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$600 Gaming build - Will this work? Advice appreciated!

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June 30, 2012 7:11:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: The next few days. July 4th at the latest.

Budget Range: ~$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Movies > music production/graphics design.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers, monitor, keyboard, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, newegg, any other online retailer available in the US!

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Ideally I want an Intel CPU (i3 preferably).

Overclocking: Maybe (if I get an i5-2500k I will definitely consider OCing)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet.

Additional Comments: I'll be using this computer to play a wide variety of games, such as, but not limited to Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Skyrim, League of Legends, Witcher 2, Battlefield 3, GTA, and CS: GO. I also want to be able to use the computer to do graphics design and music production. I will also most likely get a Linux partition in addition to Windows for programming.

Here's my build (at the moment it comes to $566.47):
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b6T5

Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I3-2120BOX&c=C...

Biostar TZ77B ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-Mushkin%20Enhanced-_-20226099&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&ma...

OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&m...

Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057FRTPW/?tag=pcpapi-20

Is this build decent, and is everything compatible? Am I missing anything? And lastly, does anyone see any potential improvements? I actually ran a bit under my planned budget so I could spend a bit more :) !

I want to buy this computer ASAP, so your advice is appreciated!

June 30, 2012 7:17:50 AM

thats decent. Try to stay on medium (it'll be like a console) and it will be quick
June 30, 2012 7:27:09 AM

ProdigyForce said:
thats decent. Try to stay on medium (it'll be like a console) and it will be quick


Alright thanks for the reply!

Would replacing the i3-2120 with an i5-2500k be worthwhile? I think it would still work with my mobo & setup (correct me if I'm wrong). Although I'm afraid my video card would bottleneck. Is that the case?

It would jack up the price to ~$620, but if it's worth it I would be willing to shell out more cash. I figure if I OC I'll need an aftermarket cooler, but initially I don't plan to.
June 30, 2012 8:18:46 PM

Here's my final build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b8zb

It all checks out right? I was considering swapping the i5-2500k with a 3570k perhaps. Opinions?
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