First build in need of advice!

Hey Guys I'm new to this site and new to building in general. I've done some research and what not and have found the following for my first build. I'm attempting to build a budget gaming rig. The major component I'm not sure about is the motherboard. I'm just nervous buying one that seems "cheap". Any advice on any component is welcome. I've set my price range at around $600. Also, after the physical installation of the hardware, is it difficult to install the drivers and such and get the system actually running? I'm confident I can hook everything up correctly. Thanks in advance for any help.


COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073


ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176


HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338


WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161279


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754


AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886


hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339025


ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

The CPU and PSU are part of a bundle deal.

Total Cost: $570
After Rebates: $530
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  1. ^ Very good build and that mobo is a good budget option no issues, but not the PSU,... I would spend a bit more and get a better quality PSU,...
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
    $5 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ27, ends 1/17 - $40 after rebates and coupon,...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
  2. Also replace that WD Blue hard drive with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB. Around the same price and much faster and just as reliable.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product
  3. ^ Well its not the same price, also that WD though is slower than the F3, but for $40 is a decent buy,...
    Or for $55, I would rather get the F3 1TB
    $15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
  4. ok awesome thanks for the advice so far guys
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