Please review my "Ati 6850" Budget Gamer build ($655 - AMD )

My original build has been modifiled, im going with a ati 6850 instead of an nvidia 460
Approximate Purchase Date: mid November

Budget Range: $600 - 700 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, movies, student work (general word, light adobe), no photoshop or art work

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard/mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: : from

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Not likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Hello folks, my gaming rig is $690, (excluding the keyboard, mouse, and monitor), and all of my parts are from I used a $500 gaming rig blueprint that i found at, but i did some customization.

I just want to double check that all the parts are compatible with each other, and i want to get piece of mind that my gaming build is very good and acceptable for $690. I will many use it for gaming and for music production, and im going to play World of Warcraft, and i hope this build is at least future proof for upcoming DX 11 games. I plan to play Warcraft in Ultra or at least High settings on a 23 inch 1080p monitor.

I already have an unused cd key for Windows 7 Professional and this build is going to have windows 7.

I have financing with amazon, so all of my parts are from them.

P.S I live in California, and everything is $902, ( with keyboard, mouse and 23in 1080p monitor), and comes withTwo Day Free Shipping from Amazon Prime Student.

Thank you for taking the taking to go over my gaming build.

1.Case $58.82
Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0

2.Processor $74.99
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1 GHz 3x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor - Retail ADX445WFGMBOX

ASRock Socket AM3/AMD 870/Hybrid CrossFireX/SATA3&USB 3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard 870 Extreme3

4.Video Card$199.99
Gigabyte GeForce GTX460-1 GB GDDR5 PCIE2 256B 2DVI-I/HDMI/FAN RTL Video Card GV-N460OC-1GI

5.Memory (Ram)$89.99
Patriot Memory 'Sector 5' G Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz CAS 9-9-9-24 Enhanced Latency Dual Channel Kit PGV34G1600ELK

6.Hard Drive$66.70
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

7.DVD Drive $25.99
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

8.Power Supply$59.99
Seasonic 520W 80Plus Power Supply S12II 520 BRONZE

9.Keyboard and Mouse$19.52
Logitech Desktop MK120 Mouse and keyboard Combo (920-002565)

Asus MS248H 23.6-Inch Wide (16:9) 2ms Response Time Ultra-Slim LED Monitor

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  1. Good choices - I guess you are an Amazon Prime member.

    So you missed a better deal on memory from Newegg . . . If you really want to save money . . . quality vendor, one speed step slower, you won't notice the difference:

    Or this kit, quality vendor, same speed as yours, but costs less:

    Both are "free shipping".

    Enjoy the build!
  2. Oooops - missed your video card. You got the right vid card vendor, but buy it at Newegg and save $8 after -$10 MIR and +$2 shipping:
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  4. TwoBoxer,

    Would this Ram work?
    Corsair Xms3

    is the Radeon HD 6850 more powerful than the 460 GTX? how would it perform in Warcraft on Ultra at 1080p? I can get Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Power Supply . I just realized my Mobo is able to do CrossFire, will the Haf 912 has enough space for another 6850 in the future?

    Ill get the HaF 912 instead of the Antec, and ill get the the monitor from Newegg.

    Price went from $690 to $670 ,( excluding monitor and keyboard/mouse), when replaced with Hd6850, Corsair Xms3, Antec 650W power supply, and Haf 912.

    Question is there any difference between a 21 inch and 23in monitor? I can save $30-50 bucks buy going to a 21 inch.
  5. would the ATI Radeon HD 5850 work or is the 6850 a better option?
    Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1 GB DDR5 Dual DVI-I/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100282-3SR
  6. The memory would work, but why spend the extra $12? I love Corsair and recommend lots of their products, but G.Skill is a high-quality vendor and the performance will be identical.

    Its up to you, mate :)
  7. I would get G-Skills but Amazon doesnt carry it on Prime. I just edited the post above you... what do you think of a HD5850 on this build.. or do you perfer the GTX 460? Should i stick with the gtx 460 and change the Mobo to:

    ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

    $128 on Amazon


    Edit: replacing the Mobo on first post with this one and a Gtx 460 sends the price to $708 which is fine. im assuming this mobo is capable of SLI.
  8. Azubane, the memory is free shipping - why must it be Prime? Newegg will get it to you in at most 1 more day (ie, 2-3 days). Ah. Maybe you have an Amazon credit or something.

    I personally prefer the 460, but for your build the 6850 is correct. Think about it . . . even if it were a tad slower in an important game for you (and I am not saying it is), you have the option to crossfire in the future. You'd have to pay a fair bit more (and go Intel) to preserve SLI as an option.

    Edit: IIRC, the real staff here at Tom's has stated they are looking to say something nice about an AMD mobo that supports SLI - and they can't find one. Always seems to be some issue. Stick with crossfire.
  9. HD 6850 would be very suitable for your needs -
    Check this review
    And in Crossfire they perform pretty well

    And as for the Nvidia chipset, I would rather suggest with AMD chipsets for AMD CPUs...

    CASE - That HAF 912 would easily fit 2x HD 6850

    PSU - The EA 650 has enough power for HD 6850 Crossfire

    RAM - Check this one - It is one of the best budget overclocking RAM and TOMs have recommended this many times -
  10. Edited Below.
  11. Wow.. it went down to $819 (with monitor). The only thing i need is a keyboard and mouse.

  12. One last question, if i replace the Haf 912 with a Haf 922 case, will everything will fit and it will still be compatible?

    I noticed the graphics card said PCI 2.1.. it is still compatible with my motherboard?
  13. Yes and yes.
  14. My last question, this Coolermaster fans are the ones that go with the Haf 922.. (Two on the side and One in the bottom)

  15. What size fans does the HAF 922 support?

    What size fan is the Cooler Master fan?

    Do they match? If so, they will fit. If not, they won't.

    This is one you should do on your own.
  16. Best answer selected by azubane.
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