Are my current selected PC parts compatible?

I have never built a computer so this is my first time. I enlisted the help of a friend who helped all his friends build a PC but he was sort of just telling me what to get and i just want to make sure everything is compatible.

Approximate Purchase Date: June 1st, 2013 (Deadline) BUT, I might start buying everything piece by piece within 2 weeks.
Budget Range: 420 and below with shipping.
System usage from most to least important: Gaming, Surfing the web, video editing.

I have the monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers and OS.

My location is, Sacramento California.

No overclocking
Sli or Crossfire: Don't care.

My monitor resolution is: 1440 x 900

I hope this computer build can handle some gaming, I don't wish to play anything on Ultra or High settings but i do plan on playing: Guild Wars 2. World of tanks. Total War Games (Shogun 2, Empire) and maybe BF3

Graphics Card. Galaxy Geforce GTX 550 TI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1858600&sku=G458-0554

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AMD 760G I think its Socket Am3+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1418809&sku=A455-3146

Hard drive: Toshiba 500 GB 7200 RPM 3.5" Sata
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3303659&sku=T24-9900

Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 RC-371-KKn1 ATX Mid Tower Case.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7239504&sku=C283-2063

DVD/CD Burner/reader: LG GH24NS90B Internal 24X DVD Write
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2060900&sku=L49-8006%20OEM

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 Quad Core 3.00 GHZ SOCKET am3 with fan
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6394302&sku=A79-0640

RAM: 2 Crucial Ballistix BLE4G3D1608DE1TX0 4GB Memory Module DDR3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2932785&sku=C19-8809

My friend will ship me a power supply and he says its either 600 or 650 he doesn't quite remember.

Thank you for your time and i know this is a long post and i'm not quite sure if i posted it in the right category
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  1. Yes everything is compatible. The prices will change by june so you should post closer to when you plan on buying. I wouldn't recommend getting a gtx 550 ti at least get a hd 7770 but there might be a better option by june. Just post this question in late may.
  2. strife_ff7 said:
    Yes everything is compatible. The prices will change by june so you should post closer to when you plan on buying. I wouldn't recommend getting a gtx 550 ti at least get a hd 7770 but there might be a better option by june. Just post this question in late may.


    How well do you think this would do gaming?
  3. Not very well :( The 550 ti is pretty weak. It would do much better with a hd 7770. You would probably be able to play all those game on high settings at 1440x900.
  4. strife_ff7 said:
    Not very well :( The 550 ti is pretty weak. It would do much better with a hd 7770. You would probably be able to play all those game on high settings at 1440x900.



    Alright so a change of graphics card is in need. But overall how do you think this build is for what i am trying to use it for (mainly gaming)?
  5. You should get this ram g.skill ares 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231542
    You will have to pay tax on it but that will only make it about $40. Also you shouldn't get that hard drive get this one its better and only $2 more wd blue http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&CatId=2459
    The 8gb of ram will help with editing. The build will perform pretty good at 1440x900 on med-high settings should get like 40-60 fps on most new games.
  6. strife_ff7 said:
    You should get this ram g.skill ares 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231542
    You will have to pay tax on it but that will only make it about $40. Also you shouldn't get that hard drive get this one its better and only $2 more wd blue http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&CatId=2459
    The 8gb of ram will help with editing. The build will perform pretty good at 1440x900 on med-high settings should get like 40-60 fps on most new games.



    Thanks for the help. Would you mind in the near future if i sent you private messages regarding parts and such?

    As for ram should i get the one you mentioned or two of these for 40.73
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231307

    And im not quite sure on the compatibility of the new ram i picked from Newegg
  7. noobie121 said:
    Thanks for the help. Would you mind in the near future if i sent you private messages regarding parts and such?

    As for ram should i get the one you mentioned or two of these for 40.73
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231307

    And im not quite sure on the compatibility of the new ram i picked from Newegg


    Sure you can message me. You should get the g.skill ares or this g.skill ripjaws x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
  8. Sure you can message me. You should get the g.skill ares or this g.skill ripjaws x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426[/quotem

    Umm... i know this was suppose to be in my 1st post to but i prefer Tiger Direct because i live in Cali and Newegg has tax.
  9. Sacramento! Nice. That's where I'm from.

    I actually would also recommend the 7770 over the 550Ti. Its faster and uses less power.

    I also wouldn't recommend that CPU either, since there are newer ones that out-perform it.
  10. Deemo13 said:
    Sacramento! Nice. That's where I'm from.

    I actually would also recommend the 7770 over the 550Ti. Its faster and uses less power.

