First budget gaming pc build. Tips/comments?

Hey everyone! So I am looking to spend under $600 (not including os) for my first build and wanted to see what yall think of the parts i'm looking at right now. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated and keep in mind of my budget. Basically I went with a lower price motherboard in order to spend a little more on the cpu and graphic/video card. Let me know what you think, such as bottlenecking, also this is strictly gaming pc but I won't be playing intense games like Crysis so i dont need top end parts. Here it is...

Processor: Intel i3 - 2120 $125

Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB $160

Memory: G Skill Ripjaw Series 8GB (2 4gb) $40

PSU: Seasonic 520W $60 (or the Corsair V2 600W if needed..its an extra 10 bucks)

Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE $70

Case: Rosewill blackbone $40

Drive: Western D Blue 500GB $70

DVD burner: Samsung 22x DVD Burner $16

Total Cost: $581
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  1. Spend abit more for a radeon 7850.
    Asus have a H61 board with usb3. So does gigabyte and asrock.
    Lite On ,Sony and Asus have 24x burners at that price.
  2. I would go with an asrock h61 micro atx mobo
    I would also go with a case like this
    There is no reason to get a big case unless you are going to use that space.
    Also you might want to just get a 1tb hard drive, they aren't that much more expensive
    Also I would recommend getting a 7850, they are only about $20 more.
  3. I do like that case and it is cheaper. Would the CPU handle the sapphire radeon 7850 w/ o bottlenecking? I thought it was a lot more expensive than that too.. Which one are you talking? Also, is this the mobo you were talking about it's also a great price and will buy that if there is no problems with it
  4. CPU can handle it. There is a 1gb 7850.
  5. Any chance you live by a Micro Center? I bought an i5-2500K and an ASRock z77 Pro3 mobo ... cpu was $159 and mobo was $95 ($254) and then I got $50 off ... but you have to go to the store.

    Way more get up and go for $10 more.
  6. No micro center near me.. In order for me to buy the 7850 might have to reduce something else in my build besides the case. I was looking at the antec vp 450 pwr supply it had great reviews.. Would that be enough watts without overworking it? Also would the 1 gb 7850 really be that much better
  7. 450w will do with a 7850. Very good power usage on it. You could even get away with a high efficiency 380w. Yes the 7850 is much better. You save on the psu for MORE performance. Win Win.
  8. Ok thanks. This is the card you are talking about correct?
  9. Yes,but the non OC card is cheaper. Overclocking is a click of a button. You can do that yourself. You can check out the xfx 450w,or rosewill capstone 450w.
  10. I couldn't find where they sell that card not you have a link?
  11. Not a us one and not even a sapphire.Carry on. Are you still outside budget?
  12. Oh I gotcha. I think I can spend just under 200 on a card..
  13. The sapphire is neat. At 1080p it's boss. Lower that and it's just the almighty.
  14. If you're willing to order from stores other than Newegg you might want to check out this videocard:

    Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 860MHZ 2GB 4.8GBPS GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card $189.99 shipped prior to $20 rebate

    Coolermaster PSUs don't have the best reputation. A better option:

    XFX 450W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 34A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze $54.99 shipped before $10 rebate
  15. On the sapphire radeon 7850 it says a minimum of 500W power supply.. so now im thinking i should just go with a that necessary?
  16. Video card manufacturers tend to specify a higher wattage PSU than what the card requires because cheap PSUs frequently don't provide the power they claim. The XFX 450W PSU is a well made unit that will provide enough power for the 7850. However Newegg just came out with some new deals, one for a PSU:

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $37.99 after $20 rebate.

    This is a better deal than the XFX.
  17. Great deal right there with those rebates..i just ordered it. I have to wait for package to arrive before i mail rebate in right? Haha first time with this stuff so bare with me
  18. Yes. You'll want to make sure it's working before you cut the UPC code off the box. Once you do that you won't be able to return it to Newegg.
  19. My only question now is about the motherboard .Supposedly this thing is only 8.9'' by 6.8'' which is tiny. I mean am I going to run into any problems with it? I know it's on the cheap side and will my video card even fit with all the wiring so close to the graphic card and cpu fan.
  20. I might be overthinking this but will that mobo be able to fit a sapphire 7850 with the gskills in there? Just looking at the pictures online and it seems kinda close to me.. anyone know for sure about this?
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