Hello i got some help getting this setup from another forum and was wanting more input on it. It sounds awesome for my budget (approx 600). So anyways what do you think? How powerful should it be. Will i be able to play stuff like skyrim and GW2 with ease etc etc. I'm new at this and just wanting to be 100% sure before i commit to buying this
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 4GB)
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
NZXT GAMMA Classic Case
Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200RPM
XFX Pro Series 450W PSU
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Approximate Purchase Date: Approx 1-3 months from now
Budget Range: (e.g.: 550-650) After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
For a budget build that is pretty good actually, and you are very wise for choosing the X4 over the FX-4100 due to all the problems it's been having. But the PSU is a bit underpowered for the 6870, you need minimum a 550W.
NZXT cases are really good but more of the higher end models are. You might want to take a look at something like the Cooler Master HAF 912.