A new build (700 dollar budget)

Well, here it is :

motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 motherboard 70$

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor 190$

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit 230$

Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - PC3 50$


PSU: Seasonic M12II 520W 59.99

Computer Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 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, front mounted dual USB 3.0----Forty something

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $17

Edit: Windows 7 OS

I just need you lovely people to find me a compatiable motherboard. :D I'm not sure if I'm bottlenecking with the CPU or not. Also, if I could only get one heatsink for OCing, should it be for the gpu or cpu? Thanks!
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  1. I suggest going down to 7850 and get an i5 +H61 mobo.
  2. I'll agree with the above. I5-2400 + HD 7850 + ASRock H61M/U3S3 motherboard.

    and replace the LEPA 550W for $60 for the Seasonic M12II 520W for $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093

    also replace that seagate 7200.9 with this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    less expensive and better quality... the 7200.9s were prone to failure within 2-3 years, though newer seagates are fine
  3. Thanks guys! It's looking pretty good. I have some extra cash to blow, should I get a heatsink for the CPU or the GPu? I do wanna OC one or the other sometime.
  4. the only overclocking intel chips have a K on the end, and you need a P67/Z68/Z77 motherboard. you'll spend $50 more on the chip, and $25-30 more on a board to overclock the CPU
  5. Do you think it's really necessary or is this a good enough mid range build?
  6. I don't think he's recommending it, just stating how things are. I don't think it's worth it.
  7. Alright, thanks everyone. Thread closed/solved.
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