First time Custom PC, Need opinions on parts

July 13, 2011 at 19:05:11
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II 3.2Ghz/4 gigs ddr3
I really want to get into PC gaming, but I am on a silly 3 year old macbook laptop with an integrated graphics card, which couldn't run pong at more than 15 fps (hyperbole). I decided to set out making a custom PC, with parts I find online to be of good quality. I am completely new at this, and have only learned from what I think looks good according to reviews/etc.

I already have a 19" LCD monitor, a keyboard, and a gaming mouse, as well as a copy of Windows 7.

I came up with this rig priced at around 450$:

AMD Athlos II X3 450 3.2 GHz triple core Processor

MSI 760GM-P33 mATX AMD Mobo

Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 2GB 2.1x16 Video card

Apex AL-D500 500w ATX12V power supply

Apex TX-381-C mATX tower

G.Skill Ripjaw 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600 ram

Samsung Spinpoint 1tb 7200 RPM 3.0Gb/S HD

Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x dvd burner

TP-LINK USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless adapter

Gelid Solutions 80mm silent case fan (20.72 CFM airflow)
Gelid Solutions 120mm intelligent PWM case fan (58CFM airflow)
Scythe Kama FLEX 92mm PWM case fan (11-47.5CFM airflow)

My questions are essentially these:
Am I missing anything vital to a gaming PC?
Is there any incompatibility with these parts?
If those two questions are NOs, then will this rig run modern games at at least 30 FPS?

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July 13, 2011 at 21:06:07
I agree with mick on most items. If you are OK with only 2 RAM slots then the board linked below comes with integrated HD4250 graphics which is a plus, in my opinion.

While Asrock is a good brand, the warranty is only 1 year. The board linked below is 3 years.

The 430W PSU while adequate for the parts listed doesn't provide much overhead Amperage. The 12V rail is 28A.

The PSU you selected is a dual 12V rail and is not a good brand.

The case you picked has a side vent and only a 90MM rear fan. You should look for a top PSU case with ONLY one rear case fan. Preferably 120MM.

I am not a fan of Sony optical drives myself. They seem to fail faster than others. I prefer Lite on brand but optical drives are disposable hardware anyway. As mick mentioned, the board he linked and the one I linked are capable of unlocking extra cores if they will run. Worth trying for free.

I recommend getting RAM that runs at 1.5V, not higher than that. All the RAM mentioned in this thread run at 1.5V.

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July 14, 2011 at 00:24:30
This system will outpeform both systems listed above
To fit your budget remove hd 6850 and replace it with gts 450($100 @, now the total amount is 456 U$D.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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