing at 35+fps

I'm mainly following the tek syndicate $650 epic rig guide

These are the parts i'm choosing:

CASE: NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case (huehueuhueuheu its so beautiful, this is the only thing i can't take out)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin (lol if my case is blue, might as well make my ram blue)

PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550w Power Supply (it's cheap, but I don't know about its quality)

MOBO: MSI AM3 USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s 890GX Chipset AMD Motherboard 890GXM-G65 (following the build)

GPU: A geforce 560 ti card, I don't know which though, I'd prefer a cheap one

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHZ Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

DRIVE: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)


That comes up to about roughly $430 from amazon, but I'd like to know which websites sell each product for the cheapest if possible.

Not to mention its $430 + the graphics card and windows. damn you windows 7, considering pirating it but I dunno if I can.

EDIT: huehuehuehuehue, found this seems pretty damn cheap to me but i don't know if i can get it for cheaper. and no, none of that student stuff lol.

And thats about it, thanks in advance guys.



Tip #1. Get a better PSU, anything corsair, seasonic, OCZ, or XFX.

The rest should be fine, but I'm not sure about it playing BF3 and FC3 on High.

alrighty then, that bumps it up to about 455 + graphics card and windows

So this is about it, not bad if I do say myself but i'm quite sure I can somehow lower the price without affecting the performance.. much.

Get a better pcu and also at LEAST a AMD radeon 7870. 

Would you like to overclock your CPU? If no, then your build looks fine. If yes, than you're going to want a different motherboard. Take a look at this:

Cheapest mobo that's good for overclocking i could find is this one:

Also, any particular reason why you want a 560 ti? It looks overpriced at $180. For that amount you can get a 7850 2GB card which is a tier above the 560 ti:,3107-7.html

Try this graphic card for $180 and combo it with this RAM for $10 dollars more off:

a tier above? wow, didnt know that lol, thanks a heap.

amd radeon 7870's are qute expensive, i think i'll stick with the 7850, there shouldn't be that much of a difference, right? please correct me if im wrong

also, im not sure if i should overclock my cpu, because amd does have some pretty neat overclocking capabilities

still a bit stuck on what to get for a psu then.


thanks alot

For the love of all that is holy, please don't buy that tacky looking case


If you shop around you can build this for about 600 something dollars and this will eat for breakfast the one in the OP:


AMD FX 8320 (thats the 8 core, a little more future proof than the one you picked)

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 (it has USB 3, it will hold that CPU and its cheap)

Corsair CX600

Fractal Design Core 1000 (or any random case you happen to find if you want to save $40. Please don't use that ugly case you picked, it looks like a bloated sports discman from the early 2000's...)

G.Skill RipjawsX Series 8GB

Seagate 500GB Barracuda

XFX Radeon 7870 Core Edition


for real

But you know, you should just wait a paycheck or two and grab the 7970 or 7950, because why not. Grab an old 8800GT from craigslist or something to tie you over in the meantime, then sell it when you're finished with it.


above all else, enjoy your new rig!

b-b-but the case is so




8 core is like, super duper future proof

nowadays the games only take two cores but most people buy 4 just in case

but 8 is just a bit too much, haha, its sort of like buying 32gb ram now for later, but i get where you're coming from

i saw the comparisons between the geforce 560ti and the 7850, and in various other "bang for buck" charts and 7850/7870 is king.

although obviously the 7970 or 7950 is better, you see, the reason i'm making a budget computer is to well, save money.

i've got a somewhat decent job but yadayada tight budget yeah.

i put away like, two dollars a day every day for a year to save up for this, not including holidays and whatnot lol


i could always upgrade later on but yeah.

also the fx 8230 is pretty expensive in comparison to the 965

not to mention the overclocking possibilities in the 965 and how it's easier to do and whatnot


for the mobo, i'm going to a choose one with OC capabilities


i do appreciate your help nonetheless

thanks a heap


actually now that i think of it, i'm buying my pc in roughly a month so if i can muster up enough money to get that fx 8320 i just might, but dunno yet.

not bad if i do say myself, i owe it to all of you though :)

but 600, mmmaannnnnn, and i'll probably need liquid cooling if i overclock later on


35$ and you can get mushkin ram its kinda higher quality all around.

get a rosewill redbone case its like 50$ and has usb 3, i forget if the mobo even supports it tho. rosewill or nzxt or best for budget cases imo. you could drop the 8350, pick up a 965, and maybe squeeze a 7870 in it. for overclocking you could pay 25$ and get a hyper 212 evo its nice and stuff. you can get a seagate barracuda 1tb for nearly the same price as the caviar blue.

i had a 965, but i changed it simply because the 8320 is better

check this out:

7870 is too expensive for me, :/

i will in fact take the 1tb barracuda though, thanks lol, 10 bucks extra, thats great.

if i choose the mushkin thats +$10 because of the combo deal, so no thanks lol

do you think i could get a cheaper mobo that supports amd overclocking?

i'm going to try and salvage some parts from my old comp ill see what i can get

this website in general makes me have hope

thanks buddy

Yeah, but for gaming it really doesn't make much a difference...The 8350 is kind of unnecasary unless you actually do things that take advantage of it. For gaming the 965 is an awesome deal. my bad on the ram though i didnt realize haha. that case is kinda gross man especially for the money. but really you could cut 70$ on the cpu and barely change gaming performance and then a 7870 would be possible.

i really fucked up on some spelling there im like half paying attention my bad.


ill trust you on this, don't fail me haha

even if my graphics card is rape my cpu has to be up to scratch

if i overclock to over 4GHz i will just drown in ecstasy.

never overclocked before.

good thing black edition supposedly makes it easy.

gotta sleep now, thanks so much for the help spenlard and everyone else


BTW, the $65 dollar price on that hard drive ends today.

well that sucks, back to wd 500gb then.

should i get the radeon from MSI, or sapphire? also another silly question, is the 7870 stock OC?

The Western Digital 1TB is now on sale for $70:

Just check PCPartPicker now and then to find the deals. As for which graphic card to get, consider the price and the rating buyers give it.

Also you can google its name and add the word "review" to the end of it. You'll find hardware review sites that can give you more info on the card you're interested in.



 That case is pretty beautiful.

thanks ed, think i'll stay with MSI then. also i don't think the wd 1tb will still be that price in a month, but im not sure.


I would just like to say that you guys are really helpful. I was going to make a seperate post for my question but mine is almost the same as OP. Anyways, i changed the video card and case... what say you?


Again, thank you guys for the help and future help.