Sub-700 gaming build, first time build, looking for opinions.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month. BUDGET RANGE: 600-700, After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(not hardcore, but I'd like to keep up with new titles), possibly some CAD work in the future.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (current monitor is an Acer X223W, resolution is 1680 x 1050), speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none, if it's cheaper and reliable, sweet. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Right now I'm looking at AMD CPU and ATI video card, but I'm easily persuaded.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not in the near future.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Below is what I've got right now, I'm kind of torn between quality and cost. It's my first time building, so I tried to look for products with few issues. Mostly just looking for confirmation that I didn't make a mistake. But if anyone has any recommendations on cutting costs, or a new build altogether, I'm willing to look.

Antec 300 Case/SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM Combo:

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W/OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 Combo:

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770(in a combo deal with Windows 7 64-bit OEM, but I doubt you guys need to see that ;):

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Currently that's about 695 dollars before rebates, about 655 after. Thanks for taking the time to look and read!
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  1. Looks good if you are not planning on crossfire at all since the board has only one PCIe slot.
  2. Yep, looks good.

    Note again that there'll be no crossfiring on this board.

    I'd switch your RAM to this for the tighter timings though:
  3. Sweet, thanks for your input,guys. I went looking a little more and found this board:

    I'll probably go with it instead, so I have more options in the future.
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