I assume it's for gaming? Depending on the games you play, you might want to try and squeeze in a better GPU.
Check with microcenter (assuming you are ordering there because you live close to one), they were/are offering discounts on motherboards with the purchase of a processor. It might be for IB only though.
Otherwise, not a bad build if it's for gaming. You could go to an i3-2100 to spend more on a GPU.
A budget would be great to know. However, for a few extra bucks you could get a lot more horsepower out of this system. I also think a 6850 would be better than a 650, granted its slightly more. Changed the processor to a 3450 which is a Ivy Bridge, changed to 8GB of Patriot RAM as 4GB will be hit almost instantly. Changed to a Seasonic PSU with slightly more wattage, Seasonic, Corsair, and Antec make some of the best PSU for reference.
Not sure if we are allowed to use tools such as Quixby here (Sorry if not, I will remove it). However it does check compatibility for you, Im a active builder and part of the project (for full disclosure). Just trying to help the OP.
Again if you can afford another $70 and want to overclock there are some good options.
Are you sure about that? I'm FAIRLY certain (as in 80%) that IB is backwards-compatible with Z68. Or else we would have heard a LOT more about that.
it is backwards compatible, BUT you have to flash the bios. i've heard complaints already before(some guy mistakenly bought a h61 mobo that said ivy bridge compatible and didn't know about the flashing). Its always better to be safe than sorry.
The price range of the PC is $750 or less. The current total price of the PC so far is ~$535. I'm not sure where to sticky the price tag.
Anyway, I appreciate the advice, but are the parts compatible with eachother?
My main concern isn't the strength and power of the PC, but I'd like to catch any errors in compatibility and learn how to fix them. If I can learn how to seamlessly mix/match parts, I can build any computer I want.
Make sure the CPU socket matches the MOBO socket.
Make sure the RAM is rated at 1.5v or less for IB builds.
Make sure the RAM is good for use on Intel systems.
Make sure the CPU Cooler says it supports the socket you're using.
CPU: If Intel, most likely LGA 1155. Make sure your mobo socket supports 1155 (most Intel ones do)
RAM: 1.5v or less for SB builds, too. Make sure that it matches the mobo socket, although I don't know of ANY mobos/RAM that aren't 240-pin. Just double-check.
Make sure your GPU fits in your case!
Make sure that the rails and stuff on your PSU are okay.
Make sure that your mobo AND your GPU support SLI/Crossfire if you're going that way.