My First PC Build- Critique Appreciated

I just wanted to post this and see if everything is compatible and worth the buck thanks :D...Also if any of you have had any trouble getting rebates through any of these manufacturers would be helpful too.
* I have read the reviews on newegg*


LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
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$17.99
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RAIDMAX Blackstorm ATX-615WW White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811156250
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-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate


$69.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148701
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$94.99
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Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824009317
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-$50.00 Instant


$89.99
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ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131657
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$79.99
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GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125410
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


$119.99
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OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341048
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$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$89.99
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $20.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.
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AMD Athlon II X4 631 Propus 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor AD631XWNGXBOX
Item #: N82E16819103945
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$84.99
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
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$99.99
Subtotal: $747.91
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More about build critique appreciated
  1. Hi there! Welcome to the forums.
    -First things first, your CPU is FM1 and your mobo is AM3. Those will not work together.
    Second, I would check out an Intel G860 as opposed to an AMD build. According to tom's* the Pentium G860 performs a fair bit better than any of the athlon's for less money. I've made a build with this in mind below.

    CPU: Intel G860 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116405&Tpk=pentium%20g860
    Mobo: Asrock H67 $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157233
    RAM: Patriot 2x4GB 1600MHz $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
    GPU: AMD 6870 1GB $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378
    PSU: Corsair CX 430 V2 $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Toss in your selected case, you're good to go!

    * Tom's Hardware: Picking A Sub-$200 Gaming CPU: FX, An APU, Or A Pentium?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html
  2. You are missing RAM , and there are a couple of odd selections IMO.

    The case is white , but the dvd drive is black . There should be beige or silver dvd drives available that would look better .

    The power supply is expensive and more powerful than you need too

    And the motherboard cant run future processors from AMD so it may be worth spending a little more on an AM3+ motherboard

    Consider this case + PSU combo for $70 . Its discounted because they have just updated the case , but this is an excellent deal and the case cools really well
    Antec Three Hundred + BP430
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065
    And the color would match your monitor

    CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233195

    This mb is fully AM3+
    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    The savings on the case/psu should let you get either a Phenom 960t or FX 4100 processor
    [ well spotted that it was fm1 Striker]
  3. Thanks for the replies definitely helps I will post my new build just to get a heads up that its compatible because for some reason I always miss something. Thanks again
  4. Also on the power supply being 650w I dont want to have to upgrade to a bigger psu later on
  5. chosen12k6 said:
    Also on the power supply being 650w I dont want to have to upgrade to a bigger psu later on

    Why would you need to upgrade?
  6. adding surrond sound possibly, additional monitor, sound card etc possiblities
  7. also for $100 for the intel g860 should i just spend a little more and get the i3
  8. None of those things draw on the PSU. The sound card might pull a watt or two, not enough to matter.

    If you'd like. It's $25 more but you get a decent amount more performance.
  9. The thing about the i3 is that the phenom 955 spanked it in last years $500 system builder marathons everywhere but gaming . In games it needed a bit of OCing on the stock cooler and then the phenom was a stronger cpu there as well .

    The 960T I mentioned in my first post is the same architecture as the phenom and should OC to a higher level than a phenom X4 meaning it to will spank the i3 too.
    It might even unlock to be a 6 core processor

    And you'd have a system you could upgrade
  10. ^Very true. All depends on what the OP plans to do with the system.
  11. changed my build completely tell me what you think and im not familiar at the moment with OCing better yet all i know is to go into the bios head to the correct option and change the numerical variables other than that i dont know anything else... for now i will probly update to the i5 2400 since it is only 20 bucks more than the i3 will post my new build in a moment
  12. Here is my new build little bit cheaper price wise but gets the job done

    Kingston HyperX 4 GB Kit (2x2 GB Modules) 1333 MHz DDR3 Desktop Memory KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX - Kingston H. Corporation
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  13. I wouldn't suggest going that route. The 6870 is Substantially better than the 6770. I would'nt recommend going with that.
  14. ok hopefully its in my price range thanks again man for the help
  15. Striker is the grouping not good or just the graph card also im trying to stay within a certain budget thanks again
  16. I would not go with the fx-4100 >_< The fx chips really are not performing up to what they should have. I'd listen to Outlander_04 and get the 960T over that one you'd have a much better build that way.
  17. ^second, the 960t would be much better for you than a 4100
  18. Hopefully this one gets the approval so that i can buy, checking for compatiblity and best bang for my dollar, gpu i cannot change because its and extra 10 bucks and my wife wont allow it :D Thanks again
    Kingston HyperX 4 GB Kit (2x2 GB Modules) 1333 MHz DDR3 Desktop Memory KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX - Kingston H. Corporation
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    Raidmax Altas ATX Mid Tower Case ATX-295WB - Raidmax
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    AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX
    114.99

    XFX ATI Radeon HD6770 1 GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card HD677XZNLC - XFX
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    Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-430CXV2 -
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    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX -
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  19. It'll do. I would really, really advise trying to get at least the 6850. If you can't, maybe drop to a tri-core. I really would suggest getting at least a 6850.
  20. hey striker last night i switched it to a 550ti that better than the 6770
  21. better than the 6770, but still not as good as the 6850
  22. will the upgrade in gpu card run on a 430w psu about to buy quick answer will be apprecitated :D
  23. also i just need to card to run ToR and skyrim on medium to high settings with no lag
  24. If you want medium-high, spend the extra 10 bucks and get the 6850
  25. well i went with the 550ti found out it can run tor on ultra i happy thanks tho
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