Originally Posted by adamjamesroe
for the combined prcie of your CPU and mobo you proboably could have got a 2500K and a H67 mobo or a lower end P67 you would have seen a huge performnce boost. and instead of a HD 6850 you should have got your self somthing like a GTX 460.
Edit: In terms of case i would probably have chosen a CM 690 II Advanced.
Edit: th PSU is a good one, would have gone with the same also for this sort of build.
Edit: if you can aford it try and splash out a little extra for 1600MHz memory i compard my 1600 MHz memory with my mates 1333MHz kit the other day and there was a hughe difference.
Caviar Balck is a great HDD cant go wrong with that.
That doesn't make any sense? For the combined price of his mobo and CPU he could get a more expensive mobo and CPU? 2500k and decent board is like 350. For the money he could have the board, cpu, cooler and PSU. Try and atleast get the 955 Black Edition. If he isn't used to overclocking, that will make it easier.
And the memory shouldn't matter in game all too much. Though try not to buy crap. For like 10% more you can buy a decent set. You should be fine with a decent 500-550w PSU, just read reviews.
Stick with the 6850. as they are faster. The 460's can overclock nicely, but you can overclock the 6850 easily enough as well. If he games at 1080p try and come up with a little more and get a 560/6870.
Sandy Bridge is great, but if your budget is less then a grand you'll get way more for your money going with Phenom II.