(Hopefully) Finalized Budget Gaming Rig, Last Minute Check

Hi everyone. I posted a thread about a week ago asking about a ~$650 gaming rig advice, and I think I've got everything picked out after a lot more research, but (at least to me) you're the experts, and I'd like to run my finalized list one last time to check for compatability/catch a newb mistake.

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0 GHz AM3

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

HDD: Samsung 7200 RPM 500 GB 16 MB Cache Spinpoint|SAMSUNG%20HD502HJ%20%25

Graphics Card: ATI HD Radeon EAH4870

PC Case: Either


PSU: OCZ 550 W SLI ready Fatal1ty

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

DVD/CD Drive: Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Burner SATA OEM

Monitor: Hanns-G 20" LCD HDMI 5 ms response

If everything checks out, I'd like to order all this ASAP as my funding is secured. My aim is to have a decently budgeted gaming rig (games like Borderlands, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, perhaps play games like Bad Company 2 without maxing out).

Is there any incompatibility here? Which of those cases would you recommend? Will the HDD/DVD Burner fit inside them? Does it matter if the PSU is bottom or top for this setup? Any friendly suggestions/warnings? This system will likely be only modestly overclocked at most.

Thank you very much. I appreciate your guys' insight and time.
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  1. Best answer
    This OCZ PSU is tested and certainly a better buy


    I think you would be better off with a 5770, perhaps

    Faster RAM same price
    Latency is more important than frequency.

    And I think the Rosewill case will be fine.
  2. Mmkay. Thanks! Switching those three, you think I should be good to go?
  3. Yep good luck :) See the links in the sticky for build tips and such.
  4. Good except for the OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY. The unit has never been tested and is from an inconsistent OEM, Sirfa.

    The OCZ600MXSP is reviewed and actually a good price right now, with no rebate hassle.

    ooops I'm repeating myself :)
  5. Best answer selected by jmccormick.
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