Gaming PC - need advice/mobo

Approximate Purchase Date: This month


Budget Range: $700-$800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, newegg.ca


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: No


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I'm done selecting all my parts, all I need is a motherboard. The price of everything (except mobo) right now is $604.93 after price matching and before rebates. Wondering if this is a good build, if the parts are compatible, if I should replace anything, etc.

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Case:
Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

Memory:
Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i5 Dual Channel Memory Kit


CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box


Power Supply:
Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan


Optical Drive:
Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM


Video Card:
MSI GeForce GTX 460 Fermi Cyclone OC 725MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card


Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
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  1. I would consider switching to a 7200 rpm drive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 should be at a reasonable price, but it won't compete with that $40 for the 5400 rpm WD drive. It's not the end of the world if you get the 5400 rpm drive, but it is likely to be somewhat slower than the other drives mentioned.

    If this ASRock Extreme3 870 mobo is available at ncix, it would be a good choice. USB 3 & SATA 6.0 Gb/s.

    The GTX 460 is a good card, though if you want to upgrade, you'll need to put in a bigger/newer card, rather than going CrossFire/SLI. Assuming you're fine with that (and really, there's no reason not to be ok with that), then it's a fine card. If you want to CrossFire, I'd recommend a different mobo and going with a 5850 instead of the 460. But that might break your budget, so it's probably not the way to go.
  2. Alright, I chose Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive instead.

    That mobo wasn't available, but I did find this one, is it any good?
    ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo 785G Socket AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
  3. barenoize said:
    Alright, I chose Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive instead.

    That mobo wasn't available, but I did find this one, is it any good?
    ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo 785G Socket AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard


    That one won't allow you to CF (the second PCI-E is x4), so you might as well spend an extra $2 and get SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=53570&vpn=M4A88TD-M/USB3&manufacture=ASUS
  4. CASE-Lancool PC-K58B ATX Advanced-$49.99 CAD
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47120&vpn=PC%2DK58B&manufacture=LIAN%2DLI&promoid=1033
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112237

    RAM-G.SKILL F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24-$89.99
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42746&vpn=F3%2D12800CL8D%2D4GBRM&manufacture=G%2ESkill&promoid=1033

    same kit as you picked but cheaper
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB CMX4GX3M2A1600C9-$87.99/$72.99 after mir
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    Fast ram-Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB 7-9-7-24-$91.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103

    CPU-AMD Phenom II X4 955 -$147.92
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223993/AMD/HDZ955FBGMBOX/

    MOBO-Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H - $99.50
    http://www.swiftgamers.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=GA%2D880GMA%2DUD2H
    GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H -$111.91
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/228695/Gigabyte/GA_880GA_UD3H/

    HDD-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 -$59.99
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37232&promoid=1033
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB-$39.79
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/208574/Seagate/ST3500418AS/

    OD-Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM -$16.99
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46792&vpn=SH%2DS223C%2FBEBE%2DOEM&manufacture=Samsung&promoid=1033

    Just some suggestions and as you already know pricematch.
    Good deal till the 13th $5.99 shipping for whole order.
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