Hi, this is my first build, and I'm hoping someone could check to make sure that all my parts are compatible and wont create any bottlenecks, or make suggestions on any ways to save money without a performance decrease. The PC will be mainly used for gaming. Thank you
Looks fine to me. I don't think there's a lot you could do to drop the price and not hamper performance. You could always drop the discrete sound card to save some $, but I'm assuming you've got it on there for a reason. Supposedly the new Nvidia on-board audio is better than the last generation, but I can't say for sure since I haven't heard it yet for myself.
The E6300 system will outperform the AMD rig by leaps and bounds in almost every area of computing. The performance gain from a Conroe build over an AMD rig is not as big as in gaming, but there is still some improvment. At higher resolutions though (like 1280 x 1024) the video card becomes the bottleneck, not the CPU, which is why the performance gain in gaming is not nearly as significant as other areas of computing. Agree or disagree as you wish with my suggestions, but ultimately it's up to you.
First of all, thanks for all the suggestions, I appreciate the help. The problem is that I need the computer built by August 18th (which I should have stated in my original post) and I don't know if I can get a Conroe by then (please tell me I can ).
I will upgrade my video card and change the hard drive as you suggested.