PC build thoughts

This is the build i came up with for under $900. Any thoughts or comments? How will this fair with games such as BF3, ME3, and Skyrim. This is the first time i've built a computer so any help is appreciated.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
----$209.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
----$114.99
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
----$46.99
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
----$69.99
GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-01-20G)
----$259.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
----$99.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer
----$69.99
Disc Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
----$16.99
Keyboard: V7 KM0Z1-5N6P Black USB Wired Slim Multimedia Keyboard
----$9.99

TOTAL: $883.91 with a $15 off promo on the cpu.

I also recieve a free copy of Dirt Showdown with the Gpu.
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  1. looks good except the MB and CPU. they are both last years models. You should get Ivy Bridge instead.
  2. Looks decent. Why Z68 if not overclocking or using dual video cards?

    You could save some money with a H61/67.

    I'd recommend a 7200rpm drive.

    A good 550w psu would be overkill, this is a can't miss deal for $35 after rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194102&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=ixahrnqdp8ip

    Your saving $40-50 by going with Sandy Bridge over Ivy Bridge, which is pretty good.
  3. Go with the i5-3450 instead of the 2500 and a Z77 motherboard like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

    And don't use a green hard drive as your primary HD - that will be a major bottleneck. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
  4. G-unit has a good point with that cpu and motherboard, but if your not overclocking or using dual video cards, get this board for your i5-3450:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157301
  5. geekapproved said:
    G-unit has a good point with that cpu and motherboard, but if your not overclocking or using dual video cards, get this board for your i5-3450:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157301


    But that's a micro ATX board though and I don't advise that because it will severely limit long term expansion plans. Go with this if you're getting an H77: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128550
  6. So the Ivy bridge is better? i was trying to look into it but couldnt find much.
  7. and which i5 ivy bridge should i go with? is there much difference?
  8. awesomeaustin88 said:
    and which i5 ivy bridge should i go with? is there much difference?


    The main two CPUs are the i5-3450 and the i5-3570K - and the only reason you would pick between the two is if you plan to overclock. If you don't plan to overclock go with the i5-3450. If you do then go with the i5-3570K.
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