First time build

I have read the build on the threads and I am ready to jump in and try to build my own computer. I tried to match the budget build and made some substitutions. I just wanted to make sure what I picked will work together, and this will be my first build so I am kind of nervous about this. Any advice is welcome. So here is what I have:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Sunbeam PSU-HUSH580-US-BL 580W ATX12V Power Supply - OEM

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

I am not a heavy gamer mostly rpg like wow, ages of empire etc..
Also do I need to buy a network card I was not sure I did see lan on motherboard, but I did not know if still needed card to use it. All together it is less than 600 before taxes and rebates, and I already have a 19 inch.

I thank you for your time and consideration.
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  1. No. I really doubt it. I am nervous enough putting it together.
  2. sonic-boom said:



    Could you also clarify something for me. I thought the cpu/mother would only take ddr2 and not the ddr3 did I confuse something.
  3. AM3 Boards take DDR3 ram.
    Newegg specs:
    Memory
    Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
    Memory Standard DDR3 1666(OC)/1333/1066
    Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
    Channel Supported Dual Channel
  4. If you are not overclocking then no need for an aftermarket cooler. Drop the core contact and save some money.
  5. sonic-boom said:
    If you are not overclocking then no need for an aftermarket cooler. Drop the core contact and save some money.


    What would you recommend the one selected was part of the budget build.
  6. The processor comes with a stock heatsink, which is sufficent for non overclocked cooling.
  7. Thank you I made the changes you recommended and I may splurge for a 20 inch. I really appreciate your help.
  8. Well this may be irrelevant if you already bought your parts but for a discrete i would hit a HD 4670 minimum as it's still fine for say 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 while you may have to tone down slightly when on a HD 4650
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