$800 limit First Build, Curious about working set up

Approximate Purchase Date: April 20, 2012

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SWTOR, Minecraft, GW2, Diablo 3, etc)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg

Country: Eastern USA

Overclocking: Maybe someday

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, once I get situated


Mobo - ASRock Z68

GPU - Radeon HD 6850

CPU - Intel Core i3-2100

RAM - G.SKILLS Ripjaw Series 8GB

HDD - 500GB 7200RPM HDD

Optical Drive - Lite-On OD

Power Supply - 650W Power Supply

Case - Cooler Master

OS - Windows 7

Total - $766.91

This will be my first build. Regardless of that, I mainly want to know if this set up will work together without a problem. Thanks for the help in advance.
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  1. if you're going to use an i3, might as well use an i3-2120, its 3$ for 200 mhz of speed
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    if you're going to use an i3, might as well use an i3-2120, its 3$ for 200 mhz of speed


    While you don't normally notice the speed difference between +-.2GHz in this case if it's only a $3 difference I say go for it.

    That build looks good - there's not a whole lot I would change - maybe get the 6870 for your GPU instead - it's only a $20 difference.
  3. Go AMD.

    You can get a solid Mobo, the new 8 core FX processor, solid graphics card, etc. for easily less than $800.

    I got everything below for my new build from newegg.com for about $650:

    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    Proc: AMD FX-8120
    Graph1: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
    Graph2: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
    Memory: GSKILL RipJaw 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    DVD2: LG 24x DVD RW

    I already have the parts below from a previous build that I am including with this one:

    DVD1: Lite-ON 20x DVD RW
    HDD1: WD VelociRaptor 146GB 10K SATA
    HDD2: Seagate Caviar 500GB 7200 RPM SATA II
    Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
    PSU: Corsair 650W


    A build like this will run stuff like Diablo 3 just fine.....
  4. dconway32 said:
    Go AMD.

    You can get a solid Mobo, the new 8 core FX processor, solid graphics card, etc. for easily less than $800.

    I got everything below for my new build from newegg.com for about $650:

    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    Proc: AMD FX-8120
    Graph1: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
    Graph2: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
    Memory: GSKILL RipJaw 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    DVD2: LG 24x DVD RW

    I already have the parts below from a previous build that I am including with this one:

    DVD1: Lite-ON 20x DVD RW
    HDD1: WD VelociRaptor 146GB 10K SATA
    HDD2: Seagate Caviar 500GB 7200 RPM SATA II
    Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
    PSU: Corsair 650W


    A build like this will run stuff like Diablo 3 just fine.....


    Really? The FX-8150 has so many problems with it that it's hard to recommend it, there's a few articles that explain it better than I can:

    - Benchmarks: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120.html
    - Windows fix issues: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-hotfix-bulldozer-performance,3119.html

    The only advantage that AMD offers over Intel for the price is the unlocked multiplier but even that isn't enough when if you look at the benchmarks, the FX-8150 is outperformed by the $70 Pentium G620.
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