[NEW BUILD]X3 Core, 8GB 1333 RAM, etc - Compatible? Missing anything?

Hey guys. I'm looking for my first build. I've done a lot of research, compiled a lot of info and I'm ready to take the plundge, but first I'm just looking for compatibility reassurance and to see if I am missing anything.

By the End of 1/17 (aka tomorrow in 25 minutes), I need to have atleast the motherboard/hard drive confirmed because there is a nice rebate the accompanies both that ends tomorrow. So here's what I've got so far:

Motherboard BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $44.99

CPU AMD Athlon II X3 445 $77.00

Case Sentey Slim Series SS1-2422 Flex Slim Case 450w 2x Fan/ 2 x USB / Piano Black Paint / Micro ATX $51.99

HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $49.99

Memory PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333 $64.99

CD/DVD LITE-ON SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $20.98

OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

Over all comes out to $409.94 (plus some shipping costs), which is pretty good for this med-high performance build, in my opinion.

Anyway, I need it for some custom built software that eats up CPU as much as running 2 - 3 Adobe CS4 Applications at the same time (give or take), and it eats memory like candy! But the processing power and ram (and its speed) are perfect for my needs, I'm just making sure that everything is compatible and that I'm not missing anything vital.

Is there anything that you guys find "disagreeable" such as a bad review you've read of the case/power supply/HDD/CPU/Mobo,etc?

Do all of the power pinns, ATX/microATX, SATA, SCIS, etc match up correctly (I don't know what all of those mean)? - Basically, will everything connect as it should?

Also, I do not plan to Overclock what so ever - I'm not gaming so I don't need it. That being said, with my case being Slim Micro-ATX and only have 1 (maybe 2, idk the newegg page is kinda cryptic, maybe you can see it??) 80mm fan and a built in PSU, do I need a CPU heatsink or thermal compound, other than what already comes with the CPU?

I have monitors, keywords, mice, ethernet cables (Mobo comes with built in 10/100/1000 port), and stuff not VITAL to the box of the computer.

I know my RAM is outofstock, but its so cheap w/ the rebate and is such a sick setup (IMO) that I'm willing to wait to buy it.

Pretty much the over/underlying question is, I want to be all purchased tomorrow, am I 110% ready with my current setup in parts?

THanks guys!

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  1. ^ CPU + Mobo - Go with the X3 if you feel it would suffice for your needs, else X4 would be nice, if the s/w that you use is CPU intensive...

    HDD - I would get this HDD
    Samsung F3 1TB for $55 - This is newer, much faster and a lot bigger
    $15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19

    RAM - Actually for $10 more, you get GSKillz 8GB - $80
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ84, ends 1/17

    DVD - Cheaper, free Ship and better ratings

    And am a bit skeptical about the PSU in that case,... would spend a bit more and get a more efficient PSU,...

    I took up the bundle - same (actually .1Ghz better cpu - 450vs445) cpu&mobo but for $11 cheaper haha THANKS!

    Took the HDD suggestion - for an extra 5 bucks I get double the space :)

    I didn't take your RAM suggestions only because I've been hearing a LOT of bad things with GSkillz (specifically at PCMech forums - sorry mods is mentioning other forums is a no-no)

    I took the DVD one obviously :)

    and now I have wiggle room for the CASE and PSU? Any suggestions? From my excel spreadsheet it looks like I got about $75 worth of wiggle room for a case and CPU...

    Also, do I need any fans or cooling stuff??


    EDIT: How's this for a Case/PSU Combo --- does it have enough wattage to safely run my stuff?
  3. ^ Frankly IMO GSKillz is a better option that PNY, and am sure many would agree on that... It would be better to read more about it from other places as well and then decide,...

    CASE -
    $5 off w/ promo code EMCKJJJ24, ends 1/17

    PSU -
    Antec ECO 400W
  4. Even though that PSU is 80%+, will 400W sustain everything?

    How about for 5 bucks more:
    Rosewill RV2-500 500 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply - 72%+

    If 400 @ 80%+ will sustain everything under my hood, I'd rather save the $5 bucks bucks just you tell me?

    Also, what about this case/cpu combo:

    EDIT: Hows this for RAM:
    OCZ Gold 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV8GK - $74.99
    I hear OCZ makes good ram + its cheaper.
  5. ^ With that Antec ECO 400, you can also run a discrete graphic card like GTS 450/ HD 5750, so for your setup it would easily handle and 80+ is a plus,...

    The PSU in that combo is again not so good,...
  6. Hows this for RAM:
    OCZ Gold 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV8GK - $74.99
    I hear OCZ makes good ram + its cheaper. [...] 6820227539

    Also, I'm just going to be using the onboard graphics that come with the Mobo - I won't be doing much gaming except maybe WOW and even then it'll be casual, not hardcore.

    Also, hows the Rosewell 500W PSU - offers room for improvement should I... idk maybe upgrade/put in GPU? Or will the Antec ECO 400 do all of this fine, with no problems? If the Anetec ECO 400 will handle my current config and if I put in a GPU (like on of the ones who mentioned last post), then I'm going with the ECO 400.

  7. Better to stay away from OCZ RAMs,...,11978.html

    PSU - Antec vs Rosewill
    - 3 years compared to 1 year
    - 80+ compared to 72+(though not sure if its true)
    - Tier 1 PSU manufacturer vs Tier 3 or 4

    I would certainly go with Antec, and like I said it can handle cards like HD 5750/ GTS 450 and such, but anything above then a little more powerful PSU,...
  8. Well then Antec it is because I doubt I'm going to spend much for GPU if I ever do invest in one HD5750 is like more than enough more me- if I choose to get it down the line.

    Now whats the difference between
    G.SKill Value Series: 76.99
    Ripsaws Series $80 w/ promo

    And are you sure its not worth just waiting for the PNY - its an extra $10 savings and I just have to wait till 1/24 (well new egg has: ETA: 01/24/2011. on its website so i'm guessing its back on sale 1/24).

    Also, I've notice on 1333Mhz ram that there is a distiction between PC3-10600,10660, and 10666 - is this something to worry about with my Mobo (

    And I just wanted to say THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP :)

  9. Best answer
    ^ That is a good RAM, the value series, has Micron chips(One of the best DRAM chip manufacturers) in them,...
    Well its your call on the RAM, if you are willing to wait then wait, anyways you might get other good offers too,...
    Also you dont have to worry much about those speed differences,...

    Glad I could help :)
  10. Best answer selected by rnc505.
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