Review My FIRST Budget Gaming PC Please :) $550

Approximate Purchase Date: Middle of this month

Budget Range: $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>Movies>Surfing The Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MICROCENTER, Newegg

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 currently but I am saving up more money for another monitor that will be much better.

Additional Comments: I want to have this build that I have made down below reviewed by the "Masters" and see if this would be viable to play games such as SWTOR, Skyrim, and CoD. I don't usually play extremely GPU intensive games, so I was wondering if this would play the games I listed above at high-max settings at a steady enough FPS. I would also like to know if this build was "future proof" for upgrading CPUS/GPUS and such for a good 3-4 years. (I don't mind putting settings down low to get good FPS)


Intel i3 2100:] $99.99

MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard: $79.99 open box

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive: $84.99

Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (2x2GB): $29.99 w/ rebates

XFX Radeon 6870 1GB GDDR5: 144.99 w/ rebates

Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W 80 PLUS Certified: $49.99

Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: 39.96 open box

Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support - OEM: 17.99

547.89 W/ Rebates
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    MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard: [...] id=0374834 $79.99 open box

    Do *NOT* buy an open box motherboard, case, or what have you - those are bad news. They're usually defective products that the vendors stick on the shelves after they're returned for whatever reason. Fry's is notorious for doing this and it doesn't surprise me that Micro Center does too. You won't be able to get support for these products as they're returned already - that is take your chances when you get it.

    Get this instead as it's brand new:

    Get this for your case too as it's brand new and it comes with a $10 MIR:

    Otherwise as long as you stay away from open box equipment that build looks pretty decent for the most part with the exception of maybe the PSU - get this instead:
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