Compatibility check

Processor-99.99
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Ram-47.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Motherboard-69.99
GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+ FX ATX Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2000MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

HardDrive-59.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Powersupply-59.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Optical Drive-17.99
LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM

Graphics Card-
MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB
or
GeForce GTX 260 896MB

Case-39.99
RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

the games i play are SC2, WoW, and maybe start up SWTOR, D3. which graphics card would be best? i can get the GTX 260 from a friend for 70ish. the Radeon 7770 is 134.99 on newegg.
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  1. got rid of the links and put in actual names.
  2. Raidmax makes horrible cases - get a Corsair 200R instead. Absolutely no reason to purchase a GTX 260 as it's like a six year old card. What's the max budget? I think I would scrap that whole build and get something different.
  3. id be getting the gtx 260 for only $65 from a friend. and its not too far beyond a 7770 i believe? my budget is 450.
  4. skuch said:
    id be getting the gtx 260 for only $65 from a friend. and its not too far beyond a 7770 i believe? my budget is 450.


    Well see for yourself: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/664?vs=536

    This would be a better case for $39: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

    Or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227

    Pretty much everything else you have looks good for the price.
  5. ive heard that the motherboard i have selected is not wise for over clocking... and im iffy on the ram. do i need 1333 or is 1600 fine? i plan on over clocking the cpu to 3.8 ghz - 4.0 ghz. would i need a different cooling source? ... this is my first build so trying to learn these things :)
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