My First Build, Opinions/Compatibility Check

Budget Range: Around $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Usage, Homework

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts not needed: CD drive, HDD

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: U.S.

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Thoughts and advice is welcome. Also, if anyone notices a compatibility issue or if I need a larger PSU please tell. This will be my first PC build. I am doing it because I am interested in learning more about how computers and software work. Plus, I enjoy Gaming and need an upgrade from the current shared family computer.

My Newegg wishlist with my current build is here:
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  1. Looks pretty good but let's see what other have too say
  2. if you want to go amd then go fx if intel then i5-2500k@3.3 ghz

    Gpu get at least a 6870,I would do this

    Same motherboard but a 4150 fx cpu and a GTX 480 gpu.
  3. Get an intel chip instead. The i3 is about the same price and will perform better.

    Second, you could get a cheaper PSU (around 500w) and use the money to get a 6870.

    Finally, I'd recommend a better RAM manufacturer like Samsung, Corsair, or GSkill. (In that order).
  4. The i5 3570k is hard to beat. would choose it over any i3
  5. 2fast4thetown_down said:
    The i5 3570k is hard to beat. would choose it over any i3

    OBLIOUSLY (on purpose)
  6. If I had the budget for an i5 I would go for it but currently I don't. I can however do an i3 2120.

    Here's the Intel i3 build:

    And the processor/Mobo Combo:

    Intel Core i3 2120 Sandy Bridge + Biostar TZ68K MOBO

    If I choose to I can upgrade to an i5 or i7 in the future with the LGA 1155 socket luckily.

    One Question. If the Radeon 6870 requires 2 6 pin power connectors, will one 6 pin and 1 6+2 pin work to power the card by simply leaving out the +2?

    Thanks for the help guys btw.
  7. Get better ram like g.skill snipers and you are good.
  8. That doesn't make the RAM he chose bad. It's just fine.
  9. I know I just said the sniper are better/
  10. Doesn't make it better either...
  11. Okay just my opinion
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