Now, i have a few questions since this is my first time buiding:
1. Vista -Retail or Vista -OEM? I do NOT want to spend 222$ on vista, but i don't wanna have an operating system that wont work in the first place!
2. The CPU: Dual core seems to be enough since most games don't take advantage of more than 2 cores (Hopefully.....)
(on a side note, would OC'ing this be hard?)
3. Ok, the GPU. I know the 3870 isn't the best of the bunch, but if i do come up with the money eventually is it worth it to run it in crossfire mode? I'm pretty sure the MB and Power Supply support it, but i just want to check and make sure.
4. Finally, and most importantly to me:
A. Will it all fit together?
B. Will it run to hot. (I don't know if running hot is a HUGE problem but i just want to be sure)
C. Is this a good set-up for the money.
D. I have taken apart a computer and put it back together, but it was old (Kinda, Windows ME to give you a time frame). I learned a lot, and am wondering if it will even be possible for a novice like me to put a computer together like this. I'm not computer illiterate by any means, but still its a challenge.
And, one more thing... I just so happen to live in one of the 3 states where newegg has to charge Tax, are there any other reliable sites where i could get some of the parts to maybe cut costs?
Thanks for any answers, i know this is a long post
For the motherboard, I'd go with something like the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L. It's got great reviews and Gigabyte is a reputable company. But if you want the two pci-e ports, just for an alternative, I have a Foxconn P45A-S (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). It doesn't look as pretty as the one you found but it's like 95 bucks on newegg now, has better reviews, and for what it's worth it's been great to me. It's up to you.
For the power supply, I'd definitely step up to a more reputable name. Something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is only 25 extra bucks and definitely worth it in my opinion. The Silencer line is supposed to be great and this would have enough juice even if you did decide to crossfire two 4830s. - What Bobzzz suggested was also a good choice.
Other than that, BoBzzz's picks are good but you could shave some bucks off with a cheaper case, like the one you picked, but I have an Antec 300 and it is very nice and well built - I can't really suggest against it.