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Gaming PC Advice Needed

I'm working on building a gaming PC. So far this is what I have:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $551.91

I have a few questions though. First i just wanted to make sure if all of these parts are compatible with each other. Also, is this the best set up for the money (I can't spend any more) ?
I already have a monitor, keyboard,hard drive and all that other stuff so that's not a problem.
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  1. An FX 4100 will perform better. So will an i3-2120 (recommended).
  2. azeem40 said:
    An FX 4100 will perform better. So will an i3-2120 (recommended).


    Show us something comparing FX 4100 and that Phenom lol
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    CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    About the same performance as the Phenom.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ NCIX US)
    This is one of the better CPU coolers out there.

    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Not a bad board, seems to be one of the best for the money from reviews.

    Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Nothing to say really.

    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Sapphire is like (almost) the EVGA of AMD, and this card comes with BF3, DiRT3 and has dual fans.

    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
    Since the motherboard doesn't have any front USB 3.0 connectors, this case is perfect as the USB 3.0 ports go to the back of the case, into the motherboard.

    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
    PCP&C modular PSU. Pretty good unit.

    Total: $559.91

    Use this build ONLY if you want to risk the MIRs.
  4. Best answer selected by BossHippopotamus.
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