First Time Builder - $550 Budget MMO Gaming PC

Hello, I'd like to get some review on this build and would like some feedback. Please feel free to recommend other items if you feel they are a better choice and within the designated price range.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 - 2 months

Budget Range: $500 - $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming ( WoW, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2), internet surfing, and school work.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and optical drive. Reusing an old hard drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: I'd like to have the option available

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 24" LCD

Additional Comments: This is my first time building and I don't know much about these things, so please bear with me. :wahoo:


Newegg Wishlist:

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46(x16, x8 slots seems nice considering the price)-$89.99

CPU: Athlon II x3 455 (hoping i'll get lucky and unlock a core) - $79.99

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 (lifetime warranty :D ) - $149.99

PSU: Antec HCG-620M 620W (CrossFire ready) - $89.99

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 Low Profile - $29.99

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $29.99

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
Rosewill Challenger - $49.99

Subtotal: ~$530
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  2. That is a great build you have there. Should run any game on at leas medium/high settings @1080p.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions! It seems like these motherboards only have 1 PCIE 2.0 slot though, which doesn't give me the choice to use Crossfire/SLI in the future. However, after thinking about it more, I realize that I only plan to use one monitor and that the games I want to play doesn't even support Crossifre/SLI. So my question is if it is worth having the Crossfire/SLI option open to me for the future, or if it's just more trouble than it is worth?
  4. With a case + psu deal I decided to choose a 6870 over the 6850.

    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 (16x,8x) ~ $90

    Case + PSU: Rosewill Challenger + HIVE-650W ~ $105

    GPU: XFX HD Radeon 6870 ~ $190

    CPU + Memory: Athlon II x3 455 + AMD Performance Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) ~ $110

    CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 ~ $30

    Subtotal ~ $530 / $500 after rebate

    If anybody can tell me if the CPU would bottleneck the GPU that would be great.
  5. hey quick, i like the build recon linked, its a little above your range but like he said, it'll be the best bang for the buck.
    you can remove the hdd from the pricing which will bring it down 74 dollars.
    but then again, if you're using an old hdd, that'll be more of the bottle neck then anything else.

    p.s. i'm also a biased EVGA gamer :P
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