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April 7, 2009 5:32:51 PM

Purpose for this computer is Gaming, Web Browsing. I need a final confirmation from you folks, make sure no major issues.

Case:
Sunbeam Silent Storm IC-SS-SVBK Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
OCZ Intel Extreme Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X13334GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
HIS Hightech H485QT512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ4 Turbo Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total right now w/ shipping no MIR = $822.11

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April 7, 2009 5:45:46 PM

If you're not planning to crossfire, the power supply could be downgraded to a 500 - 600 Watts.

At witch resolution do you play?

April 7, 2009 5:47:41 PM

No major issues - everything will work good together.

1.5TB HDD seems a bit of overkill for a gaming / web browsing system. Look for something around 640GB (WD Caviar Black) and save $50.

Corsair 750TX is far above the requirements of 2x 4850 video cards. 550VX would power your whole system with 2x 4850 and save $30
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April 7, 2009 5:48:55 PM

Already have a DVD burner you're going to use?
April 8, 2009 1:00:00 AM

Thanks for the critique, I am switching the HD and Psu for those less expensive ones. Does seem like overkill in retrospect.

Doh, forgot the dvd burner >_<, thanks for reminding me.

I currently use a 1440x900, however I plan on purchasing a larger monitor (24"?) when I find a good price on one.
April 8, 2009 3:43:34 AM

The case you chos is kinda iffy, I'm not sure it will have enough room for your components. The fan in the middle of the case is an intruiging idea, but it may get in the way of your GPU's, and its only 7.9" wide, so a cooler might have trouble fitting (which you should get so you can OC)
If you are on a budget, then take a look at this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you can afford a bit more, then look here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This promo code gets you free shipping if you order by tomorrow, which saves like $20: EMCLRLN22
April 8, 2009 6:30:12 AM

I checked the case and didnt have a problem with it once I saw that one NewEgg customer reviewer said he managed to get his GTX 280 in the case. For a 2005 vintage case it's still pretty decent.
The fan on the side door is a likely problem for a tall CPU cooler.

Look over the other customer reviews to get an idea of the highs and lows of the case:
NewEgg Customer Reviews for Sunbeam Silent Storm
A couple "professional" reviews: Silent Storm - overclockercafe.com - virtual-hideout.net
April 8, 2009 8:17:41 PM

+1 WR2 for the HD and the PSU.

Just thought I would let you know that if you are planning on getting a 24" monitor in the future and want to max your games out you might want to pop for a 4870 1 GB, or even a 4890 to truly future proof your system. I currently have a 4850 and it runs most games maxed, Crysis is definitely an exception.

I don't know too much about AMD motherboards, but I don't know if it is worth it to pop for DDR3. Maybe downgrading the motherboard and snagging the DDR2 will allow you to pop for a better graphics card.

Just thought I would add my $.02.
April 8, 2009 8:29:07 PM

Thanks all, taking everything you say into consideration.