This is what I have so far. I'm using this as a low gaming performance rig for a game that will be coming out soon called Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad (Enhanced Unreal Engine 3 game which I will be running on a Radeon HD 4670). The hard drive is from a Dell Dimension 9100, which has a P5 molex connecter and a SATA connector. It has Windows 7 32 bit installed so I'm wondering if this would be compatible with the rig? Also are all the parts compatible or is there something that needs to be change? Please leave feedback, comments or tips. Thank you.
I would get the Phenom II x2 555 isntead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Your motherboard has the option to unlock cores. It's not a guarantee quad core but if you manage to do it.. you'll pretty much end up with a Phenom II quad core for less than $90. If you failed to do it, then you will end up with a dual edition black edition processor which translate to.. awesome unlocked multiplier for overclocking. Either way you don't really lose. Otherwise your build looks good and I think it will work fine. The 550W is more than enough actually to power your system. I think you only need around 400 but it said it's modular so whatever. You'll be fine with your system
Oh yeah, if it were me, I'd get the 720BE CPU and buy a $30 cooler. This way you'd be guaranteed triple core performance with the option to try and unlock a 4th core. Plus you'd have the unlocked multiplier for overclocking if you wanted to try that. Great CPU for $70!
I have mine overclocked to 3.6 Ghz from 2.8 with a simple BIOS multiplier change to 18X, and a small voltage bump. You could likely hit 3.4-3.5 without any voltage change.
Firstly, if you want adaquate gaming performance and don't multitask much (running 4 or more programs simultaneously), then you should consider the new AMD F1 chips. You can later add a second Graphics card and it basically runs in Crossfire mode.