Monitor resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Acer H233H 23" Monitor)
Overall it puts me at $828.90 before rebates. I'm pretty sure on my processor, hd, case, and burner choices. I'm not entirely set on my mobo, gpu, ram, psu, and cooler choices yet however. I do plan to do some overclocking (cpu, gpu) but at this moment in time, I do not think I'm going to want to crossifre. In the mean time, will these parts be compatible with eachother and are there any more optimal solutions?
All good choices, except for the PSU. The PSU you chose is very high quality, but its kinda in an awkward spot for your system. A decent 500w PSU would be good for your system, like the PC P&C 500w Silencer, or maybe check out the OCZ StealthXstream 600w PSU (about the same quality as the 500w PCP&C) or maybe a Corsair 550vx. If you want to xfire later with another 4870 down the road, then you should be looking at a 700-750w PSU. PC P&C silencer 750w, or a Corsair 750tx would be the best options there.
So upon further consideration, I think I will scratch the HD 4870 and go with the XFX Radeon HD 4890. This one seems to be the highest rated on Newegg.
Thanks for the PSU suggestions as well! I'm stuck now on deciding whether to get the OCZ Fatal1ty 550 or the Corsair 550vx now. It seems the big difference between the two are that the OCZ has 2 +12V rails and is modular, whereas the Corsair is not modular and only has 1 +12V rail. Can anyone tell me how that difference affects my build?
A single 12V rail can be better in some circumstances . Imagine you have 2 x 25 watt rails and 3 x 15 amp devices which wont run
versus 1 x 50 amp rail which will run 3 x 15 amp devices .
I would go back to your original psu for a 4890 rig . It gives you some overhead , and because its not running even close to its max power then it will be cooler and quieter
600 - 650 watt would be plenty
PS . the 4890 was released DAYS ago so the reviews are very short term . All the 4890's will probably be identical reference designs made by ATI and rebadged by XFX , Sapphire etc . Buy the cheapest one , or the one with the best game bundle IMO
Everything looks good. That PSU should be enough, but if a comparable Corsair, FSP, or Antec was on sale don't pass that up. You could save a few bucks by going with the DDR2 model of that board and DDR2 RAM, but considering your current choices aren't too much more I'd say it's worth it to go with the DDR3 setup. While phenom IIs will continue to support DDR2, the next generation will be DDR3 only and thus not work in DDR2 boards.