Can you one-up this build?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next 30 days (July 24 - Aug 24 2010)


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, movies in 1080p

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Operating System, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors, Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (although others can be used if they are better)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of the Galaxy America




MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 - 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't care too much about bling and flash. Just want it to be reliable. Will upgrade down the road.

Here's my current planned build (USD 492 final after discounts and rebates)

Lite-On 24x DVD-Writer -

ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard -

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -

Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case -

ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ... -

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... -

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK -

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX -


1) Are parts compatible?
2) Which part will bottleneck first?
3) Will mobo fit card? I heard small mobos had trouble with big cards
4) PSU = power needs or should I consider changing it?
5) Any special cooling considerations to consider?
6) I'm not 100% on the mobo. Es bien?

Lemme know what you think!
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  1. MicroATX case.

    ATX mobo.

    These are NOT compatible.

    Okay, now that that's out of the way;

    1.) Yes, except for the case, as stated. EDIT: Nope, I lied, PSU is also ATX rather than mATX.
    2.) GPU, although both it and the CPU are middle-of-the-road (so far as gaming is concerned) choices.
    3.) Yes, it has a PCI 2 slot... but remove the "Maybe" from the question about Crossfiring = single PCI means single card.
    4.) The PSU is actually quite a bit over what you need, if you're only going to have a single 5770.
    5.) If you aren't overclocking, no... so long as you get a good case.
    6.) It's respectable, again, if you plan on only ever having one GPU.
  2. Thanks for pointing that out.

    I'm honestly not sure what to look out for in motherboards. Right now I'm looking for:
    Socket AM3
    DDR3 1333
    PCIE x16 slot

    Is there any other important features I should take into consideration? CPU wattage compatibility?
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