New System build - ~650 budget

Hi All,

Trying to build a decent gaming / general rig for as little as possible due to my now being old with kids. The build im posting below is a take off on the last system builder marathon that Tom's hardware did. You will see 3 motherboards posted below, if someone could hit me with the highlights of each or which one fits my stuff the best, thanks.

Im trying to leave myself some growth room / overclocking space to boost up my limited parts.

Wester Digital Caviar Black 500gb - 69.99
XFX HD 5750 1 GB XFire Ready - 129.99
GSKILL 4GB 240 pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 - 109.99
AMD Athlon II X3 Rana 2.9 GHz - 70.99
Artic Cooling Freezer 64 pro - 27.99
Combo
Antec 300 Illusion and Antec EQ 650w PSU - 119.98

Motherboards all Gigabyte

GA-MA790GPT-UD3h AM3 - 119.99 15 MIR avail
GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 SATA 6 USB 3
GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 SATA 6 USB 3

Thanks alot in advance
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  1. Switch that HDD to a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB. Its faster, quieter, and only $54.99

    I would at the very least upgrade to the HD5770. Its a little more, but HD5750 is not worth the money. The powercolor HD5770 on newegg is $149.99.

    The motherboards are pretty similar, the 880 uses the new northbridge, but thats not as necessary with a discrete GPU. I would say either the 790XTA or 880GA, maybe wichever one is cheaper.

    Check out frostytech.com for the top rated HSF. That freezer pro is decent, but old, there are a lot better options these days.
  2. $615AR
  3. Thanks for the suggestions, how abouth this heatsink?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185096

    Scythe Katana3

    Nice find on the HIS combo thank you
  4. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2126

    The Katana II was reviewed at frostytech and is still ranked at one of the top 10 quietest. I would imagine the Katana III is a solid heatsink, and likely pretty quiet. If you want better cooling power though, the CM Hyper 212+ is the one to get.
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    Nice find on the HIS combo thank you


    You are welcomed ^^
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