Budget gaming PC

chchamp61

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Hey guys, I've been wanting to build a budget gaming PC for a while and finally have the funds to do so. After looking and deciding what parts I want, I would like to know what you guys have to say about my component choices. Thanks!

CPU: Intel C2D E8400 3Ghz LGA 775 Wolfdale

Video Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4870 1GB 256-bit PCI-E 2

RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB, 2x2GB

HD: Western Digital Caviar 1TB SATA

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Mid Tower w/ 500w power supply

Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Total: $810.94
 

xthekidx

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Try this on for size:
OCZ StealthXstream 600w
Rosewill R5730-P BK Nothing fancy here but its roomy and well ventilated, plus free shipping and only $45.

You would probably get more for your money if you went with a PII 720 build with this ram. This also provides an upgrade path so you can put a PII x4 processor in there later, LGA 775 is a dying socket. AM3 will have room for growth later and DDR3 is getting to the point where it is affordable now.
 
Raidmax PSUs go boom.
Get a case you like (the one xthekidx linked looks interesting) and a quality PSU. An Antec Earthwatts 430 would power your rig, and they are $55 now at newegg.
I would also choose DDR2-800 RAM that will run at its advertised timings on the JEDEC standard 1.8V. I like these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731.
Xthekidx's point about AMD is worth considering also. I wish I could justify buying a PII 720 just to mess with it, but I'd probably stick to DDR2 for now.