First Build, can someone look over it?

This is my first build ever and I just want to have someone look it over.
Feel free to offer suggestions.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226152
(I know 120GB is low, its mostly for startup and games, I have a 2.5TB external already)

This is built on a $650 budget.
Biggest concern is making sure the CPU and MOBO are compatible.
Didn't include OS because I can get one free from school. (Win 7 x64 if it matters)
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  1. Yup they're compatible :)
  2. poisonskittles2 said:
    This is my first build ever and I just want to have someone look it over.
    Feel free to offer suggestions.

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226152
    (I know 120GB is low, its mostly for startup and games, I have a 2.5TB external already)

    This is built on a $650 budget.
    Biggest concern is making sure the CPU and MOBO are compatible.
    Didn't include OS because I can get one free from school. (Win 7 x64 if it matters)


    Here's a slightly changed build that will give much better gaming performance...

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Q9H
  3. the CPU has support for 1066-1333MHz memory.
    So the Ripjaws will clock down to 1333 even if it has 1600MHz
  4. chimera201 said:
    the CPU has support for 1066-1333MHz memory.
    So the Ripjaws will clock down to 1333 even if it has 1600MHz


    Ya i always put 1600 since its kind of the standard..if anything it can be used in the future since the price is almost the same
  5. Are you planning on gaming?? If yes then look for intel based solution. Here's an Intel based suggestion which includes a more powerful GPU. Have a look:

    CPU & Optical Drive: $194- i5-2400 & Samsung

    Motherboard: & RAM: $94- Asrock H61M & Corsair 8GB (has USB 3.0 & SATA
    6Gb/s support)

    PSU & Case: $81- CM GX450 & CM Elite 430

    SSD: $60- Mushkin Enhanced Cllisto 64GB

    GPU: $240- XFX Radeon 7850

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 669 USD

    Rebates: $10

    If this goes overbudget.
    Drop the GPU XFX Radeon 6950 worth $230. Save $10.
    Or Drop even further to 560Ti worth $210 or Radeon 6870 worth $170. That should save money to get a HDD, though you can get an SSD but its not recommended.
  6. Z-4 ^ has given you some good advice.
    For gaming, today, there are no amd cpu chips that beat out intel at any price point.
    Read this article:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

    That said, the real engine of gaming is the graphics card, so spend your funds there.
    Here is the equivalent article for gaming graphics cards. Pick your price point:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
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