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Is this a reasonable build? ($650-800)

I'm new to building so I don't know if there's anything that you would suggest I swap out considering everything else I'm buying. Also, I don't have any idea what monitor I should go for.

Is there anything unnecessary/necessary that I might be missing?

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995
*Price: $124.99

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
*Price: $149.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
*Price: $99.99

Desktop RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
*Price: $29.99

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
*Price: $84.99

Power Supply: SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
*Price: $69.99

Computer Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
*Price: $54.99

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
*Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191
*Price: $46.99

Monitor: (undecided)

Est. Total: $659 (Not including price of Monitor)
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  1. Best answer
    I would swap out the processor for a Core i3-2100 and a low cost ASUS Z68 motherboard as a better upgrade path. The i3 is just as fast at stock speed for gaming. I would also bump up to 8gb ram and get 64 bit Windows 7 to go along with it.

    Other than that it looks good to me. Excellent PSU choice.
  2. Its a good build. Change the motherboard with this ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280 and like @tlmck said buy 8GB RAM and WIN 7 64bit.
    Some good monitors :
    Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms LED Backlight http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316 130$
    Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100 145$
    If you want something bigger :
    Hannspree By HannsG SL231DPB Glossy Black 23" 5ms Full HD LED BackLight
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262012 156$
  3. So I guess the motherboard I selected is a no go then?
    Thanks, and anymore help is greatly appreciated!
  4. i5 2500k - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1378560&CatId=6988 - $209.99

    z68 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=zr7c9dbyvqkp -$117.99

    case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 - $59.98(with shipping)

    DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151250 - $18.98(with shipping)

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1qm6jbgfk2c1b - $84.99

    PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031&Tpk=Antec%20ECO%20620w&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=i14ln1ulxagk -$72.98

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&
    SID=1jddycalz1kub - 49.99

    Fan for processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=sreyphohbp9a - $29.99
    Grease - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1vbawyzFvlavrg $12.98
    OR

    H60 water cooling - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015 - $69.99

    Graphics card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102952&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-14-102-952-_-Product - $69.99 (daily deals)


    Total: $727.87 w/ the fan and grease $754.88with water cooling

    If u don't OC, then it's $684.89 (the 3 fans in the case will be enough)

    EDIT: or you can use this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161395
  5. How does this look for an update?


    Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077&Tpk=i3%202120
    *Price: $119.99

    Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    *Price: $149.99

    Motherboard: Foxconn Z68A-S LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186220
    *Price: $99.99

    Desktop RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    *Price: $29.99
    OR
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL


    Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    *Price: $84.99

    Power Supply: SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    *Price: $69.99

    Computer Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    *Price: $54.99

    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191
    *Price: $46.99

    Monitor: Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317
    *Price: $89.99

    CD Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    *Price: $17.99

    Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering
    *Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045
    *Price: $19.99


    Est. Total: $805
  6. Looks good, but change the MB to ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3. It has a 3.0x16 slot which you can upgrade in the future easier. Other than that your good.
  7. Best answer selected by UnbiasTobias.
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