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Budget sandy bridge: too much compromise?

Pricing out a post-tax-return PC, I've come up with this for $600, but have I compromised to far in performance? My existing monitor is an Acer 21" 1680x1050.

Here's what I've come up with:

I5-2400 Sandy Bridge CPU: $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

MSI H61 motherboard: $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130587

GSkill 4 GB DDR3: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze PSU: $34.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB HDD: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

Lite-on 22x DVD burner: $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

MSI twin Frozr II GTX 460 768MB: $149.99 w/ $20 mir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127519

Just Cause II + Mafia II: Free

Rosewill R-101 microATX minitower: $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112

Rosewill 120MM Fan: $4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200048

Masscool 80mm fan: $1.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007

total: $599.86 + $23.80 shipping, $623.66 total, $603.66 after rebate.
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  1. Looks good more or less. 2400 with a GTX460 isn't a horrible gaming machine. And it's not like you're trying to play on a surround setup, etc. There will be games that you'll have to lower settings on like Crysis or course and with only 768MBs of ram you wont' be able to use 8x (or even 4x) AA. But other then that you should be fine.
  2. I guess the real question is will I get better performance with, say a 560ti or 6950 mated to an Athlon II X4 or Phenom II X4 for the same price
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    Depends on what your usage is. I assume gaming. If you are, I'd say drop the SB CPU. Gaming is really more GPU than CPU limited and especially if you want to have the eyecandy on.

    TBH $600 really isn't something you should try to do a SB build on, especially since you're stuck with a non OCable chip.
  4. hmm, an extra $100 in this could give me a 2500 (not K), a 1 TB HDD, and a 460 1GB or 6850.
  5. ScrewySqrl said:
    hmm, an extra $100 in this could give me a 2500 (not K), a 1 TB HDD, and a 460 1GB or 6850.


    if microcenter is an option..2500k is $179.99
  6. Best answer selected by ScrewySqrl.
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