Need Compatibility Advice With 1st-Time Build


I'm going to do my own build for the 1st time. I've pretty much settled on the pieces, and I just need to find out if the components I've selected have any compatibilty issues. I do know the RAM I've chosen will work despite not being listed on the MB's QVA.

Approximate Purchase Date: Immediately, as soon as I confirm compatability

Budget Range: No more than $550 U.S. Less, if at all possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home, Medium-Resource Level Gaming (Not 3-D 1st-Person Shooters), Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, CD/DVD Burner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: See list below

Overclocking: Probably No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 800 x 600 (min) 1152 x 864 (max)

Additional Comments: Going for budget items with a shelf life. Replacing PC that's 6 years old.

Here's what I've selected so far:

CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 631 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 $84.99

Motherboard - ASRock A55 PRO3 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $81.97 ($74.99 + $6.98 shipping)

RAM - G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) $34.99

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda ES ST3400620NS 400GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive $69.99

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Case - APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $29.98 ($19.99 + $9.99 shipping)

Case Fan - MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan $4.98 ($2.99 + $1.99 shipping)

PSU - COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 $25.99 ($40.99 - $15 rebate)

Video Card - PNY VCGGT5201XPB GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP $43.98 ($49.99 + $3.99 shipping - $10 rebate)

WiFi Adapter - Rosewill RNX-N150PCe $11.99

Wireless Modem - TP-LINK TL-MR3220 3G/3.75G Wireless Router Compatible with 3G USB Modems IEEE 802.11b/g/n $34.99

Total Cost - $523.84
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  1. Sounds like everything is compatible with each other and should have no problems. The PSU sounds a little on the weak side if you were ever to upgrade video cards or something, but for that current setup it should be fine.
  2. Thanks very much for the reply. :)

    I used the Power Calculator here:

    and it told me I would be drawing in the mid 200 range, so I figured 450w was more than enough. The Card is going to be with me *knock wood* for at least 3 years if it doesn't get too outdated.
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