This is the first computer I have ever built.I have always been relatively tech savvy, but never really dealt with hardware. Initially decided I was going to build a computer when I went out shopping for a new gaming laptop/desktop...and holy f*ck. Either the graphics were okay and the ram sucked, or the processor was good, but no discrete graphics. The PC market is a f*cking mess to say the least.
I played around with a few AMD processor builds, but eventually decided to shell out a bit more coin for the i3-2120(nothing too crazy, not OCable, but w/e). The benchmarks I looked at seemed to be noticeably higher for the money.
Just looking for opinions and possible upgrade paths for the community, keep in mind I build this on a $700 budget.
CPU:Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155
GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
PSU: corsair cx430w v2 ----> Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W (750w in mail)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s Bare Drive
Ram: 16gigs 1333 DDR3 g.skill rip-jaw series (4x4gb) (8gigs in machine,8 in mail)CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
WIFI: Rosewill RNX-N300X PCI Wireless Adapter
OPTICAL: LITE-ON DVD Burner
Built it last Friday everything went together smooth, it booted, but me being a newb PC builder installed the GPU drivers from disk rather than getting them from site. Just got done with a week long ordeal of the gpu crashing every time I went to play a game. Initially though it was my PSU, so I ordered the 750w. Then I got to thinking about it last night, and realized I never updated my drivers. Easy newb mistake, the new psu was an un-needed purchase, but meh I can use that extra juice if I decide to slap another GPU in there.