Your thoughts on my build


Mar 14, 2009
Hello all,
I have been reading through threads in this section as well as the other individual component sections.
This is what I can up with on my $600 budget.

Intel Pentium E5200


CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Wasn't sure if I should go for the 4GB G-skill??

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm

Does this sound like a reasonable build?
I currently would like to use this system as a gaming machine, word processor, watching movies/listening to music.
Games I play : Counter-Strike, Fallout, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 2...

I will be using a hp 24" monitor with 1920x1200 resolution.

I am also interested in case suggestions. With the above components I am currently at $595.

I plan on purchasing this upcoming week.
Thank you all for your time!
Spend an extra $10 and get the 1GB version of the HD 4870.

If you could stretch the budget by $60 more I'd suggest a 650TX PSU and GA-EP45-UD3P. That way you can add a second video card later. You'll need it in that sort of games at 1920x1200. The overclocking is better on that board too, and it also adds other features.

Antec 300 is a pretty good case for low budgets.

Nice build. :) I would switch RAM though to something with better timings and lower latency...something that's fast and won't hold back your overclock. $43.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

As far as cases go, take a look at the two down below...great airflow and priced decent. $69.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

or... $59.95
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

and while your at it pick up some thermal paste...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail


Mar 14, 2009
Appreciate the responses!
I took both of your responses and decided to stretch a little bit.
I believe I will pull the trigger on everything soon.
I added the thermal paste,
added this mobo
added the G-Skill memory instead of corsair and changed to the 650TX
Also added the antec 300

I believe this looks to be a solid setup, any other opinions?
Thank you again for the time.


Nov 24, 2008
If your open to AMD system. LG DVD Drive $22 WD 640GD HD $75 Antec 300 Case $60 Corsair 650TX PSU $100 - $20MIR Asus 780v Motherboard $75 AMD 720BE $150 Xigma CPU Cooler $36 - $10MIR 9800GT $90 4GB DDR2 800 $45 - $20 MIR

$655 - $50 MIR + tax + shipping

Given your budet, I think this would give a better foundation. If you want a faster GPU though, the 1GB Sapphire 4870 is $190, but other than that, I don't think anything in between would really be worth it. I like the XMS2 ram in an AMD system with a black edition processor since you don't have to touch the memory to OC the CPU. 600W OCZ $70 - $20MIR is an alternative. Your on a budget and it gets the job done for $30 less.

Given your $600 budget, I would go with the 9800GT now and upgrading the GPU down the road, but the 4870 is worth the money.