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An $800ish gaming build question

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July 15, 2012 3:35:20 AM

Hi! This is my first post here, so bear with me. I haven't ever built a computer but have taken a fair few apart (mostly older though). I have a few friends that will be able to help me put it together and all.
I am trying to get a pc that will play bf3, skyrim, starcraft, CoD, etc. at respectable settings. I have read quite a few recent posts about builds and have come up with one that is $875. I think that it will all work but want to make sure! I plan on purchasing this at the end of the summer (august or september hopefully).

Here is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/c7C1

CPU: i3 2120 3.3 GHZ Dual Core $109.99
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7850 2gb $249.99
MOBO: ASrock Extreme3 Gen3 $127.86
PSU: Antec 650W ATX12V $64.99
CASE: Antec one illusion $54.99
MEMORY: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $42.99
SSD: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $89.99
OPTICAL Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $98.98
Total: $874.75 after mail in rebates

This pc will be used almost exclusively for gaming, so I picked the 120gb SSD over a larger HDD (I have a laptop for music, movies, etc). I think that the i3 will be adequate enough to run most games since the GPU is used a lot more for games, right? Is the PSU ok? I will be playing on a 19" HDTV (1080p I believe) if that will work. If it won't, what monitor would you recommend on a budget? I might be able to salvage an optical drive and save a bit on that (hopefully I can find a copy of windows 7 for a bit cheaper too). Does this build look ok (compatible with itself)? Are there any ways I could bring down the price without sacrificing too much gaming potential? If I can find a friend who can give me windows 7 I might upgrade mobo/CPU to the Z77 and the i5 2500 or 3570 if that would be worth it. Again, I am planning on purchasing this in August hopefully, but probably September is more likely. Thanks in advance for any answers!

July 15, 2012 3:36:30 AM

Oh. I forgot to ask about the CPU cooler! I picked that one at random since most of the builds I could find didn't really say anything about them. Is it ok, or would something else be better?
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July 15, 2012 4:27:00 AM

If you get the i3 2120 you don't need to buy a cpu cooler the stock cooler will work fine. Now if you get the i5 2500k or 3570k then get the cpu cooler if you plan on overclocking. The psu is good. About the hdtv you should check its response time if it's under 8ms you should be fine.
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