My first build. Trying to stay around 600

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a few weeks.

Budget Range: Aiming for $600 at most $700 with tax and shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse/Keyboard/Monitor/Harddrive/OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Does not matter

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, what kind of psu would be required for that?

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first time building a computer and I'm looking to build a solid gaming computer that will last a while. Also want the ability to upgrade GPU and CPU when deemed nessesary. Also no CPU heatsink is included as I will not be trying to OC my cpu right away. I still need to do some research as I am also new to trying to OC. Also do you think that video card is able to run most games on high video settings? And if not what would you recommend around same maybe a little higher price range.


Parts I have choosen so far:

Video: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Price: 129.99 after rebate

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Price: 219.99

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Price: 114.99

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS600-PCARE3-US 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Price 60.99

Mem: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Price: 29.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Price: 49.99 after rebate

Hard Drive: Recycling an old one. Or hopefully will have enough saved by build time to go to Fry's and buy an SSD

That brings my total to 605.94 before tax and shipping and after rebates. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time :D
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  1. your power supply is junk .

    It doesnt have a feature called Active PCF so no digital control of output voltages .
    and very low efficiency .

    Search for similar wattage units that are bronze rated or better . The cost is about the same if you choose wisely $60 $50 after rebate
  2. Best get a better GPU card than a CPU.

    Get an i3-2100 + 560ti. It would be better at games than a i5-2500k and a 6850.
  3. better to get an FX 4100 than an i3 2100 , Cheaper , faster

    along with an Asrock 970 gen4

    and a 6950 or 560 ti
  4. Alright thanks for the recommendation on the PSU. Also I'll go a bit above budget if I have to on a video card. I was planning on upgrading to a new 7xxx card once they come out. Was looking for something that would fill the spot with decent settings for now. Thats why I had chosen the i5 2500k, because I figured that cpu would last me much longer and out perform better than any other could for some time to come. What are your thoughts on doing that?
  5. I just went to Micro Center and they had combos deals on the i5-2500k and mobo. I was able to pick one of those up for 179.99 and a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 for 99.99.
  6. Yeah, that's good!
  7. If I was to go SLI or Crossfire and also OC my cpu, how many watts would my PSU need to be 650 or more? And is SLI or CrossFire really worth it? I'm still trying not to spend too much so whats the best video card I could fit in at 200 or less?
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