New Build List, would like feedback


I am attempting my first build with some help from a knowledgable friend, but would like some feedback/comments/suggestions on the build i am currently planning. This is a budget build for under $1000 with everything, and i hit the mark with my current full parts list. The end result is a system for $913 USD (minus $40 with MIR, so perhaps ending at $873) with all the parts bought and shipped from newegg. Many of the parts i cannibalized from another build i saw on this website with some minor and major corrections of my own. I would just like some others thoughts on the build, as i am quite new at this. Looking for a build capable of playing Skyrim. Not looking for anything spectacular or mind-blowing.

Over clocking: Maybe

Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Res: 1920x1080

Heres the current build list with links:

Microsoft Windows 7 $99

Processor: $125
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

Harddrive: $70
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD: $18

Tower: $50
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Monitor: $150
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1

Videocard: $170
XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power supply: $60
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Keyboard/mouse: $28
Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse

Memory: $47
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

Mobo: $95
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  1. You're wasting $ on a Z77 board. i3-2120/H67 is what you should use.
  2. Best answer
    Check out my $650 build here:
    Windows (+100)
    Monitor (+110)
    DVD burner (+19)
    Your Mouse+Keyboard (+28)
    Total: $907

    Get a better PSU, plus a better CPU and a close to equivalent board.
  3. Thanks for the input guys, i upgraded the PSU to 520w antec you suggested in your build list, contemplating the i5 3450 you suggest as well (i have all weekend to think it over) what mother board would you suggest? Would you support azeem in the H67 or the AsrockB75m you suggest in your build list?
  4. B75M, H67 is outdated plus it costs more. The B75M although m-ATX can use CF if you want to (granted it's 16x/4x but so is many other boards at this price range) the i5 3450 will allow you to make use of PCI 3.0 in B75.
  5. Sold, i'll up to the i5 and go with the B75m, although wouldn't it make sense to go with the monitor i listed above to make use of the HDMI over the one you suggested? I haven't seen the difference in visuals, but i heard it is noticeable at higher resolutions.
  6. Up to you. Mainly chosen to save money. but you can go HDMI if you want.
  7. Ah, well thank you very much for the help, i believe i have the perfect build for the money!
  8. Haha no problem! Good luck!
  9. Best answer selected by Kilroy1988.
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