$600-900 Gaming System, First Time

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: 600-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, watching videos, general entertainment, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not concerned about the HDD and DVD drives, as I plan to upgrade/add on in the near future. This is my first build, I just want to know if everything works out alright, or if it could be improved. I really do not want to spend any more money.

CASE: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156078

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

MOBO: ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131646

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103704

RAM: A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211409

GPU: HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

Monitor: ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ aspect control
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236063

Total: $886.91
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  1. Raidmax makes pretty low end cases that look good. There functionality for cooling is generally quite poor and their cable management is non-existant.

    Usually case is the buyers preference and the Green Smilodon is good looking, but I think you will quickly outgrow it.

    Also, your hard drive isn't all that great, look at getting a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for 55 bucks. Great drive, good reliability and it's faster than the WD Blue

    With the money you save on the hard drive, I'd upgrade your monitor to Acer 21.5" 1920x1080 LCD Monitor
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