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Need help from the tech gods buidling my new system!

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July 19, 2013 6:37:58 PM

So, I have finally deiced to scarp my old system for parts, and I am going to use the extra cash to poor into a brand new build. My budget is limited (around 800 bucks, if my old PC sells) but after much dreaming and shopping around, I have come to a semi final conclusion on what I want for the most part, unless someone can show me the errors of my ways or show me a better, cheaper build.

What I have in mind for the build:
For the mobo its a toss up between the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ and ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX

For the processor I was thinking an AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz

The ram I was going to go with either Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB or CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (both DDR3)

Its when It comes to the graphics cards is where I am at a stand still. I can not decide on Nivida or AMD, and having only experience with Nivida in the past so AMD's line of graphics cards are new to to me. At the moment, I was looking at ASUS GTX 550 ti, With plans in the future to add another in SLI however I am open to crossfire (since both mobo's support both) .

I was also going to need to buy a new PSU, and according to the newegg calculator even with the added card It says I would only need a 603w PSU, so I was shooting for a 850w one, if anyone knows better, I am all ears.

This along with a case, fans, cables and other things such as DVD drives has got me slightly over budget

I will be getting a full size case that has rave reviews on its cooling and I intend to overclock at least the processor and the graphics cards, and maybe, if I understood it better, change the timing of the ram, so the easier the over clock, the better. Also keep in mind, that I am trying to follow a red/black theme of the entire system, however its not critical if I can save a chunk of money

So my tomshardware tech gods, any suggestions? Anyone have any experience with either of these mobo and processor combo? Maybe a similar processor (or better) for around the same price? I intend this to be a mid to high level gaming system on a budget, with lots of room for part swaps in the future. Also, Any recommendations on a great graphics card that will power through anything I though at it (of coarse I cant get a geforce gtx 690, be realistic).

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July 20, 2013 8:43:05 PM

Please read over this post and post back with more information.

Current thoughts:
You are going to get a CPU bottleneck with that setup. Your current plan spends way too much on the motherboard and not enough on the Graphics card. Not only that, but you can get a FX-6300 for less than that Phenom, it has 6 cores instead of 4, and it can similarly overclocked well too. Do you prefer AMD parts? I wouldn't consider SLI/Crossfire at the $800 build price either. If you plan on overclocking the CPU, you will want a good CPU cooler.

Another important question: Do you want an SSD? If you want one, what size do you want? It wouldn't give higher frame rates, but it loads the games faster. How much storage space do you want total?