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Shedding off a few dollars from my build

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May 13, 2012 9:06:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week

Budget Range: $700-$850 (Before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (pretty much just D3 for now), web surfing, school

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, tigerdirect

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Pretty much just compatible parts

Overclocking: sometime in the future when I become a bit more familiar with the process

SLI or Crossfire: I would like to have this option for future upgrades

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:So I revised a previous build and I have come up with an "improved" version. replaced the amd fx-8120 cpu for an intel 15-2400 and went from a gtx 560 gpu to a radeon hd 7850. What are your thoughts on the my choice of cpu and motherboard? What would you change?
This is my first build so any help would be greatly appreciated.



intel core i5-2400 - $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 - $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB -$249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R-$17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nzxt apollo case-$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 13, 2012 9:23:45 PM

Looks pretty good but i change the cpu to intel Core i5-2500K you can't ever overclock on the one you currently picked
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May 13, 2012 9:24:12 PM

great build, nothing wrong with the locked i5 and the 7850 is a GREAT GPU for price.

ONLY thing i would do (i did it my self) was buy the unlocked i5 even if you don't plan on OCing right away, (i will some time) it's one of the smaller upgrades you can do that will make your machine that much better in the long run.
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May 13, 2012 9:27:01 PM

i would probably swap the 7850 for a gtx560ti, cheaper and performs just as well. I would probably advise against leaving the crossfire/sli option open, I have owned 3 sli boards and have never used the function. Technology changes too fast and faster cards drop in value too fast to make it worth while anymore unless your looking for an uber powerful system. better to just sell what you have and buy a better single card. you can then opt for a slightly cheaper motherboard and PSU and spend more on the vid card initially.
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May 13, 2012 9:36:54 PM

I am a bit confused on the power supply I will need. I had been using Newegg's power supply calculator but there is no option to take into account the radeon hd 7850's power consumption. Will my choice of power supply be enough?
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May 13, 2012 9:54:47 PM

bkrdc04 said:
I am a bit confused on the power supply I will need. I had been using Newegg's power supply calculator but there is no option to take into account the radeon hd 7850's power consumption. Will my choice of power supply be enough?
Yes you'll be fine bud ;) 
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