Originally Posted by MisterFred
If your purpose is gaming, you should definitely step down to an i3-2120.
A build I put together earlier:
i3-2120 - ($110)
MSI B75 Mobo - is cheap, works, and even has USB 3.0. Luxury! ($72)
MSI 7870 ($280-$20 rebate)
2x4gb 1333mhz RAM ($35 after promo code)
Antec One - good budget case, front panel usb 3.0 ($50)
Antec Neo Eco 450c - Quality power for cheap. nice. Yes this is MORE than enough wattage for this build. Overkill, even. ($35)
Seagate Barracuda 750gb ($60)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1145Total: $659 ($639 AMIR)
That leaves you plenty of room for windows (which I didn't include), saving a few $, maybe some peripherals. And it allows a significant upgrade in video card, from a 6850 to a MUCH better 7870. It's the way to go for gaming, though if you wanted to soup up the processor a bit you could spend another $90 or so to buy an i5-3570 (currently $200 after promo code @newegg). That CPU is a bit faster than the i3 & is a true quad-core, but keep in mind games generally care far less about processor than they do graphics card.
the i5-3570 if you wanted it in place of the i3, no other components need change: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233
As far as vs. AMD, an fx-4100 can often equal the performance of an i3 in gaming, but only if very heavily overclocked. Given larger power requirements, cooling, etc., it's more expensive to go that route, and so not as good. The AMD APUs (their processors with good integrated graphics) can indeed be paired with low-end video cards, but it's rarely worth doing so, and only at lower budgets (the max performance from that route is considerably less than the graphics performance of a 6850).
This is probably my prefered build right now.
I'm looking on Amazon trying to compare the parts
i3 2120- $120
on Amazon vs $110
MSI B75 motherboard is $63
Now the graphics card, there is 2 versions of the 7870, there is an HD7870 for $330
, ans an R7870 for $260
vs Newegg's $280-20
PNY Optima 8GB is $35
Antec One is $50
Seagate Barracuda has bad reviews on Amazon, I looked at the Seagate momentus 750GB 7200 RPM, $80
The ASUS DVD burner is $20 on Amazon, but they have a Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive for $17
Amazon doesn't have the Neo Eco 450c, but they do have the Antec VP-450 $35
Also, If I can, I want to move a 160GB Hard drive from my current PC to this one instead of buying a data cable. This is a secondary harddrive in my current PC and I will just fill it up with the stuff I want to move over to my new one. Will the power supply still support this hard drive and future upgrades to the processor?Edited by ToothSlayer - 8/4/12 at 5:18pm