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March 23, 2010 1:38:26 PM

This is my first build attempt. I'm aiming for a relatively inexpensive gaming computer. My initial build is shown below. My main question is "Are these parts compatible?" It's going to be a challenge for me to put this thing together much less deal with compatibility issues.




LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136167
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$23.99




Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

$69.99




Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136283
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$79.99




GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128398
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-128-398



SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102883
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

$429.99




Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$25.00 Instant


$99.99
$74.99



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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231277
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

$106.99



AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103724

$74.99



XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler

XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233014
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$21.99

Subtotal: $997.91

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March 23, 2010 1:45:17 PM

Compatibile, yes or at least almost. The Antec 300 barely fits the 5870. As in you're going to have to modify the case to make it work. However, there are some things I'd change anyway. Here's what I would get:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $195 after rebate. A more future proof board. And a combo to save some money.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115. Faster sticks.
GPU: HD 5870 $420. There are cheaper ones, but they're out of stock right now.
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55. Faster, quiter, and cooler running. Not to mention cheaper/GB.
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $90 after rebate. If you want to Crossfire later. If you don't, there are several changes you can make to get the build for less.
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate. Bigger case. It's also possibly the best case out there.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24. Or whatever's cheaper.
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35. A better CPU cooler.

Total: $1,024. It's a little more expensive, but you're getting a more future proof board, a better case, better RAM, better HSF and the a PSU that will let you Crossfire later. I'd say that's pretty good for $25.
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March 23, 2010 1:50:03 PM

Thanks for the quick response!
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March 25, 2010 6:44:59 PM

Best answer selected by jmray.
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