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

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November 15, 2011 4:31:05 AM

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.
November 15, 2011 7:32:48 AM

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
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November 15, 2011 6:31:23 PM

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

Are there any concerns about the old components?
November 15, 2011 8:43:30 PM

Your old parts are great

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November 15, 2011 9:16:55 PM

For a little over $20 more you can get a 6870 which is significantly faster

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 $169.99
November 15, 2011 9:19:35 PM

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 ^_^
November 23, 2011 4:59:31 AM

Best answer selected by Gyromite.