First Time Build $800-900. Compatibility, suggestions?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 30 days

BUDGET RANGE: $800 - 900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the net, mild gaming, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, open to suggestions




SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe sometime in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 (will be upgrading as soon as humanly possible)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am completely new at this and to be honest I am not very knowledgable when it comes to computer hardware. Luckily I have a friend that builds his own computers who is willing to help me put it together and teach me a few things. I am into gaming but don't have a lot of time for it right now. I was hoping to put something together that can be upgraded for more serious gaming once my children are a little older. Right now I just need something that will play things like Morrowind and Oblivion.

Here's what I have selected so far:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $175

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM $26

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $75

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail $94

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 AMD 785G Chipset + ATI SB710 ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics (HDMI/DVI) Dual Channel DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066Mhz 1x PCI-Express x16 2.0 5x SATA 1X eSATA 3Gb/s 8-Ch HD Audio GigaLAN IEEE1394 12x USB2.0 Support (140W CPU) ATX $108

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $55

BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail $60

Not sure about graphics card. I can't really afford nor do I need an amazing graphics card right now. Any suggestions would be appeciated

Total so far: $593 + $217 OS = $810

Any compatibility issues here, or suggestions? If I did a really bad job you can even suggest I give it up and just go buy a pc. Thanks.
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    get a Athlon II X4 620 which is $75 cheaper, and get a better video card,xD

    For the video card at this price I would suggest a 5770( if you want directx 11) otherwise the 4890 which the performance is a lot better but it is directx 10, the 4890 would be $45 over your budget and the 5770 $15, but really it's worth it, if you get a 4890 or a 5770 with a Athlon II X4 620 you will have a great gaming system, which off course will be be able to surf the internet and watch movies.
  2. If you don't plan on do a lot of gaming you can get a cheaper video card like a 4850, or a 5750
    but still get the Athlon II x4 620 and save some money.

    I would really recommend if you're planning on doing a lot of gaming the 4890, but if want to stay on your budget the 5770

    If you won't play a lot of games on very high settings, with AA X8 the 4850, or if you really want to have directx 11 the 5750
  3. And here the CPU was the one thing I thought I was sure of.

    Okay I will go with the Athlon II x4 620 and the 5770. I'm sure that $15 over budget won't kill me.

    Thanks so much for your help. So other than that everything looks good and compatible?
  4. I would change more two things, the ram, just because I don't really know if A-DATA make quality stuff, and because there not many reviews, this is basically the same price, but I'm sure g.skill make quality memory. The other thing I would change is the PSU, for one more powerful, modular, and just 3 more bucks, (after rebates)OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W

    Oh almost forgot and if you want to lower the price of the HD there is a "shell shocker" deal on today until 1pm!!750gb for $59 it's not faster than the WD caviar black 640gb but it's cheaper(just helping you stay on your budget, but if there is no problem the $21 over the budget don't change the HD, WD caviar black is better)

    Now you're ready to go:) have fun!
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