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(Hopefully) Finalized Budget Gaming Rig, Last Minute Check

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August 25, 2010 12:32:31 AM

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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a b 4 Gaming
August 25, 2010 12:58:19 AM

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.

August 25, 2010 7:25:11 PM

Mmkay. Thanks! Switching those three, you think I should be good to go?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 25, 2010 7:32:29 PM

Yep good luck :)  See the links in the sticky for build tips and such.
a b 4 Gaming
August 25, 2010 10:36:58 PM

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 :) 
September 5, 2010 6:57:59 PM

Best answer selected by jmccormick.