Looking over your PC, I see there are some issues. You cannot use DDR3 memory on a motherboard that supports only DDR2. AM3 only motherboards are designed to work with DDR3 only, but AM2/AM2+ motherboards run only DDR2. Note that the AM3 processors can run in certain AM2/AM2+ motherboards due to backwards compatibility.
Case: Your case is decent, but not spectacular. Most users are content with just a steel box and nothing more.
Power Supply: Excellent manufacturer but the wattage is overkill for any single graphics card setups. However, if you plan on upgrading the graphics card at a later date, you will need the extra power.
CPU: Those are two very old processors. The Phenom is being replaced by the newer and more efficient Phenom II. The Opteron is designed for servers and the one you've chosen is open box. This means you get a processor and nothing else, not even a cooler. You have two processors from a quad core line, one is designed for servers (Opteron) and the other for consumers (Phenom). Many processors designed for servers are not supported by some consumer level motherboards.
Motherboard: That is a good choice, but the memory kit you listed is designed for triple channel motherboards, not dual channel ones like AMD offers. Technically you could still buy it, but if you're going to you should buy two RAM kits with two sticks of RAM in them as motherboards supporting AMD processors have four RAM slots.
Video Card: Since you chose that card, I assume you realize that it is for workstations that do 3D modeling and not for consumers who play games. The Quadro cards will not run games well at all. Since you are going to do 3D animations, this is not a factor, but it is something to remember.
There are two things missing from your list, a hard drive and an operating system. With PC's that have 4GB or more of RAM, you need a 64-bit operating system to use it all.
Here's a good motherboard, CPU, and RAM combination that will work.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
- A simple but effective motherboard. This one supports AM3 processors with DDR3 memory. This motherboard will not allow for more than a single graphics card to be used. This means you will not be able to use Crossfire or SLI. Since you're not using this PC for gaming, this will not be much of an issue. $79
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz
- The AMD Phenom II X3 720 will work too, but if your budget allows a quad core will be better. This quad core CPU does have a slightly slower clock speed, but it does have four cores. Some 3D animation and modeling programs will work with four cores and, if the programs you use are designed for it, this processor will outperform a triple core CPU running at a slightly higher speed. Both the 720 and the 810 come with coolers for the CPU. $139
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
- AM3 only motherboards use DDR3 RAM. DDR3 is slightly more expensive than DDR2, in this case by $10. If you want to fill all four RAM slots on your motherboard, you will need two of these kits. This specific RAM kit has been tested by the motherboard manufacturer and is listed in their QVL as a result. $64
Edited by DJBPace07, 17 July 2009 - 03:37 AM.