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First PC Build: ~$700 Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $700 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Surfing Net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers/Headphones

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: See Below

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080


I have, with the help of this website and a friend, put together a computer setup that comes out to about $700. I would like some more opinions on it as this is my first build and I don't by any means think that I or my friend know everything. If anyone can throw in some opinions that would be greatly appreciated as I would like to have this computer ordered by the end of the day. Thanks in advance for all the input!

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119077

Mobo: ASUS M4A88TD-M AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131649

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Video Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

CD Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Total Before Rebates: $670.81

Edit: Updating parts as important things are mentioned. Out of paranoia, I would appreciate people saying everything is still compatible. Still sorta new to this...
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  1. Looks to be a nice mid range gaming build.
  2. The only concern I have is the mATX motherboard.

    You could get something like this MSI 790XT-G45 for about $20 more. There's also a combo with a 5770 for $10 off...or a different combo for $10 of Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit, if you still need an OS.

    Other options:
    You could save about $2-3 by going with a Lite-on DVD drive for $20.

    The 600W ModXStream Pro is $70, but has free shipping, and is $50 after the MIR.

    Other than the motherboard though, it looks pretty much perfect.
  3. Best answer
    For that budget, just in my opinion, you are spending too much on the case.
    Save $40 with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    Then, use a portion of that money to upgrade your mobo, such as to this Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131649 or this Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128445 both of which have USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/sec.
    Whatever mobo you get will come with SATA cables, so you won't need to get another one with your HDD.
    The X3 440 is actually $1 cheaper than the X3 435; or, spend $9 more and get a X3 445 with a "free" COD MW2 coupon (if that's the kind of game you play).
  4. Bump for being paranoid that the new parts won't be 100% compatible... :??:
  5. AM3 ATX mobo, AM3 CPU, DDR3 ram, PCI express GPU, SATA drives and miditower case. It all checks out.
  6. The parts are compatible. Your edits look good. The denizens of these forums tend to be nigglers, but I don't see anything worthy of further doubt-inducing commentary. I think you'll enjoy it.
    If you're interested in overclocking, you may wish to add an aftermarket cooler.
  7. Appreciate the positive reinforcement, guys! :D Just one more thing before I hit the buy button... Could someone possible recommend a decent aftermarket cooler? Besides overclocking, i've had way too many overheating problems with past computers anyways, so an aftermarket cooler sounds like a great idea. Any suggestions?
  8. For a modest OC, a 92mm cooler should be sufficient. This one works pretty well and isn't too expensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233014 XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler for $22 + $7 shipping. For $35 + $3 shipping, you can get the 120mm version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
  9. Best answer selected by Asphy.
  10. Glad to help. Have fun with your build. And remember, "pictures or it didn't happen."
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