Casual Gaming Rig ($900 max). Mix of old/new parts

This will only be my second build, but from what I've seen, it seems to be common to write off many of one's existing components. I'm trying to recycle whatever I can here.

Please let me know feasibility. If there are significant concerns I will rework it.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Approximate Purchase Date: 11/2011

Budget Range: < $900

System Usage: gaming (bf3/skyrim)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg/microcenter/amazon )

Country: People's Republic of California

Parts Preferences: sapphire/intel/samsung

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200


SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB
Item #: N82E16814102908

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Item #: N82E16820145345

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157251

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
Item #: N82E16819115072
($179.99 --- microcenter)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

OTD price from amazon = +/- $625

Old Parts circa 2006

ENERMAX Liberty ELT620AWT 620W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item#: N82E16817194004

LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112099

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) -Bare ...
Item #: N82E16822148140

SAMSUNG 204B-BK Black 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824001226

FWIW, I also have a free Creative sound blaster X-fi XtremeMusic PCI sound card lying around. Please let me know if it's of any benefit.
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  1. I wouldn't be overclocking on the pro3 for more than 700 mhz on good air cooling
    Also the gap between the gfx card and the cpu is quite a bit.
    I suggest you bring your computer parts en-par so:
    i5 2400
    And since your monitor can do 1600x1200, a 6950 if money allows it or 6870 if it doesn't
  2. If you can try and get a little better motherboard and RAM that is a litte better and cheaper then what you selected.

  3. Great thanks. I'll take a look at those suggested parts.

    Are there any concerns about the old components?
  4. Your old parts are great
  5. Best answer
    For a little over $20 more you can get a 6870 which is significantly faster

    XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 $169.99
  6. The rest of your build looks good though for some casual gaming ^_^. You could buy a new hard drive since you're upgrading everything else if only to use your old components in a backup system. Of course, if that segate is enough space for you and you don't need a secondary machine (I have like 3 cuz i iz hardware addict/packrat) then it's fine ^_^
  7. Build looks solid to me, I only have a few suggestions based on price:

    Same memory, no tax through amazon.
    HDD: 1tb 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda
    In case you wanted more space, $70 is an amazing price right now.
  8. Best answer selected by Gyromite.
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