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Any compatibility issues, bottlenecking, or anything else?

Budget pc specs for under $600:

Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

HDD: Western Digital 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

GPU: XFX Double D HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

PSU: Corsair Builder Series cx500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

MOBO: Gigabyte B75 lga 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128555

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

Ok, first are there any issues such as compatibility, bottlenecking, not enough power, etc.? Then is it worth the extra money to get the dual fan version of the gpu? Finally, should I go with that cpu + mobo or should I go with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280 ? Thanks!
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  1. The i3-2120 is a far better CPU than the AMD Phenom II 965 is. But go with this as your motherboard as it will give you a bit more expansion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128550

    Otherwise that all looks pretty good to me.
  2. Ok is that gpu worth the extra money rather than just the single fan version? And I'm pretty sure I can but I want to make sure the mobo you just gave me, I can crossfire right?
  3. Jordannn15 said:
    Ok is that gpu worth the extra money rather than just the single fan version? And I'm pretty sure I can but I want to make sure the mobo you just gave me, I can crossfire right?


    Yes a full H77 ATX will allow Crossfire.

    There's actually a $30 rebate with that video card so you will actually be paying $154.99 for it.
  4. No, he will be paying $184.99 because it is not an instant rebate.
  5. I'm actually going to go with this mobo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00863R2K4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    And according to the newegg recommended psu calculator with my setup and I'm going to go with the single fan version of the 6870, I can use a 400w psu and be ok. Is that true?
  6. Jordannn15 said:
    I'm actually going to go with this mobo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00863R2K4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    And according to the newegg recommended psu calculator with my setup and I'm going to go with the single fan version of the 6870, I can use a 400w psu and be ok. Is that true?


    No - a 400W will really be stretching it. A single 6870 requires minimum 500W, if you want Crossfire you will want a 600W or a 650W.
  7. No, it requires a minimum of a GENERIC 500W. They don't tell you that in the manufacturer's website. If you see the power consumption in benchmarks, it is less than 300W for the whole system.
  8. Crossfiring won't be very soon so I'm just going to get what I can get by with right now and upgrade in the future when I have a better budget. So I can't get away with this psu: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2TM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER ?

    EDIT: or this psu has more watts and is still 80+ certified for lower price I'm pretty sure: http://www.amazon.com/Antec-VP-450-Energy-Certified-Supply/dp/B004IZN3K2/ref=pd_cp_e_2
  9. No, not that one. Get an XFX 450W and you can.
  10. Best answer
    Yes, that one will power a 6870 easily.
  11. Ok guys thanks going to order tomorrow!
  12. Best answer selected by jordannn15.
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