Rate My First Comp Build under $500

Hey everyone, :hello:
So this is my first time ever trying to build a computer and I wanted to know what some thoughts were about my build. First Its for medium gaming like StarCraft2 and using design programs like Auto Cad and Unigraphics NX. I was on kind of a tight budget ($500 or less) Let me know what you think and any helpful advice would be nice. (all computer parts from newegg.com)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

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

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

VIDEO CARD: HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161315

HARD DRIVE:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

CASE: LOGISYS Computer Area 51 CS51WBK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148030

POWER SUPPLY: APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027

DVD: Insert random dvd Burner (didn't think this was to important)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


As far as the graphics card is concerned i was looking at another one but wasn't sure if i should go with it.
(EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi)1GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130572

Again its kind of a cheap build in comparison to a lot of others, thoughts would be appreciated
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  1. Thats not a bad build , but I think you can do better with AMD's recently released Llano APU
    You get a quad core processor thats faster then the Athlon integrated with a graphics chip.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/page13.html

    Latest 32 nm technology , and you can still add a discrete graphics card later if you wish
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    Thats not a bad build , but I think you can do better with AMD's recently released Llano APU
    You get a quad core processor thats faster then the Athlon integrated with a graphics chip.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/page13.html

    Latest 32 nm technology , and you can still add a discrete graphics card later if you wish



    I looked at it and i think that might be a good idea. Thanks, I left a little room price wise just for something like that.
    Just might have to get put a couple more fans on that case though =)
  3. this would actually work out better:

    phenom 720:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103652

    and a good cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

    adds up to the same $99 as that athlon 640.

    athlon 640 vs a phenom 720:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/83?vs=122

    with that cooler you could also OC it and there is a chance of unlocking it into a fully fledged phenom quad core!

    and i would reccommend looking into this case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

    i would reccommend getting a USB3 and sata6gb/s board (or atleast an AM3+ board):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157243

    and why buy a graphics card thats 2 generations old? this would be a better option:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102930

    and i would reccommend getting atleast this PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    you could save on the ram by going with this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148418
  4. Using the Fusion APU will free up some money , but I wouldnt use it on case fans . Instead use it to get a better quality power supply
    Antec , Corsair , seasonic
  5. Instead of the 770, consider this Gigabyte 760, which is AM3+ ready, so will take bulldozer when it comes out next month:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128504
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