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September 9, 2011 11:55:00 AM

I haven't built a PC in about 6 or 7 years. Anyone mind looking over my build before I buy it to see that everything's compatible and I didn't screw anything up? It's mainly a system to play simple games like the Lego series (Pirates, Star Wars III, etc) and do some light audio editing.

PS: RAIDMAX RX-500AF 500W ATX12V (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152040)

Mobo: BIOSTAR A870 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138324)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102874)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871)

Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231421)

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770)

One more thing, do I need to upgrade my case as well or has standards and plugs for that stayed mainly the same (i.e. the connectors for the power button in the front)

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September 9, 2011 12:27:49 PM

That video card you selected is decidedly low end. I would recommend that you get more of a mid-range card like the 6850. Just my opinion, but it'll balance your system better.
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September 9, 2011 2:53:09 PM

Be aware that if you do shoot for a 6850 GPU, 450w PSU is recommended.
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September 9, 2011 3:16:25 PM

Switch out your ram for a dual channel kit like this one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - not only is it cheaper with a rebate, it is dual channel. If you don't like rebates, there are others to choose from at the same price as the one you linked.

I also agree that you might want a 6670 and one of the PSU's that zooted suggested.

You don't need to upgrade your case unless you need special features on the front of it (like USB 3.0, eSata, and so on) or you are buying an odd sized mobo (which you aren't). I'm using a ~20 year old case for an Intel Atom server I built a few months ago.
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September 9, 2011 8:00:52 PM

Hey thanks a lot, I'll take those ideas into consideration.
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September 19, 2011 6:35:22 AM

Best answer selected by divine10.
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