i was wondering what everybody thought about this build. I would like the price to stay below $600 but i will go up to $650 if needed. I found this on a website and wanted to know what you guys thought
That should work just fine. It's similar to my budget system and I'm very pleased with it. The main difference is you are getting 460 and I only have a 5770. I don't have any problems playing any games at decent graphics settings. The only thing I would point out is you are getting a Micro ATX Mobo. It will work, they are just smaller and therefore a little more tricky to work with, and don't the have upgradability of a full size ATX board. If you do buy that make sure you realize it has on board video and you will need to disable it to enjoy your 460. Not a big deal, just a common oversight. If you are willing to spend another $30.00 here is the Mobo I have and I'm very happy with it.
+1 aznshinobi, the listed $600 build is really well-rounded. Did you write that? I actually like and agree with all of the suggestions. (EDIT: Except for the RAM recommendations for the $600 and $1200-1500 builds. A 6850 (in the $600 build) would benefit from a bit of extra RAM, and 8GB could fit into the budget with a bit of combo-searching. For the $1200-1500 build, the recommendation of CL9 RAM doesn't make sense. Lower latencies shouldn't be any less stable if they're within spec.)
If you haven't read this, it might change your mind about the 4GB recommendation.
The amount of extra available memory can be very hard to measure and quantify in numbers of frames per second, mainly because it leads to improved level loading speeds, higher detail levels, and better-quality textures. Often, the game you're playing will allow for higher graphical options, and there will be fewer artifacts when the system is heavily loaded.
In a 64-bit system with a powerful graphics card, 8 GB of RAM really is a must if you're going to play demanding games. This is the case regardless of whether you're using 32-bit or 64-bit applications. However, even more than 8 GB of RAM can be subjectively noticed while playing.
The "powerful graphics card" in the test was an HD 5800 series card; it makes sense that a 6850 would also benefit from extra RAM.
Mostly a nice build. If I were budgeting, I'd take a chance on the Phenom II x2 560BE unlocking. It worked with one of the two I tried and OC'd to 3.7GHz too (I probably could've gone faster, but didn't try hard). If you have a Microcenter nearby they bundle an MSI 785GM-P45 with it and that board can unlock. Then you get a Phenom II instead of an Athlon II and save $60 on the motherboard.
Speaking of savings...you can save at least $10 ordering the same hard drive on Amazon (no tax + FS). Also, Fry's had a GTX 460 768MB for $80 AR not too long ago. I'm sure you could find one for less than $130. But I'd go with a 5850 myself. You could probably crossfire those down the road with a 520W (double check on that though).
Lastly, 1333MHz RAM with CL9 will take a few FPS of your games. 1600MHz CL9 RAM, which is easy to find for $55 (and often cheaper) will often let you hit Cas 7 at 1333. I have some 2000MHz CL9 stuff that runs CL6 at 1910MHz so you might be able to do CL6 at 1333. If it's a comparable price, it's worth the improvement.