New System Build Help - General and Gaming

I am getting ready to build my system the week of 23-Mar-2009. I am trying to build a fairly robust system that will be used for general computer use and gaming (Empire: Total War, Rise Of Flight, Call Of Duty: World At War). The below configuration is what I am planning on at the moment. I would appreciate any advice. Is there anything that looks out of whack? Is there an opportunity to upgrade something important without adding much cost? Have I over-killed on anything?

Also, are there in very detailed and up-to-date information rich manuals for building you own computer that you would highly recommend?

This is my first build and again, any help is appreciated.

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:RC-932-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119160

1 BFG ES-800 Power Supply

1 EVGA 132-YW-E179-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:132-YW-E179-TR
Item #:N82E16813188040

1 BFG Tech BFGEGTX260MC896OCXBE GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #:N82E16814143175

1 Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
Model #:BX80570E8500
Item #:N82E16819115036

1 Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G2000LLKN - Retail
Model #:PVS34G2000LLKN
Item #:N82E16820220344

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD1001FALS
Item #:N82E16822136284

1 ASUS 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-22B1LT - Retail
Model #:DRW-22B1LT
Item #:N82E16827135186

Subtotal: $1,152.92

Thanks very much!
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  1. Unless you have something against AMD the Phenom II 940BE will outperform the E8500. $200

    ASUS M3N72-D AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard $130

    DDR3 is nice, but it doesn't have a performance impact on games.
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $40

    If your willing to move to a crossfire platform... I'm assuming thats why you bought a 800W PSU.
    MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard $130 - $15MIR

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express $190 Weekend Special
  2. Thanks for the reply. I think I am going in an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU direction, but the suggestion you made on memory sounds like a good way to save some on the budget.

    Thanks again,
  3. I avoid 7 series mobo's like the plague, and there is a reason for that. Those boards are riddled with issues that cause failures and stability issues constantly, they are the mobo equivalent of the seagate 7200.11 drives, perhaps worse, if that means anything to you. DDR3-2000 is rediculously expensive and unnecessary in every way. If you want to SLI, then you need to go to the x58 chipset, which you can do without increasing the cost very much:
    Those items come to $806 with shipping included, -$40 MIR Grand total $766. Your selections cost $816 with shipping -$75 MIR grand total $751. So $15 more and you get an i7, you can overclock that GTX 260 yourself and get the same results.
  4. Thanks for replying.

    I think I will go down a notch on the memory like you suggest, and save a bit.

    I have gone back and forth on the i7, they have not been in the field for very long and I just generally worry about very new technology. I can't afford the the fast i7 processor, do you think the 2.66 processor is fast enough for gaming. I really don't want to overclock my CPU.

    I am going to play the combat sim Rise Of Flight when it comes out, and I did note that the developers mentioned a 30% performance improvement when using quad cores, so that is one argument for it.

    Do you know of any good manuals to suggest for building a computer? I have a few, but still looking for something better.

    Thanks again,
  5. Most people want the i7 920 2.66ghz. You can OC that CPU easily with a decent or even stock cooling. If your going to go intel I recommend the i7 platform, otherwise if you don't want to spend that much the Phenom II 940BE is logical step down.
  6. The i7 will do well for you . OC'ing it is really easy, you can OC to 3.0 ghz by just changing the BCLK to 150 and it will outperform the 940, and just use all stock voltages. Its rock solid on my mobo, and I imagine it will be on all others too.
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