Budget Build - Need Opinions

Hello, I have been working on a budget build. It is around $800 before rebates. Please tell me if any parts are imcompatable. Also, is the Video Card overkill for the CPU? Thanks for your help in advance. I used a handy website called PC Part Picker to help with organizing and finding the best price.

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CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz Triple-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDP118-08 DVD/CD Drive ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1688U/B Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $768.85

I will be ordering Monday or Tuesday, more likely the latter. I understand that the OS is technically only to be used by those that sell PC's, therefore I will be selling myself the PC for $1. Have a nice day Microsoft :kaola: Anyway, on a more serious topic, please give your opinion about this build.
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  1. for $800 you can go Intel Sandy Bridge, much more powerful...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    - COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
    - Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular: $70

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009256
    - Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED: $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    - SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB: $90 (1 hard drive go at least 'blue')

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131724
    - ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX: $70

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz: $125

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333: $40

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    - SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $135

    TOTAL: $806
  2. After inputing your suggestions I got $873.84 before rebates, including Mouse and Keyboard which you did not include, and $813.9 without the Mouse and Keyboard. If you can trim the post rebate price down to $800, I can do it!
  3. this PSU instead -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W: $60

    or get now 4GB of RAM - then you can upgrade in the future to 8GB if you so desire... no prob whatsoever to run any game with 4GB...
  4. I sliced it down to 4 Gigs of RAM, I'm going to keep the PSU. I feel dumb because I made a mistake and choose the 1 TB drive when I was calculating the price, instead of the 500 Gig you suggested. I have now recalculated, and the gross price stands at $836.84, and a very pleasing $801.84 after rebates. Also, back to one of my original questions, is the 6850 overkill for the i3? I also read some reviews, and they suggested that the stock fan is ineffective and loud, should I go for an aftermarket solution?
  5. Check out my $650 build in my signature. Just add some a mouse and such.
  6. ltdan said:
    I sliced it down to 4 Gigs of RAM, I'm going to keep the PSU. I feel dumb because I made a mistake and choose the 1 TB drive when I was calculating the price, instead of the 500 Gig you suggested. I have now recalculated, and the gross price stands at $836.84, and a very pleasing $801.84 after rebates. Also, back to one of my original questions, is the 6850 overkill for the i3? I also read some reviews, and they suggested that the stock fan is ineffective and loud, should I go for an aftermarket solution?


    nope, the 6850 is not over-kill for the i3... and you don't need an after-market cooler with no overclocking...
  7. samuelspark said:
    Check out my $650 build in my signature. Just add some a mouse and such.

    How does the 560 Ti compare to the 6850?
    Also, would a i3-2120 be worth $5 for 300 more Mhz?
  8. ltdan said:
    How does the 560 Ti compare to the 6850?
    Also, would a i3-2120 be worth $5 for 300 more Mhz?


    For $5 it's a small luxury. Also the 560 Ti is a lot better than 6850. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=330
  9. 6850 < 6870 / 560 < 6950 / 560Ti

    (and i'd pay the extra $5 for 300 MHz)
  10. I'm going for the 2120! I will be sticking with the 6850, the 6870 would tack on $35 more. That may not seem like much, but $800 already has my wallet screeching at me. Also, I heard that Newegg charges sales tax and Amazon does not. Is this true?
  11. ltdan said:
    I'm going for the 2120! I will be sticking with the 6850, the 6870 would tack on $35 more. That may not seem like much, but $800 already has my wallet screeching at me. Also, I heard that Newegg charges sales tax and Amazon does not. Is this true?


    "Newegg charges the appropriate state and/or local sales tax for any order shipping to California, New Jersey, and Tennessee" quoted from:

    http://www.newegg.com/HelpInfo/FAQDetail.aspx?Module=2

    *Does Newegg charge sales tax?
  12. Amazon also charges a sales tax.
    "Please be aware that purchases shipped to Tennessee may be subject to Tennessee Use Tax (T.C.A. § 67-6-210) unless an exemption exists under Tennessee law." I'll just stick with Newegg so I don't have to file that pesky paperwork.
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