Please tell me any compatibility problems, upgrades or anything else you can think of...budget of around $900, thanks. I'm pretty much a newbie. I'm stumped on the cpu/mobo/gpu combo. I'm going for maximum gaming performance. I thoroughly researched the forums and came up with this..tell me what you guys think
Excellent choices. You obviously did your homework. You chose RAM that runs at the JEDEC standard 1.8V. You've chosen excellent bang for buck components. The PSU isn't cheap crap. Your Retail optical drive will include software including the decoder. There's nothing missing that I see.
Tweaks? Minor, feel free to ignore. Normally, I would not choose that case, because unlike in the CoolerMaster RC690, there is no bottom vent for the PSU to draw its air. Your PSU has its fan on the end, but it is still pulling its air down, contradicting the tendency of warm air to rise.
I haven't looked at the benchmarks, and I am sure the difference is small, but I see a lot more recommendations for Western Digital's 640GB hard drive.
If you are planning to Crossfire a second video card, you'll want a bigger PSU, around 650W. If not, the one you've chosen should be fine.
That's it though, I think you'll be happy with this system.
jtt283: Thank you kindly sir!! You are obviously a man who knows his stuff. Think I'm going to stick with the Antec 300 case but take your recommendation about the 650w psu and get the combo deal that Groo so kindly pointed out to me below, thanks Groo!
The e7200 can OC more than just a tad, but good if you're after a little juice. I'd also suggest going for the 8500 if you want a little juice without O.C and get quad-core performance. Perhaps 1066 mem too.