Help!

Hi, I'm going to do a massive upgrade for my computer, pretty much building it from scratch as I'm going to replace my video card, my CPU, my power supply and my motherboard.

I've decided on the MSI Radeon 4850 for the video card,
Corsair 620HX for the power,
Intel E8400 for the CPU,

but I haven't decided what motherboard I should get. I have limited knowledge in compatibility. I may want these products, but are they compatible? What motherboard should I get that would not only be compatible with these products, but a very good buy? Any assistance would be most welcome.

Important fact: This is for a GAMING computer, just to keep that in mind.
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  1. What is your total budget?
    What do you have now and want to use in the new system?
  2. ACPI Uniprocessor PC
    WDC WD50 00KS-00MNB0 SCSI Disk Device
    LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-160P6S
    Linksys Wireless-N PCI Adapter WMP300N
    AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+
    1.5G RAM

    My total budget is around $700-800 to buy the aforementioned components (vid card, CPU, power, motherboard). I want to use the components I've already listed in my original post.
  3. Besides what you already picked, this is what you'll need:

    ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

    You can get in a combo deal with the E8400 and save yourself $35.

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

    And you've done a great job choosing those components.
  4. Okay, cool, thanks! I do have another question. See, I have an SCSI 500gb hard drive (wdc wd50 00ks-00mnb0 scsi to be precise) and I know most motherboards nowadays use SATA (I believe?). Is my hard drive incompatible? If so, is there any way around this without having to buy a new hard drive as well? Any suggestions?
  5. Yes, there are SCSI controllers, however they cost upwards of $150. On the other hand you can find a new WD 500GB SATA drive for $70-75 nowadays... so it's not cost effective to keep your old drive.
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