$550~~ New build

I want to build a computer for about $550 (maybe a bit over). Anyways I have one question: would it be okay to use a 160gb IDE Hdd and a SSD?
Here is the hdd:
http://www.harddriveexperts.com/WD1600BB-22RDA0.html
My budget for an SSD would be $50-$80.
Also is it okay to reuse a IDE cd drive?

Okay now to the real build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.88 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $572.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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  1. That 160 GB HDD is butt if you plan to be using it for mass storage. I'd go with the 500GB model you listed, or this -

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
  2. Also save some money and try out this badass case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235035
  3. you could get a cheaper case and spend more on the performance parts if the computer like the cpu abd grafics card!!!

    get a intel cpu and i would recoment the safire 7850 or a 7870!! great price to performance. little more money yet big jump in performance.

    is your going to spend 90 on a case get the r400 or the nzxt 910!
    the haf 912 is big and high airflow.
  4. i would get the

    Core i3-3220

    intel= gaming performance

    amd= software performance, never has done well in cpu's (only grafics cards)


    ttp://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-3.html
  5. i dont know if antec is a good brand.

    550w is not alot

    you might need to upgrade in a grafics card = more wattage (bigger power suply)
  6. awesomedude911 said:
    i dont know if antec is a good brand.

    550w is not alot

    you might need to upgrade in a grafics card = more wattage (bigger power suply)


    I'm not trying to be rude here but just WTF are you talking about. Antec is a great PSU brand, and 550w is more than enough.

    So before you go and give people suggestions, maybe get some good grammar. I'd never trust somebody to make a $100 decision for me when he doesn't even know how to spell graphics correctly. And NO he does not need to get a better GPU, that one is fine.

    I'd learn a thing or two about a computer before you try to help someone out with a PC. Just a suggestion.
  7. instead of an SSD maybe something like this ? I'd drop the cooler. probably won't need it and you'd have some money for a bigger HD. 160gb isn't much.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171667
  8. Please OP, don't listen to awesomedude911. He knows not of what he speaks of!
  9. No offence awesomedude but please stop. You aren't even spelling right.

    Here's some updates: (thanks for codes bow)
    GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

    RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178382


    I am now down to $540 after rebates. ^_^
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