Hi, this is my first build, and i want to make sure everything is compatible and that i am getting back best bang out of the system. i plan i getting the system by the end of the month and its primary function is gaming and i plan on spending $850-ish. i will do some video editing and photoshop, but that is not necessary.
the place a plan to buy these parts from is Newegg.com
I will not be needing a Monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, cd burner or an operating system, as i already have those.
Total - 844.89
After rebates - 809.89 with shipping - 878.62
with shipping + rebates - 843.62
I will probably upgrade by crossfiring an additional 4870. will my PSU handle it? and are there any suggestions to my build?
I will also be adding in after market cooler in the future. although i will be gaming, i do not plan on overclocking, as i want to increase the lifespan of my machine. I will also add thermal paste later.
the only concern i can see so far is the motherboard
I will play at 1680x1050 res.
I mostly play RTS games - A lot of Red Alert 3 currently, planning to play Starcraft 2 when it comes out. I also play FPS games, but not very much - Call of Duty 4, Crysis. MMORPG's are also fun to me, but i get bored of them really fast.
EDIT: i forgot to mention that i live in new jersery, and that there is a $60 tax on $850. If you could offer a website with a great selection of computer parts, it would be appreciated.
I've had good luck with www.zipzoomfly.com. No one has mentioned a compatibility problem with the original build. You picked DDR2 RAM, but the motherboard requires DDR3 RAM. I would get one of these motherboards instead: