First time building, reccomendations?

Budget is 500-700. I'm just making this for gaming (ARMA 2, BF2, and possibly ARMA 3 in the future) and maybe a little recording. I'm upgrading because my laptop has started playing games (well, Vindictus) with terribly low framerate.

This is what I've come up with so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jfvI

I've already got a mouse, keyboard, monitor and W7 though I might get a new monitor later, 1680x1050 being the biggest I'll probably go. I don't think I want to overclock and I don't care for sli/crossfire either.

Is the i5 worth it? Seems like it might help in the future with more games being quad core compatible or so I've heard. I was also thinking of upgrading to a 7850 if it's a big enough upgrade.
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  1. Well for once someone asks and actually posts a quite good build.
    As for the i5 I do think it's worth spending the money over the i3.
    As for memory you want it to be dual channel so make it 2 x 2 GB
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996946
    Lastly yes I would go for the 7850 (or a 7870 because they have one in stock for an amazing price) since it is a significant upgrade.
    7850- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h785qn2g2m
    7870- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h787q2g2m
  2. The Samsung Spinpoint has a warranty that was reduced to a miserable one year. Look for at least a three year warranty; most of the WD Black drives still have a five year warranty.
    I'd get a dual-channel RAM kit (two sticks). While 2x2GB is still enough, getting 2x4GB may give you a little more future-resistance.
    I'd get an IB CPU like an i5-3470. It's a little faster, uses a little less power, and gives you PCIe3.0; not a big deal today, but again might offer a little bit of future-resistance.
  3. I think for now you should get i3 at higher clocks it is better than i5 you picked.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115092

    Also memory these are 2x4GB and cost $29 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220738

    GOD!
    H77? never get that cheap on MB
    This one is OK. Only $99.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646

    As for the video
    get used 6950 for $160 on ebay ...performance somewhere between 7870 and 7950
    you can't beat that for 160
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATI-Sapphire-Radeon-HD-6950-2GB-DDR5-PCIE-VIDEO-GRAPHICS-CARD-ONLY-100312-3L-/160883758133?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item25756b5435
  4. That motherboard is fine. Guess what... you can go cheaper on those if you don't have a huge budget and it's a good brand. Secondly the 6950 is worse than a 7870. Although that is a good price but I don't like the brand of the cheaper one so if he does get one make it the Sapphire. Don't get an i3 but do get a ivy bridge i5 if you can.
  5. Ok, I took some advice and updated a bit. Any more recommendations? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jgfW
  6. Just one thing. You can get a better 7850 for the same price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405
  7. You can upgrade memories from 4 to 8GB for $10 more

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220705
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