System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D modeling, Streaming HD movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, Monitor, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: intel
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
I was Thinking on going with a i3 2120 and a Radeon HD 6850. But those arent required. I just want something that can play and game at good fps max settings isnt required. I dont need Monitor, Mouse, or OS. I have been trying to write up builds but im not sure on compatibility of the items im choosing. Please help xD
Total 690 if I were you I would look around check Amazon ebay ext. It is also very important that you do not skimp on the power supply. Do not be fooled by the wattage reading what you really need to pay attention to is the volts. For gaming you will need something around 12 volts at 40 amps minimum at least that is what my Asus 6870 said on the box. You can shop around and save save some money but the problem is all the stuff comes at different times and it takes forever to find all of the best deals. I spent 2 weehs shopping around and only saved 50 or 60 bucks.
Basically, the first generation Core i processors (i7-920, i5-750, i3-530, etc.) used an architecture called "Nehalem" that came out in 2008. In 2010, 2nd Gen Core i (includes i3-2120, i5-2500K, i7-2600K, i7-3960X) came out and was called "Sandy Bridge".
"Ivy Bridge", the 3rd Generation launches in less than a week. Just wait a week and see if it drops prices of older CPUs or has new ones at the price of the current ones. (Tom's Hardware will have articles about it on the front page).
As far as the NVidia GTX 660Ti--NVidia just launched the "Kepler" GPU architecture in late March. It's their first architecture change since early 2010. Right now, they only have the $500 flagship card available, but other mainstream parts should launch in the next few weeks. (Tom's Hardware will have articles about it on the front page). At a minimum, it should help with prices for currently available graphics cards.
I guess, in a nutshell. This week is the worst time to buy a computer since November 2010. So wait two weeks.