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$600 Budget Gaming Build - Advice Appreciated

Hey guys,

I am planning on purchasing components for building a $600 budget gaming build this week and would really appreciate some advice from experts.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $600-$700 (After Rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, direct canada, best direct, memory express, tiger direct

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Trustworthy brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here is the build I have:

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4011&vpn=BX80623I32120&manufacture=INTEL

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39038

GPU: MSI R7770 Radeon HD 7770 OC 1GB
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38044

RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1019

HDD: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32264

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Case
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31654

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1019

A few questions I have:
Are all the components compatible?
Are any components "bottle necked"?

Thanks for your time.
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  1. Yes that's a good Setup Dude go Ahead and no bottneck since the i3 has Hyper threading
  2. Best answer
    Alright, your on the right track. There are a few changes I would like to make if I may;

    Changed;

    Motherboard; [ATX formfactor]
    BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 [Now: $109.99 + $7.49 Shipping / $10 Rebate]
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138352

    Graphics Card;
    Was: 7770 Now: 6850
    Reason: The 6850 offers much more performance and costs the same as the 7770. It also has more mature drivers since it's been around longer.
    As you can see from this benchmark [via link below] The 6850 is superior to the 7770 overall except for power consumption.
    Benchmark:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

    6850;
    http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=048886

    And viola... with these two changes, you now have extremely good Performance vs Price Ratio.
    All parts compatible and no, nothing is bottlenecked in your current build


    ~Coffee

    Quick Edit: Don't go for a mATX [MiniATX] Motherboard because those are extremely annoying to work with [Physically] and also keep in mind that every part in your PC should be cherry picked to make the most of it. Going cheap on a motherboard [Key component that interconnects ALL your other parts is not a good way to do it]
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8UrU
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8UrU/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8UrU/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $600.47
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-26 11:24 EDT-0400)
  4. I've got an idea of what to put together, but are you looking for a 700CAD limit or 700USD limit? Kind of a big difference there.

    Also, why does everything have crazy shipping costs in Canada?
  5. Wow thats for all the replies guys. I will go for the ATX form factor mobo, but I might stick with the 7770 because I was looking for lower power consumption.
  6. Best answer selected by solidstool.
  7. 7770? 6950 is way faster..
  8. Thanks tinnitus. Unfortunately due to some bad history with buying computer parts online, I have decided never to do it again.
    So I have limited myself to whatever parts Memory express has. I then find cheaper deals for those parts online and use Memory Express's uber price match guarantee.
    I looked for 6950, but Memory Express only has one model. I personally dont like HIS.
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