Originally Posted by Zorginator
2500K is not a staple for gaming. 2500K is a staple for enthusiasts/those with money to spare. You've got a cracking CPU paired with a mediocre GPU, considering this is a budget gaming build that is a major error.
For future reference the Motherboard and PSU are the most important and that's where money should be spent. Anything after this changes with priorities, e.g. a gaming build = GPU first then CPU, a photo/video editing machine = CPU+RAM then GPU.
The PSU is a little too much for what you're intending to use it for. I would bump it down to a decent 500W.
Antec 300 isn't really worth that much, better cases can be found for the same or similar cases can be found for cheaper. If you can get it for ~$40 it's not too bad.Suggestions
- Get a i5 2300, no need for an aftermarket cooler, savings can then be put in to a 560 Ti. Or stick with a 550, this alone will bring the rig much closer to $700.
- Drop the 650TX for something along the lines of a XFX 550W or something decent.
- Keep the 8GB RAM unless you're really pushed for a few dollars.
^ This is dead on. Go with the low end i5, stock cooler, downgrade PSU to something like this
, and go with the best card you cat get with the rest of the budget.
Remember, a quality 500 watt power supply will power ANY single processor combined with ANY single GPU with room to spare.