I'm fairly new to the whole computer building thing and I am looking to build my first pc. (I will use it primarily for gaming) I'm hoping someone will look over each of these parts and confirm their compatibility and that I'm really getting the most bang for my buck.
The area in this build I am most concerned with is the motherboard. It is pretty cheap as motherboard's go, and doesn't have many reviews. The reviews not complaining about DOA (doa doesn't overly concern me since I can send it back and get a new one and then be covered by a three year warranty) said it was great, had a lot of nice features and was good quality (for the price)
Anyways, here it goes. I'll just start with all the general information I'm supposed to post when asking for help.
Approximate purchase date: Yet to be determined. Probably in about 3 months, once I do more research and take apart an old computer
Budget Range: 600-650$ after rebates. Pretty strict on the budget. I still need an OS which will put it up to 750$
System Usage: Gaming
Parts not required: Speakers, mouse, monitor
Preferred website: Newegg
Overclocking: For now, no. When I upgrade the processor later, I will overclock.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Not 100% sure on the motherboard. Unfortunately since my budget is pretty tight, I can't afford to go much higher than the one I will list. I have some questions about it, primarily, is it compatible with the IvyBridge processors?
Now that I've got all that out of the way, I'll give you the build itself:
Really? I had heard that the 6870 was capable of maxing some games (not BF3 or Skyrim, of course, but still). Is the cpu bottlenecking it in any way? And if it is, would the phenom x4 965 bottleneck it as well?
Don't bump that gets you in trouble on this forum. That is a good build for $600. Probably the best you're going to be able to do. Except for the Biostar motherboard, I can't stand Biostar products. If something goes wrong, and trust me it will. (I've had to return 4 out of 5 Biostar boards to the manufacturer to be fixed and everytime they send me another board it is also defective within weeks, sometimes immediately) Their customer service is horrible, but not as bad as their products. That being said, here is a better board, slightly more expensive, but leaps and bounds over the Biostar.
Yep stickg1 gave some good advice. Get that asrock z77 pro3 - it is great and more than sufficient for your needs.
Plus, the 6870 can max pretty much every game @1080p (except BF3 of course). But it will play BF3 @45+ on a mix of high/ultra and maybe no AA. There really wont be much of a quality hit between ultra and high, so yeah.
The CPU is not bottlenecking - that CPU will even keep a 570 fed with data. Its just that a quadcore CPU may provide more futureproof - except if your upgrading to Haswell next year