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Potential bottlenecks with this configuration?

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February 29, 2012 2:05:49 AM

I'm putting together a system so I can play upcoming games (Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2) well. These are my preliminary picks for the core parts (unlisted parts like hard drive will be recycled from previous system). I'm trying to stay under $500 for these main parts (CPU, motherboard, GPU, RAM, PSU, case). I'm not planning to overclock anything or add a 2nd GPU.

How does the setup look? Are there any glaring spots in the build that flat out won't work together, or cause performance bottlenecks? Is 500w sufficient for a power supply w/ this video card and CPU? Any optimization advice while staying within budget is welcomed. Thanks!


Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.35 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($147.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $492.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-28 23:03 EST-0500)

February 29, 2012 3:55:47 AM

not a bad set up. Everything you have will run with each other. I would suggest maybe getting an z68 motherboard with 3.0 pcie slots like

that will allow you to use you're motherboard for Ivy Bridge if you plan to upgrade in the not too distant future.

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February 29, 2012 7:41:36 AM

Thanks for all the replies so far.

Another question-- is the Corsair 500w PSU sufficient?
February 29, 2012 8:06:05 AM

Your PSU is good enough. However, you didn't mention what HDD/SSD you will be using. In most system, that is where the bottleneck is. A SSD will ensure you never get a bottleneck there.
February 29, 2012 9:22:44 PM

Thanks for asking-- I'll be recycling a Samsung hard drive (250gb/7200rpm/16mb cache). I really thought about getting an SSD but the prices right now are just too high to fit in my budget. It's something I definitely plan to look into for the future though.