How good is this system? This is my first build and I feel like this could be a good build.
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case: $50
Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 80+ Certified
GPU : Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5(maybe a Radeon 7850)
CPU: AMD FX Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Quad Core
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: 500GB Seagate 7200 RPM Drive
Extra: AOC PCI High Performance Exhaust Fan
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
I want to be able to play battlefield 3 and other similar games. What could be upgraded to stay within a $750(the budget can be flexible considering I might wait till black-friday/cyber-monday) budget for the actual desktop to save money for a good monitor(probably 1920x1080) and other components, keyboard, mouse, etc...
The Processor can be changed to an AMD phenom 965 black edition. Or should I just wait for piledriver to come out. Any changes are welcome.
I'd consider switching to an Intel-based build. Bulldozer isn't the best basis for a system, given its comparatively poor performance. You could get an Intel system for similar and have a much more open upgrade path.
If you can, look at getting a better GPU for BF3...a 6950 would work, or if you can stretch to it a 7950. Alternatively, a 560Ti or 660Ti.