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Advice on this 650$ budget build

i have a 650$ budget build here, and i would appreciate if someone looked over it,

to see if all the parts are compatible and if im getting the best bang for my buck

i already have a good case sitting, waiting to get built in, so i dont need a new one.

CPU
Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
220$

PSU
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
60$

Graphics Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
120$

Motherboard
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
95$

RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
45$

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
60$
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  1. Best answer
    Your parts are compatible.
    But, if your use is for gaming, as indicated by a discrete graphics card, I think you can do better by reallocating your budget.
    For gaming, the graphics card is all important, more so than the cpu.

    The 3550 is a nice cpu, but most games only use 2-3 cores. A good dual core would cost much less and still be a good performer.
    Read this on <$200 gaming cpu's:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859.html

    My rule of thumb is to allocate twice your cpu budget for the graphics card.
    With your combined budget, that would pair a $120 cpu with a $240 graphics card.

    I would look at a $125 i3-2120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    And pair it with a $240 graphics card like a GTX560ti:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    If you can manage it, the newly announced GTX660ti @$300 is a blockbuster.

    The 520W psu you selected is a good one, and will power any of these cards.
  2. so i should replace the cpu with this

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

    and replace the graphics card with this

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    and that will get the most out of this build?
  3. I'd aim for the HD 7850 or GTX 660Ti for your graphics card, even if it means a cheaper CPU. As the previous poster said, GPU is more important than CPU in like 90% of games.
  4. BadAssTurtle said:
    so i should replace the cpu with this

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

    and replace the graphics card with this

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    and that will get the most out of this build?


    Yes, I think that is a better balance for your budget.

    If you can manage a $300 graphics card, the GTX660ti is a big jump that is probably worth it.
    I like this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809
  5. Best answer selected by BadAssTurtle.
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