    I also wouldn't recommend that CPU either, since there are newer ones that out-perform it.


    I only have a limited budget and that quad core AM3 is the cheapest one with a fan that i have found.
  11. noobie121 said:
    I only have a limited budget and that quad core AM3 is the cheapest one with a fan that i have found.


    Try this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315
  12. Deemo13 said:


    I'd rather use Tiger Direct since Newegg has taxes for the State of California. And although i have never built a PC i would rather have AMD. Also i need help picking out out a graphics card for under 100 if possible but i might shell out cash for a HD 7770
  13. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=603596&CatId=7226

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2520618&CatId=7162

    The reason I like these Intel parts is because they are just flat out faster. You could argue that the Athlon has 4 cores. But its old.

    The 4-cylinder motor in my 2010 Mazda puts out more power than my friend's Camry V6. Older technology is not as efficient and not as quick.

    Its also cheaper.

    I would recommend shelling the cash for the 7770, as it is quicker than the 7750 by far. With the Pentium I listed you should be able to save a little bit of cash.

    If you REALLY wanted AMD, then that is not the one to go with. Its old and slow. The only processor I would vaguely recommend right now is the Phenom II X4 955, and those are becoming hard to find.
  14. Deemo13 said:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=603596&CatId=7226

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2520618&CatId=7162

    The reason I like these Intel parts is because they are just flat out faster. You could argue that the Athlon has 4 cores. But its old.

    The 4-cylinder motor in my 2010 Mazda puts out more power than my friend's Camry V6. Older technology is not as efficient and not as quick.

    Its also cheaper.

    I would recommend shelling the cash for the 7770, as it is quicker than the 7750 by far. With the Pentium I listed you should be able to save a little bit of cash.

    If you REALLY wanted AMD, then that is not the one to go with. Its old and slow. The only processor I would vaguely recommend right now is the Phenom II X4 955, and those are becoming hard to find.



    If i stick with my first build listed above but got the HD 7770 how well would it do gaming wise? What newer games could i run on decent settings?
  15. They would run games fine.

    Personally I think the newer architecture of the Pentiums is better, but its a preference thing.
  16. Deemo13 said:
    They would run games fine.

    Personally I think the newer architecture of the Pentiums is better, but its a preference thing.


    How well do you think it would run BF3, and some of the Total War games? World Of tanks and Guild Wars 2?
  17. Both will run it well.
  18. Deemo13 said:
    Both will run it well.


    Ok. I guess now i'll wait for rebates and deals and such and hopefully i'll have a decent build.
  19. Hope you get something great!
  20. Deemo13 said:
    Hope you get something great!


    I have a question, the Radeon HD 7770's use a PCIE 3.0 (x16). Will that fit on my selected motherboard?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1418809&CatId=7245
  21. Yea should run it fine.
  22. Deemo13 said:
    Yea should run it fine.


    I have a couple questions. For fans how would i set specific ones to intake and exhaust? Or do i just kind of for ex if one is doing intake i just flip it over and drill it back in and it'll do exhaust? Also, are PC fans auto controlled? I don't want them on full blast all the time for no reason. Idk how many fans my selected motherboard can use considering i also have to plug in all the other necessary things.
  23. Fans operate one way only. Intake should be from the bottom front to the top rear.

    You can get a fan controller, but usually if you have good fans it doesnt matter.
  24. Deemo13 said:
    Fans operate one way only. Intake should be from the bottom front to the top rear.

    You can get a fan controller, but usually if you have good fans it doesnt matter.


    So i can't just spin it around and mount it that way? Would my motherboard adjust fan speed according to heat?
  25. Yes fans only go one way, so you can turn it around to go the other way.

    And I don't understand why you wouldn't have the fans just going at whatever speed. Unless they're annoyingly loud, then controlling the fans isnt really necessary.
  26. Deemo13 said:
    Yes fans only go one way, so you can turn it around to go the other way.

    And I don't understand why you wouldn't have the fans just going at whatever speed. Unless they're annoyingly loud, then controlling the fans isnt really necessary.


    Yeah, if they aren't annoyingly loud then i don't mind.
  27. Some are and some aren't. Its kind of a hit and miss.
  28. Deemo13 said:
    Some are and some aren't. Its kind of a hit and miss.



    Hey theres a motherboard on rebate but i can't tell which one is better

    The Gigabyte (rebate) for 44.99
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1963429&csid=_61

    Or the ASUS for 59.99
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1418809&sku=A455-3146

    I'm not sure if the Gigabyte would be compatible with all my selected parts and apparently its only compatible with 95w CPU and i don't know if the one i have picked is.
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