AMD system build check for first time build

This would be the first time I've actually built a PC and I don't know much about AMD systems, but I would like to use AMD for the price point. Can you guys look over my build below and see if i have made any glaring errors or give suggestions?


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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD athlon, I would like to stick to the athlon II, and maybe upgrade to the phenom II later



Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

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

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

I really would appreciate any advice or suggestions you have. Thanks!
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  1. It looks pretty good. I would either get X4 635 (combo with the board) for $10 less or drop to a X3 440 (combo with same board) for $33 less, especially when paired with a great HSF (like Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus for $30. I'd also pick up some faster sticks of RAM (like these G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7) which will be a lot better if you're going to overclock.

    Also, you do realize that case and PSU are in a combo right?
  2. I'll definately have to go with the ram you suggested. And thanks for the tip on the Case and PSU combo. I copied all of this from a wishlist that i set up @ newegg and i added all of the parts serperately due to not being able to save combo deals to a wish list.
  3. I just felt the need to say that especially with those tweaks, everything here looks pretty spot-on. I wouldnt want to downgrade to a triple-core if it was my machine, but that's really up to you.
  4. While the Gigabyte 770TA was a awesome features/$$ AM3 mobo now that the native supporting SATA 6GB/s mobos are out check out the goodies of this mobo at a preety nice price :P
  5. I like the mobo batuchka linked, especially considering the OP's stated intention to upgrade his CPU later. This suggests a desire for as much future-resistance as possible, which this board seems to offer.
  6. I really don't see the point in getting a 8xx chipset. All AM3 boards are just as future proof, they just might need a BIOS update for the newer CPUs. Frankly, I think it's less future proof mainly because it's a lower quality ASRock board...
  7. Onus said:
    I like the mobo batuchka linked, especially considering the OP's stated intention to upgrade his CPU later. This suggests a desire for as much future-resistance as possible, which this board seems to offer.

    Yep and the peeps at Xtremesystem forums have been going at it with the 890GX version ^^ Review
    In Conclusion, I feel that the ASRock 880G Extreme3 is a board that you should watch out for in your next upgrade purchase. It is one of the best price/performance board available in the year 2010. We give it our Editor’s Choice award.
    USB 3 support
    Power switches, Clear CMOS switch at the back

    No DisplayPort

    Category Score
    Performance 10 / 10
    Features 10 / 10
    Ease Of Installation 9 / 10
    Overclocking Features 9 / 10
    Documentation 7 / 10
    Packaging 8 / 10
    Cost / Performance 10 / 10
    Overall Rating : 9 / 10
  8. Thanks for all the info and advice everyone!
  9. You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
  10. Heck it looks like they'll even keep supporting some AM2+ boards.
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