Future proofing vs better GPU

I want to finish this build very soon, I will probably order tomorrow. Im tight on my budget and dont want to go over 800$ everything included (taxes, monitor, shipping.. everything)

I want to play a couple of games, mostly older games (most recent one would be COD:BO)
I would like to upgrade the PC when I need to. I see no big problem in changing MOBO, adding/changing GPU, adding ram, upgrading CPU in the next two years but for now I have a budget limit.

Note: I'm using canadian distributors and prices. (,,

I have two options that I cant decide myself on.


CPU& MOBO combo 200$
1x Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

1x GIGABYTE GA-H67M-D2-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

145$ after 20$MIR GPU
XFX Radeon HD 6850 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card

PSU 39$ after 20$MIR
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Case 55$
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

DVD 22$
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Ram 45$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

HDD 37$
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN Sata 6GB/S With Ncq Internal Hard Drive Oem

Monitor 145$ after 20$MIR
ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 16:9 2MS 20000:1DC HDMI DVI VGA With Speakers

Keyboard and mouse 19$
Microsoft Wired Desktop 400 English OEM Single Pack

Total: about 760$ before MIR, -60$MIR = 700$ +Shipping and taxes

+shipping and taxes= 795 after MIR. Right on my budget.


Same everything but I would not use the combo with the H67, I would instead take for 120$
Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 mATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

I would need to cut down on GPU budget and probably go for a radeon 5830 at 105$

Just a few dollars difference between both options. I'm still up for new suggestions but avoid suggesting more expensive parts.

Please confirm that all these parts will work together. Thanks!
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  1. My opinion would be what a little while until you could afford the 6870 or a GTX 460 and the Gigabyte board as this would provide you a viable upgrade path for future SLi/Crossfire. I also hope you realize that MIR are not instant. You will pay full price for the part now and then have to fill out the MIR form and follow its directions to receive your money which will also take at least two weeks from your filing date to get to you. Just a forewarning.
  2. SLI and Crossfire arent necessarily the best upgrade path, i wouldn't worry too much there. The money spent on getting a second card and the money spent buying a better motherboard AND the money spent on a more powerful power supply could all put toward a better single card when the time comes. Just a thought. When upgrade time comes, you still have the option to get an i5, more RAM and a 6970 or something.
  3. According to Antec 6850s will be fine with the Neo Eco 520w so op should be fine there. And are you recommending a gfx card along the lines of a 6950/560Ti? Because I am rather sure 6850 in CFX will out perform a 6950 and depending on when the op feels an upgrade is necessary could prove to be less expensive as prices go down on the 6850 due to new tech/marketing strategys
  4. Alright so giving it more thoughts, I'm thinking I finish college in less then 2 years and then I will have the money to upgrade the mobo and everything else. SO, I would rather go with option 1, because with that option I will be good to go for a lil while.

    Id like a confirm that I'm not making any mistakes with that build. I will be able to have a decent computer for the next two years with some upgrade options. I will be able to run my old games and maybe some new ones with lower resolutions. My PSU will be good enough for it all.

    Thanks for the help already.
  5. Best answer
    Everything in Option 1 will work together and provide you with good performance in games and options to upgrade if you feel you want more performance. Good luck with your build
  6. Best answer selected by dirle.
  7. Hey do I need to think about buying anything else like cables or something like that?
  8. You didnt forget operating system did you? hope not...
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