My First Game RIg ..can keep up in today's gaming?

i just would like it if anyone would check out my build and tell me what you think...and what game range would i be able to play could i keep up with today's games and at graphic settings?

OCZ GameXStream OCZ850GXSSLI ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 850Watts Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB, CE, CSA, UL
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor HDZ720WFGIBOX
Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G, OEM
MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
SRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4

i will take recommendations ...please beware i am a college student a result i dont have much money ....but i am open to some ideas
i am planning on adding another Gtx i will need another motherboard capable of sli ... recommendations on that and anything else will be greatly appreciated
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  1. Spend less on the PSU. Get a i3. Get a 6850 or 6870.
  2. i already purchased the the gtx 460 hawk already ,if you look at my updated message i plan on doing a sli with those cards the 6850 that much better then the gtx 460?
    what would your motherboard recommendation be for the i3...and would that be better even though i3 is dual core?
  3. Can anyone else help me please ...?
  4. The 6850 and the 460 trade blows with the 6850 winning in a few more titles, also the 6850 is better in power consumption. A quality 650w unit would suffice for sli 460's. However the motherboard that you picked out does not have an additional pci-e slot. You would want a 9xx series motherboard for sli and amd.
    The i3 offers a much faster architecture than the phenom, even though it is a dual core it bests the 955be(stock clocks) in games. (I personally would go with the 955be and overclock it)
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    Firstly, what is your budget, what sites do you prefer to shop at, when are you purchasing, do you need the OS or keyboard or mouse, What games do you plan on playing, what size resolution is your monitor, what parts do you already own?

    Get those questions out of the way and then we can get to your build.

    ah...the dream of building your first many things to consider..but budget being the main one...
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    indeed lol

    but a homebuilt pc can accomodate almost any budget, from a few hundred to a few thousand..thats whats cool about it..and the pride of knowing you built it :sarcastic:
  7. ^You can literally build a full capable gaming build in the $500 dollar range, it's amazing.
  8. Quote:
    don't forget the heart burn and stomach ulcers from the stress of building that first pc :p

    good ole indegestion

    lol.. true dat! :lol: but without the heartburn and ulcers, i would have never gotten the nerve to spend what i did on this, my third system, the confidence in knowing that..yes..i can do it..and know you can.
  9. everything i have listed in the first poet is what i currently have and budget is kinda of weird because when i get money i save and i buy when i can....i do not need a monitor ,keyboard,mouse, or os....i currently have a 22" monitor ...and would like to play on my 32" from time to time...resolution isn't a huge deal to me ...of course i would want it at a decent resolution none the less...

    getting the phenom ii x4 955be was on my mind along with getting another mother board ....i guess i need help on what i should get first on account of my weird order of importance of what i should be getting of course from most important to least or a number line order.....

    also i do plan on upgrading my psu which is a gamexstream 850w but im assuming i don't have to get that until i get the second gtx 460 and a new motherboard...would the gamexstream 850w be alright for now?
  10. As for cpu amd phenom ii x4 955be is solid performer. The 760 series MB are too old. Get a 880 or 970 series MB from asus or msi . The psu is very very good if you plan for 460 sli.
  11. sorry amd 970 series mb only have one pci-e 16x plot so no sli on it . Go for 880 series mb for 460 sli config.
  12. i was thinking of going with the NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI mb...that should be fine right?
  13. Quote:
    hows the 8120 been handling ya?

    once I get my new case I will feel like your build just a little cheaper :3

    no problems so far..maybe once i learn to oc and chit i might see what its capabilities are.
  14. theuniquegamer said:
    sorry amd 970 series mb only have one pci-e 16x plot so no sli on it . Go for 880 series mb for 460 sli config.

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4
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