I changed the Videocard because the one I had posted previously had lower ratings compared to the one in this build. I also am under the impression that the videocard and processor are the two areas where I want to spend most of my cash. I also like the memory/psu combo better than the one you posted TomMario.
Would you, or anyone else looking at this thread be able to explain why you chose the parts you did and why (if at all) your set up better then mine.
bro, dont use a Athlon II X4, its not as good as a Phenom look at batuchka recommendations
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The GTX 460 is a very powerful graphic card that has the best bang for the buck. It is conveniently price at 200-230 dollars and out performs its ATI rival - the 5830. It is about 20 dollars cheaper than it. You cannot go wrong with it. (If you don't believe me, look at the reviews for the card - GTX 460)
The Phenom II X4 955 is a much more powerful cpu than The Athlon II X4. The Phenom II has L3 cache whereas the Athlon does not. This give an overall better performance in games and so forth. Keep in mind that the Athlon II X4 is for budget gamers, and since you have the money, buy the Phenom II X4 - its worth it.
All that and a better PSU, a more storage (1 tb vs 500gb) and the same price as yours ($677 without rebates), (no offense but....) you should take the parts me or Batuchka recommends, it better that your parts.
1st you would want the fastest HDD you can get in your budget and that's the Spinpoint F3 1TB since it's only 20$ more then the Caviar Blue and way faster, if you are not convinced yet here are some reviews for the 1TB one here and if you really want a 500GB one here are some reviews for them here( The better one here is the 500GB WD Caviar Black)
2nd the GPU you can get a DX11 GPU in the budget so you wan't to chose from the HD 5770 and the better GTX 460 which is 30-40$ more but also eats more power then the HD 5770.If you want the HD 5770 i would recommend MSI, XFX or SAPPHIRE Vapor-X if not you can go for the GTX 460 but you wouldn't be a ble to SLI it in the future as you use a AMD 800 chipset.
3rd the PSU i chosed is to assure you a safe Xfire in the future with the HD 5770(you only need a good 500W for 1 card only) but if you decide you like the GTX 460 more i recommend a good quality 550W PSU for only 1 card.( CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ).
4th the mobo is chosed is the AsRock 870 Extreme 3 for the great features, price and the CrossFire-friendly slot layout(x8/x8).I think but not sure that this is the only 870 with that Xfire layout.If you by chance go with the GTX 460 then you can change the mobo to your MSI 870A-G54 AM3
5th the memory i chosed are DDR3 1333MHz because( i can't second this statement) the Mobo will downclock the 1600MHz one to 1333MHz and you will need to Overclock it back to 1600MHz the same thing you can do with the memory i chosed for a few $ less.