~$600 Gaming Build


Nov 22, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday to Cyber Monday (i.e. within the next week).

Budget Range: ~$600 (reasonably flexible).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - First Person Shooters: Battlefield Bad Company 2, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 3 (?), etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, video card.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter and Newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States of America.

Parts Preferences: "Bang for the Buck". Nothing too extreme, reasonable performance for a reasonable cost.

Overclocking: Not yet, but down the road to boost performance.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: Something around 1440x900 (~19"-20" monitor).

Additional Comments: I'm looking to build a gaming computer which can play games over the next few years with moderate upgrades (e.g. $100-$200 video cards every year or two). I'm used to playing at low graphics settings, so I don't expect to achieve super-high end graphics, but some eye candy would be nice.

I know my video card is currently lacking (GTX 260), but for $50, I just want it to hold me over for the next several months.

I was hoping to get some comments/suggestions for me to stay closer to my budge of about $600, or have a more "future-proof" system for about the cost of what I have listed below.

Thanks for your time.


This is what I currently have picked out:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ~$60

AMD Phenom II X4 965 and Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H Combo ~$260

Corsair 650TX and WD Caviar Black 500GB Combo ~ $140

GTX 260 ~ $50 (buying from a friend)

Wintec AMP 2x2GB DDR3 1333 ~56$

Asus DVD ~$20

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM and Battlefield Bad Company 2 Combo ~$130

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ~$30

Arctic Silver Ceramique ~$5

Total: ~$750 + $17 (shipping)

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