This has been a wonderful build for gaming. I can run nearly all games at Maximum settings with steady framerates the entire way through. I am thinking of upgrading the CPU though for loading purposes. I am also getting to the point of needing another hard drive. this bad boy is filling up fast. If you are looking for a budget build, i highly recommend the Phenom II x4 965 Black 3.4 Ghz cpu, while it may not be viable for much longer, it still kicks *** for now.