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July 18, 2011 2:11:57 AM

Hi everyone,

So I am trying to build a new desktop computer for myself (preferably for gaming). I researched and have found a Case, Motherboard, Video Card, Memory, Hard drive and CPU that seem to fit together. I just don't want to go ahead and just buy the parts (over $400) before knowing if they fit.

I have posted the links here ( and I want to know if these parts actually fit each other before I buy them.

Video Card:
Hard drive:

In addition, I would like to know if there are any other parts necessary to be able to AT LEAST get this thing up and running.

And one last thing, if you guys have any suggestions/changes to the components I listed, please let me know. I want this to be as good as possible but not too expensive.


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a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2011 3:21:56 AM

1st: list the link AND the product...such as:
AMD Phenom II x4

2nd: Unless you don't plan on upgrading...I wouldn't suggest the case w/ the PSU...if u want a gaming machine, that means you want a good graphics card, which means higher PSU wattage...
oh...btw: I don't know if the PSU can support that graphics card

3rd: Add $20 to get the AMD Phenom II x4 955BE...It allows for overclocking (It's $110 w/ promo code)

4th: If you go with your case, the MoBo WILL NOT fit...Case is an ATX form factor...MoBo is Micro-ATX

5th: You don't have to get the graphics card to run the machine...the card will DRASTICALLY improve your gaming performance, but it's not needed due to the on-board video card on the MoBo you chose.

6th: RAM don't need 8GB...4 is more than enough

Here would be my choice of components:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 $120 ($110 w/ promo)
Graphics: Radeon HD 5830 $130
MoBo: ASRock M3A770DE $60
PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO550W $70
Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU $40
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ $65
Heatsink+Fan: Stock $0
DVD-ROM: LITE-ON DVD Burner Model iHAS124-04 $19
July 18, 2011 1:37:42 PM

I see. Thank you sooooo much. :wahoo: 

One question, when you listed the Heatsink+Fan for $0, does that mean it comes with the MoBo or something?
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July 18, 2011 1:49:31 PM

Also, when you suggested "DVD-ROM: LITE-ON DVD Burner Model iHAS124-04 $19 ", the details says that it only supports Windows 200/XP/Vista.

I plan to use windows 7. Will this really matter? or is it just old?

a b B Homebuilt system
July 18, 2011 4:33:11 PM

The Stock Heatsink and fan is included in retail boxes of the CPU, Unless you buy the OEM version of the CPU, there will be a heatsink and fan included (not as good as aftermarket ones, but it's enough until more money can get acquired to get a better one)

Since you are worried about the DVD drive, use this one, same price and free shipping: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Model AD-7260S-0B