First time builder looking for advice

So I'm looking to spend no more than $700 and this is the build i have decided on as of right now. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Processor - Intel Core i3 2120 $124.98

Motherboard - MSI H67A-G43 [B3] $84.99 - $20.00 rebate = $64.99

Video card - Gigabyte Radeon HD6850 1GB $140.79 - $10.00 rebate = $130.79

Hard drive - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 $78.38

Optical Drive - Asus 24xDVD-RW $21.48

Power Supply - Antec VP-450 $37.56

Memory - G. SKILL NS 4GB [2 x 2GB] DDR3 1333 $22.99

CASE - Cooler Master HAF 912 $66.42

Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit $96.48


Total comes to $674.07 - $30 mail-in rebate = $644.07

Any comments on better parts that will keep me under $700 is greatly appreciated.
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  1. nice build

    for a budget build i would usually go less on the case and more on other things like hardware and focus the extra cash on the fancy things

    4GB is enough but a 450 PSU is really cutting it close i would upgrade it to maybe a 500-600 Watt but you may be fine with just a 450w

    here is a better deal for HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.936991
    $13 off with a DVD burner
  2. Well I would spend a little more on the video card if it were me. Newegg has the Sapphire 6950 on sale right now for $199 which would be a good step up from the HD6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987 . But then again you would also need to get a good quality PSU.
  3. i could go to the NZXT source 210 case for 39.99 and save me 25 dollars. That combo deal with dvd burner and hard drive saves me 20 so got an extra 45.00 dollars to spend now
  4. bprocell002 said:
    i could go to the NZXT source 210 case for 39.99 and save me 25 dollars. That combo deal with dvd burner and hard drive saves me 20 so got an extra 45.00 dollars to spend now



    thats $45 u can save for yourself or add on to the build that can help such as a better graphics card

    i would say stick with 6850 until you can upgrade into something like a 7850

    can go 6950 but it is only a bit better than 6870

    other than that you can upgrade MOBO/CPU but i don't think an extra $45 will cut it for a good combo deal

    another thing you can do is spend the extra $45 on a better board like a Z77 board that can upgrade into an i5 3570k later
  5. nice combo deal. definitely go for that. i also think you should look to get more wattage on your PSU. Here's a couple good options:

    Rosewill 530w 80+ certified: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

    cooler master 450w bronze certified: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060

    Seasonic 520w bronze certified modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093

    any of those would be able to accommodate your video card choices and are more efficient, relatively cheap, and better than the antec you chose.
  6. I actually go a extra $100 to spend now becuase my budget is at 700 and with that new case and dvd/hard drive combo ill be at about 600 after mail-in rebates
  7. if you have a microcenter near you, you can get an i5 3570k for $190

    with their deal if you buy a i5 3570k you can get $50 off on certain boards

    i would go with ASrock extreme4 which will be $89.99

    it will fit budget and you do not have to pay for shipping
  8. canyoudigit489 said:
    nice combo deal. definitely go for that. i also think you should look to get more wattage on your PSU. Here's a couple good options:

    Rosewill 530w 80+ certified: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

    cooler master 450w bronze certified: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060

    Seasonic 520w bronze certified modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093

    any of those would be able to accommodate your video card choices and are more efficient, relatively cheap, and better than the antec you chose.



    Thanks for the input. I think im going to go with that Rosewill 530w
  9. boulbox said:
    if you have a microcenter near you, you can get an i5 3570k for $190

    with their deal if you buy a i5 3570k you can get $50 off on certain boards

    i would go with ASrock extreme4 which will be $89.99

    it will fit budget and you do not have to pay for shipping



    The nearest microcenter is 4 hours away, don't know if ill make that trip but I'm pretty positive i am going to switch the ASrock extreme4. thanks for the help
  10. bprocell002 said:
    The nearest microcenter is 4 hours away, don't know if ill make that trip but I'm pretty positive i am going to switch the ASrock extreme4. thanks for the help


    dang that kinda sucks

    if you think the gas is worth it go for it.

    it is pickup only and the original price on it is $139 so with the $50 off is $89 and you have to buy the i5 3570k to get the discount

    tax might make it over budget just letting you know now
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