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$720 gaming build. Compatibility Advice.

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February 14, 2010 7:05:58 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 02/19/2010-02/26/2010.
BUDGET RANGE: $720 Before rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily gaming, but nothing too strenuous. I'm looking towards being able to throw anything (Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Bioshock 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2 etc) at it with a constant fps.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'll be listing the parts, I just need advice on whether I'm getting the most out of the money per performance.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ASUS mobo, ATX Mid Tower Case

OVERCLOCKING: Yes.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Now this is my first build ever so I am somewhat confused, so I figured this would be a pretty nice place to ask if all these parts that I have semi-researched on would be compatible. But also using it's (the parts) potential to the max. Concerns that come into mind being hyper transport speeds for the mobo and cpu, how the RAM will follow the cpu in overclocking, if the graphics card is a good deal as well as if it's compatible with the mobo, the power supply being sufficient to keep up with the parts, and if the heatsink/fan is compatible with my cpu. I added the other non essential internal/external hdd/burner as well as the input device combo to demysify the impending count on SATA cables; as well as pricing.

Case
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Motherboard
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard


Processor
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor


RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL -


Graphics Card
MSI R4770 CYCLONE Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


Power Supply
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7


Heatsink/Fan
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler


Internal HDD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


External DVD Burner
ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


Input Device Combo
Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack - OEM


By the way this site is amazing, I've been looking at the site for the past two weeks reading up on computer lingo and it's helped alot. Thanks for all the information! :wahoo: 

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February 14, 2010 9:08:54 PM

As long as that cooler fits the AM3 socket, you will be fine.

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February 14, 2010 9:16:17 PM

but meaning "as long as that cooler fits the AM3 socket".... does that mean it doesnt? =[. It says on the cooler's cpu compatibility sockets "AM3". That means it'll fit right? Btw huge win for big lebowski, I read your post in his voice lol. With man at the end.
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February 14, 2010 9:18:30 PM

Then you are ok. I just saw the text in the link which only mentioned core i5 and i7. I believe it fits socket AM3.
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February 14, 2010 9:21:21 PM

I feel like all of my questions are answered, I feel like a huge weight was just taken off of my shoulders lol. Thanks guys!
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February 14, 2010 9:21:46 PM

Best answer selected by thegearsofwar.
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