Need input on this build please!

Please review this build. I need to shave off some $$ to get it within my budget. This is for my son. He loves playing SWTOR!

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: less than 700.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (SWTOR), school work, surfing the internet, watching movies,

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Here's the list of parts. I need the experience of this fourm to review this build for any compatibility issues or better choices in parts:

Intel Core i3-2100

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB

SAMSUNG B300 Series S23B300B Black 23"

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Logitech K350

The total so far is $816.00 before rebates. After rebates, 781.00

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Win 7 pro

Got a mouse...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, or any place better

Location: central NC

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Whatever works reliably!

Overclocking: Maybe later

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

I'm open to any recommendations!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: old notebook not cutting the gaming

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  1. Hey,

    I don't believe that you need an aftermarket CPU cooler because you won't be overclocking with that CPU.

    If you do decide to get the CPU cooler, somebody might bring up a good reason, you should look at the clearance of your RAM and cooler. The heat spreaders on the G.Skill's might get in the way of the cooler so look into low profile RAM if this is the case.
  2. I will have to check on it, thks!
  3. A good list of parts.
    I think the i3-2100 and 6870 is a well balanced combo.

    The stock Intel cooler will come with pre-applied paste, and is adequate.
    But, I do like the hyper212, particularly at that price. It will come with adequate paste, so you need not buy extra.

    You really don't need it for cooling, but the 120mm fan will keep your rig quieter.
    Also, for the new builder, the backplate mount is much easier to mount. The Intel pushpins can be tricky.

    One thing you DO need is a hard drive or SSD.

    If you can manage a 60gb or 90gb ssd for the os and a game or two, you will not regret it.
    Everything you do will feel so much quicker. If you will store video's, then you will need a hard drive.

    The ram is fine, but the low profile ares version costs no more, and will not interfere with a cpu cooler.

    I think you might like the Antec 300 illusion case better at a similar price. 1000+ reviewers can't be far wrong:

    Is there some feature of windows 7 pro that you need? For most home desktop users there is little reason to buy it.

    I see a keyboard, but no mouse.
    I am not much in favor of wireless keyboard and mouse unless wired is not an option.
  4. ok. you don't need the fan or thermal compound, the stock fan will be fine since the i3 won't overclock.

    here's my shot at your needs from PC Part Picker.

    It comes out about $756. still more than your $700 budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI H61M-P23 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.75 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($157.56 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.81 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Rosewill RM-2400L Wired Laser Mouse ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $756.67
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-24 22:57 EDT-0400)

  5. I did forget to include the hdd in the list. updated...
  6. Is the GTX 560 better than the HD 6870?
  7. Changed the case.
  8. spymaxx said:
    Is the GTX 560 better than the HD 6870?

    Both cards are comparable in performance.
    If you have a preference for AMD or Nvidia, then let that factor decide.

    Also, ScrewySqrl had a good suggestion for a i3-2120. It is only $5 more, but gets you from 3.1 to 3.3.
    But... if you live near a microcenter, they will sell you a i3-2100 for $90. A good deal.

    To save a bit more, why not use a less expensive M-ATX motherboard?
    It will have only 4 expansion slots vs. 7, but how many other than the pci-e X16 slots are you ever going to use.
    Here is one for $67:

    Good choice on Samsung for a monitor.

    Here is a link to the g.skil ares ram; actually a tad cheaper:
  9. I guess the biggest reason for staying with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is for future upgrading. As far as the ram, not many reviews on that one... I will look at the i3-2120.

    Thanks so much for your help!
  10. For the $5 buck difference, I'll go with the i3-2120.

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