$700 gaming pc compatibility check follow up

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 600-800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (BF3, LOL, SWTOR-- at least 30 fps on most games for the next 4 years), surfing the internet, picture editing,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want to keep it or expand it for the next 4 years or so. Want to play the latest games but they only need to be at around 30 fps on high-ish settings.


Parts list:

GPU - $135
Sapphire RADEON HD 6850 1GB PCIE

Mobo - $75

CPU - $180
intel core i5-2400 3.10 GHz MB LGA115

RAM - $35
G.Skill value series 8GB 240 pin DDR3 1333

optical - $19
Sony Optiarc 24X

HDD - $85
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB SATA 6Gb/s

Case $70
Antec 300 Illusion

PSU - $60
Seasonic S12II 520W

Total ~$680

Criticism welcome but primary intent is for compatibility :)
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  1. I don't see any problems, but since you want to run this for 4 years I would recommend some better parts. A motherboard with another x16 slot and a higher wattage psu for crossfire in the future, and P67 or Z68 motherboard with a 2500k for future OCs. You could probably do that and still come in under $800.
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    Looking good. See if you are living near a Micro Center, you can pick up an i5 2500k for the same price as the 2400.
  3. ooh there's still a newegg sale on the 2500 too, brings it down to 190 as well :) perhaps I shall do that.

    Everyone in the feedback says that a HSF is a good idea... didn't want to grab one but I guess I should
  4. If you want to run it for 4 years

    don't be cheap with the psu+ get about 750w for future crossfire.
    don't be cheap with the mobo and get one with 2 pci e slots that are either 16+16 or 16+8
    And i highly suggest you wait till the new 7xxx gpu series comes out.

    With this, you can crossfire in the future when games get more advanced.
  5. Also, the i5 2500k is on sale as well for 205$, pick that up instead of the 2500. Spending the extra 15$ will help keep the build even more future proof.

    You wont need to OC right now, obviously. But if you want to keep it future proof, you might need to in a few years. You can get a decent OC without even changing the stock voltage. IE, it's pretty easy/safe, you just need a tiny bit of knowledge and to be careful. That's why i'm suggesting the 2500k instead.
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