First budget gaming build, thoughts?

dreb

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Hi everyone this is my first gaming build that I aimed to keep under $500-$600 before tax with room for upgrades like Bulldozer in the future. Will use it to mainly play SC2, BF:BC2 and hopefully Skyrim at high settings at 1900x1080 if it will allow.
Im in Canada so using Canadian etailers for parts.


Case($56):
Lancool PC-K56B ATX Advanced Mid Tower Case
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12610AC0697

PSU($60):
Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2 600W
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC1730

RAM($40):
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD3503

HDD($57):
Western Digital WD10EARS 1TB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR9583

Motherboard ($93)
MSI 970A-G45 ATX AM3+ 870 DDR3 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 GBLAN Motherboard
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD8071

GPU($142):
Powercolor HD6850
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=13630BD3862

CPU($70)
AMD Athlon II X3 450
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD4748

Subtotal:$518

Possible switches:

Motherboard($60):
Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P AMD760g
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD1678&vpn=GA-78LMT-S2P&manufacture=GIGABYTE


GPU($85)
Powercolor HD 6770
http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=61457&vpn=AX6770%201GBD5-H&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1367

Will these components meet my needs and still provide value for money?


Any advice or replacements would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!


 
Your choice of the MSI motherboard with a 970 series chip set is GREAT . This is the latest tech and it will mean you can upgrade your cpu to a newer bulldozer processor if you want to .
The 6850 is a better card

Future processors will need lower voltage RAM . Your site doesnt say what voltage that RAM is designed to run at but you should check its 1.5 volt .
Ideally it should be 1600MHz and 1.5 volt