Critique $700 first time build please

Okay so I am really considering building my first ever PC but before I make any purchases I thought I would would ask If anyone noticed any problems in the choices I have made, such as hardware in-compatibility or bad reviews, etc. So here is the list of the main components:

ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603

AMD Phenom II x2 Castillo 3.1 GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103847

GSkill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

WD Caviar Blue 320 GB HHD (Bare; is this a bad idea for a first timer?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

CORSAIR SMPSU 650TX Watt psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

XFX 9800 GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150323

Cooler Master 690 mid-tower case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 (OEM; once again, is a bare/oem purchase a bad idea for a first timer?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

And of course, Windows 7 Premium 64 bit

Your time, help and comments are all greatly appreciated. I hope there aren't too many problems with this build but if there are I appreciate you all pointing them out now before I make a dumb mistake. Games I play/plan to play are CSS, DOD:S, HL2, Newer COD games and perhaps Battlefield BC 2. The total price, including an extra SATA cable and anti-static wrist strap comes to a little over $700, which is the most I feel like I can spend at the moment, if that.
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  1. If I was you I would simply get the store to build the PC for you as there are plenty of traps for the first time builder. Practice on some old PC's so you know what you are doing before embarking on your first build.
  2. 1) Switch your hard drive to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB. Similar priced and better performance.

    2) Switch you GPU to an ATI 4850, which will provide better performance.

    As for help in the build, read through my step-by-step guide in my signature and read through shortstuff_mt's sticky, which gives you things to watch out for during the build.
  3. Wamphryi said:
    If I was you I would simply get the store to build the PC for you as there are plenty of traps for the first time builder. Practice on some old PC's so you know what you are doing before embarking on your first build.


    I disagree. As long as the OP does a little research and maybe watches a youtube guide or two, he should be fine. I don't know what traps you might be referring to, but if he remembers to be gentle with all the components, reads the motherboard manual as he goes and double-checks all his connections before powering up, he shouldn't have any trouble. When I built my first PC years ago, I had no prior experience but encountered no problems. Building your own PC isn't as hard as some suggest. And even if he does encounter hassles, the satisfaction of going DIY is well worth it!

    Oh, and +1 to tecmo34's HDD and GPU recommendations.
  4. I'm not an expert on pieces yet as I am just building my first, but I would say certainly go for building your own. If you don't do it a first time, you never will! And I'd agree there is quite a bit of satisfaction...
  5. first of all do not buy a antistatic wristband its a waste of money i have built 30 plus computer and have never used one and all of my parts have been good. secondly upgrade the processor to a phenom II x3 its worth the extra money. and always go with ati for graphics nowadays nvidia hasnt come out with anything worth buying in quite a long time get a 4850.
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