Need HELP building a $500-$650 gaming rig


Aug 16, 2012
Hello guys I want to build a gaming rig my budget is $650 and this is what I got so far any recommendations. I would like to play games like call of duty, prototype, ME3,need for speed and some others on maxed out settings

Processor --> (AMD FX-8150 8 core processor) PLEASE NOTE I WOULD LIKE TO STICK WITH THIS ONE($189.99)

MOBO---> (Asus M5A97 AM3+, You can recommend a better one I honestly don't mind about this one much ($94.99)

Graphics Card----> I haven't decided you pick one for me in the $100-$150 range preferably HDMI output and 1080p support

PSU---> You can recommend a different one I don't mind Please stick in the $50 range or less. ($49.99)

RAM-----> this or one below Please help me pick preferably in the $100

SSD-----> Please help me pick one in the $100 range . What do you think I should do buy a 500gb WD 7200rpm drive or buy a 64gb SSD for windows OS and use a 250 or 320gb for my files/games/etc

Case----> or something around $20 maybe even this one

Optical drive--->Anything that is a DVD RW and 20 dollars or less such as this one

Alright guys thank you very much and looking forward to your help hey guys also plz look on for some of this stuff for me its really cheap thanks once again

Don't get an FX series CPU for a gaming rig. In a gaming rig you want to spend at least double on the graphics card that you do on the CPU. I suggest looking at something like:
Pentium Gxxx CPU
Cheapest board that has all the features you need
Nvidia 560Ti if you can find a good deal or Radeon 6850,6870,6950 or 7850 whatever you can find the best deal on.
8Gb (2x4) RAM you don't need more on a budget gaming rig
Only get an SSD if there is cash spare after everything else its nice to have but only helps loading times not gaming.
PSU 500W good make
Case whatever you like.
I've fixed the build for you :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($194.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.61 @ Amazon)
Total: $663.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-16 05:38 EDT-0400)


Aug 16, 2012
if Im willing to spend a $100 extra what should I upgrade I was thinking about the processor and is intel better than AMD for gaming or what?
Intel is much better for gaming than AMD.

Check the hierarchy chart:,3106-5.html

And the card you picked is almost twice as slow as the one I picked.