First time builder - gaming PC - advice sought

Approximate Purchase Date: This week coming (latest week after next)

Budget Range: £850-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, no other advanced uses

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD processor - flexible elsewhere

Overclocking: Maybe - but primarily to extend build life rather than maximum performance

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 or 1920x1080 if I buy a new monitor (depends on PC cost)

Additional Comments: Looking for a compatibility check here please - first time I've build my own PC! The key factors are reliable, fast, good looking games and a lifespan of three years minimum - currently replacing a not-quite four year old machine. Main concerns are my RAM choice and lack of six-core CPU (future proofing?) Is 650W enough power?

Antec 600 Six Hundred Gaming Case

Asus M4A87TD/USB3 870 Socket AM3

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2

Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX

XFX 650W XXX Edition


OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD

Western Digital 640GB Hard Drive SATAIII 7200rpm 64MB Cache

Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Optical Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Licence and media - 64-bit

Any and all comments/advice/improvements welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Negative on that Asus 870
    Expansion Slots
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 slot

    so 16/4 CF - in UK have a look at the Asrock 880GExtreme3 ^^
  2. But if I don't plan to crossfire then its not a problem right?
  3. Yep not an issue
  4. Also, slight build alteration:

    Swapped X4 965 for X4 955

    Swapped ASUS 6870 for Sapphire 6870
  5. Can anyone help me out on the RAM compatibility? Struggling to find something available to buy that is officially supported (according to ASUS).
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