Building a HTPC/Gaming rig $500+, 1st time builder needs advice.

Approximate Purchase Date:
I have already purchesed a AMD Phenom II X4 956 3.4GHz Quad Core processor and a ASRock 970 Extreme3 mother board. The rest I have planned but I have no purchased yet.

Budget Range:
About $500+

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Home Entertainmnet (movies and music)
Web games
Web browsing

Are you buying a monitor:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg because of the range, I cant order from there though.


Parts Preferences:
Cooler Master Elite 360 case
ASRock 970 Extreme3 motherboard (already purchased)
AMD Phenom II X4 956 3.4GHz Quad Core processor (already purchased)
ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5 graphics card
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue hard drive
Antec HCG-520M Power supply - 520 Watt
??? RAM



Monitor Resolution:
720p 16:10 BenQ MW516


I have never built a PC before but I have done a bit of research over the last week or so. I decided to go with the x4 956 based off a good deal I got and planned the rest around that.

As you can see above, under the parts preferences I don't have any RAM chosen yet.

I plan to get 8GB (2x4GB) of RAM but there seems to be a lot of conflicting evidence and theory about 1333MHz CL7 and 1600MHz CL9 RAM so I would like to ask about it before I buy one or the other, it would be around the same price anyway.

Other than that, is there any about the build that I could get better for cheaper or the same price?

Thanks for any advice, I will be watching this thread closely.
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  1. This is pretty much what I am thinking of at the moment.

    Just about to go and pay for the case now.
  2. You pretty much know what to do. It's good. The CPU and motherboard is not the best but there's no problems.
  3. Thanks for the reply cutebeans.

    I got the CPU and heat sink for AU$90 delivered, I didn't look in to intel but with AMD there wasn't anything better until about $150 not including a heat sink. As for the board I searched all over the place for what budget boards people are using for X4 965 builds and the 970 Extreme3 come up a lot and seemed to be recommended a lot.

    Do you have any advice about the CL7 1333MHz or CL9 1600 RAM?

    I am actually pretty much of a "noob" when it comes to computers, I only have been reading about them a few hours a day for the last week, I should have asked for advice before I started buying parts but I though it was the best value.
  4. Just get what's cheaper between the rams.

    You won't notice the difference.
  5. OK will do, thanks again.
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