New Budget Gaming Build

I plan on building a new computer from scratch since my dad, not knowing about OEM machines, but a machine from BestBuy back in 2005 IIRC. I'm sure it was good at the time (Gateway 840GM), but Pentium D's are pretty much obsolete/slow now, and I don't want my graphics card being bottlenecked when I get one.

So I propose this build:
http://i40.tinypic.com/1195llh.jpg

Anything you would change? I'm trying to keep it rather inexpensive, so bear with me :)

EDIT: I forgot to include some of the game I want to be able to play at high/max setting with this build:
L4D/L4D2
Garry's Mod 10
CS:S
World of Warcraft
Starcraft II and Diablo III (when they are released)
TF2
Bioshock 1/2

Will this build accomplish this?
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  1. It looks to be a right nice build you have there. :)
  2. Yup, looks like a good build, but that Antec 300 + PSU is also in a combo deal, so you can save a few bucks by buying the combo instead of buying them seperately.
  3. Okay, and three more questions. Is the PSU substantial enough to run the whole rig plus the usual DVD drive, monitor, etc.?

    And is the AMD CPU that I chose preferred over an Intel of the same $$$value at this price/performance range?

    And lastly, I have heard that the CPU I chose generates more heat and uses up to 30-40~ more watts of power than its Intel competitor. Are these two things anything to worry about with the PSU/case in this build?
    Here's the link again for easier access; http://i40.tinypic.com/1195llh.jpg


    Thanks
  4. First, you have a solid build, i just didn't see a burner on the list. Just a couple ideas.

    I'd get the Antec Earthwatts 500w with the combo deal, but the 430w would be fine for your build. I might consider going with this AM3 motherboard just to keep a future option of crossfire open for an extra $10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157161
  5. excellent build imho...
  6. dirtmountain said:
    First, you have a solid build, i just didn't see a burner on the list. Just a couple ideas.

    I'd get the Antec Earthwatts 500w with the combo deal, but the 430w would be fine for your build. I might consider going with this AM3 motherboard just to keep a future option of crossfire open for an extra $10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157161


    If you could choose one, would you choose the motherboard($10) or the 70W+ upgrade and Antec case combo ($30)?

    And does someone mind clarifying these questions?
    1. And is the AMD CPU that I chose preferred over an Intel of the same $$$value at this price/performance range?

    2. And lastly, I have heard that the CPU I chose generates more heat and uses up to 30-40~ more watts of power than its Intel competitor. Are these two things anything to worry about with the PSU/case in this build?
  7. I'd go with this combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.197378

    saving about $5 from your list. Either motherboard is a good choice. I was just pretty happy with my last Asrock motherboard (their 780G micro) and not as happy with my last Gigabyte motherboard (790X)

    1. In terms of price/performance i'd give the 720 x3 the edge over the E7400/E7500 ($120-140) in gaming and other apps.

    2. Not something i'd worry about, you have a good cooling case and a solid PSU.
  8. Oh wow, I didn't even see that combo, thanks for the link.

    Alright, I'll keep that in mind. Do you think the SLI/Crossfire will be something I'm going to want to look into in the future? Or is it just icing on the cake to couple with a big monitor?

    And one more thing; Will I need to buy/apply any thermal compound, or will I be okay out of the box?
  9. Wow Nice build! great price too lol
  10. The heatsink that comes supplied with the 720 comes with thermal compound on it already so it's not mandatory. A crossfire capable motherboard just opens up that option if it's ever wanted in the future.
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