Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870
- This uses a newer chipset and comes with USB 3.0 and SATA 6. The difference is that this one does not come with on-board graphics, but you already have a graphics card selected so on-board graphics aren't required. $98
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
- Did you know that there is little difference between the Phenom II X4 965 and 955? They are identical but the 965 is a bit faster at stock speeds. Since both are Black Editions and unlocked, you can very easily bring the 955 up to, and beyond, 965 levels at a lower price. $139
Case: It's an okay case, nothing remarkable. Keep a few things in mind, windows and side vents make the case louder. Shipping on some cases is really expensive. Aluminum cases are usually higher-class products. I prefer Lian-Li cases, but I'm also a bit partial to a good Coolermaster case. If you plan to upgrade your graphics card to a larger, more high-end model, you really should consider a full-ATX case. Same is true if you are going to be using CrossfireX.
Power Supply: I would go for a different PSU than those suggested. I would get the CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
, XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
, SILVERSTONE ELEMENT ST75EF 750W
, or the PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S750 750W
RAM: You probably don't need 8GB of RAM and can get great results with 4GB. 8GB is usually needed by people manipulating lots of data. If your applications use 64-bit natively, they can use all of that RAM, otherwise they will be limited.
GPU: That's a good card for a mid-level PC. If you play more recent games, a better GPU might be warranted. An XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830 1GB
, XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB
, or the HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
would be great cards if you are looking for better performance.