Compatable, Alright $800 build? Criticism needed!

Approximate Purchase Date: Today - Next week

Budget Range: Around $800, cant stretch it much more :D

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Purpose, light light gaming, school work, etc..

Parts Not Required: Only OS :(

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US (Charlotte :whistle: )

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Nahh

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: I would like it to look nice.. :lol: . Is the monitor a good deal? It almost seems to good to be true..

Just want to make sure everything will work right, thanks in advance guys! Suggestions also help! :hello:


*Here is what I have so far:*

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Asus ML228H 21.5" Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 M7J-00001 USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard (not sure if I should add these)

TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter

Not sure on a video card, is it worth getting one? Also, is it worth waiting for ivy bridge? I know there wont be much of a performance boost, but is it worth it?

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  1. Well, your MB is definitely overkill, and getting a GFX card is definitely worth it if you're putting in the other stuff you're putting in. Also, 4 gigs of ram would be just fine for your purposes. As far as Ivy Bridge, it's really up to you. For your purposes, the only advantage would probably be that the prices of the Sandy series would probably drop. Here's my recommended build:

    Same except:

    4GB RAM

    MOBO only about $60, preferably ASUS or Gigabyte

    GFX card: Radeon HD 6790
  2. Looks like a real solid build. I would normally advise against 1.65v ram, but you're buying a decent motherboard with it, so I'd stay stick with the bundle savings.

    Do you have a reason for buying a full tower case? If you're not planning on filling it with hard drives and graphics cards, you can safely step down to your case's little brother, for a 30 dollar savings:

    Also, even with the lightest possible gaming (anything more than flash games) I'd recommend a discrete graphics card. You don't need to dump hundreds of dollars into one if you don't want to. Something like an HD 6670 would give you passable frame rates in most games at 720p, with lowered detail.

    That monitor is a good deal if you're wanting to go the LED route. Otherwise if you'd like something bigger ACER has some 23'' models for around the same price point.
  3. Ok, thanks for the advice! Ill defenitly go for the mid tower instead, probably going to go for a graphic card too.

    Thanks for the help!
  4. Best answer
    I'd advise dropping the MB and getting a bit different ram, something like the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB, (beyond 4gigs does nothing for games, it's proven) and spending the extra on a 6790 or 6850 if your willing to dump a bit more into it for more graphics, it will get you easily to high-ultra on most games :) especially with your budget.
  5. Yeah, Im thinking i will just spend a little more and get a decent graphics card...I might do some video editing, that mb deal is too good to pass up, Just in case i want to upgrade later :D. Which do you think has more bang for the buck, 550ti or 6850?
  6. 6850 definitely. It will get you much better performance :) The 550 ti is about equal wit the 6790, but the 6850 outclass them both.
  7. Also, if you are planning to upgrade later, good choice :)
  8. Best answer selected by justdoit.
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