First time budget build under $700


Jul 19, 2011
I wanted to build a complete budget gaming pc
This will be my first build ever and I am on a budget of less than $700
Im not too sure on physical fitment of everything so I based it on a DIY kit on Newegg
Just wondering if this will work altogether, if there are any better options that I should consider, and if there are other parts i would need to make it work
constructive criticism is welcome :)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Motherboard: MSI 880GM-E43 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case and PSU: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case w/ built-in Rosewill 500W PSU

Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

^^DIY Combo Kit Price: $394.99

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1352-KR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

^^Price: $124.99

Monitor: ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 Built in Speakers w/ Aspect Control

Mouse & Keyboard: Pixxo KB-9AA1 Black Wired Keyboard + Optical Mouse Combo

^^Monitor and Input Devices Combo: $126.98

Total Price: $646.96
^ I would highly recommend a better quality PSU, if going with a graphic card as lower quality PSUs have higher probability to fail under load, also their lifespan is less and the worst could happen is that when they die, they might kill other parts as well...

Here is a build oriented towards gaming,...
Core i3 + Rosewill case
- The reason why I suggest this CPU is that it performs better in terms of gaming, but if the PC will be used for productivity tasks, then the X6 would have been beneficial,...

Mobo + RAM
Gigabyte Z68 + GKSillz 8GB DDR3

HD 6770

Samsung F3 1TB


PSU - Antec EA 380

Total - ~$681


Jul 19, 2011
no OS needed and yes a monitor is needed
also is there any way to find out if these parts would physically fit inside the case? I just match form factors of cases, mobos, and psu but is it a guarantee fit?
Also will a PCI-e 2.1 x16 Video card work on a PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot?
thanks for the help guys


Jul 19, 2011
so I checked out and decided to go for an Intel based system

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked

Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 B3 Intel H61 Motherboard

RAM: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Low Power Hard Drive

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case

PSU: Diablotek PSDA600 DA Series 600W ATX Power Supply

Video Card: A455-0550 ::ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1G GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), HDMI, DVI, VGA, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready(1.6 lbs)

Monitor: A179-2039 ::Acer G205HLBD 20" Class Widescreen LED HD Monitor - 1600 x 900, 16:9, 8000000:1 Dynamic, 1000:1 Native, 60Hz, 5ms, DVI-D, VGA, Black(10.5 lbs)

price came out to just under $700
is a 5900RPM HDD slow as some people would say?
im leaning more on this build now


Jul 7, 2011
18,690 XFX has a lifetime warranty.


Jun 11, 2011
I'm telling you, that rosewill challenger case is freakin big. I can easily fit a Hyper 212+, with a 120mm fan in the case right on top of it. And it has great airflow. Cable management is a bit odd, but you can do it with some zipties and BAM! Senior Badass



Nah if you are going over $500 for a build, a dedicated CPU + GPU combo still offers more.

Take a look at the stuff in my sig as well.