First Build and Post

Hi everyone, could you experts share your insight and let me know if this is a good build and if I am missing anything or overlooked something. I dont have any experiance (first time build) with this but have been reading and learning lots over the past few weeks. I can read and follow direction so hopefully this will all work out plus I think it will be fun and a challange. Thanks in advance.


BUDGET RANGE: $1200.00 Canadian$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, Movies, Music, Photo editing and gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse and 1 300gb HD from current PC

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Best layout and reasonably prices dont want to be ordering from 4 different sites . 1 suppler 1 headach.

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

SUPER TALENT INTAIN1MCR All-in-one Card Reader - Retail

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe but want the option


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want this PC to be fast and good to go for awhile, also am thinking of connecting it to my current (Mini) Home Theater.

Thank you all again for your valued opinions.
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  1. This HDD is superior:
    Also since you said you want the option to crossfire, you'll need a PSU with more PCIE connectors:
  2. Nice build.

    Would prefer XFX 4870 to avoid having shaved graphics capability a bit too close.
    A few more dollars now, longer time until upgrade required.

    If you want to prepare for Crossfire, I agree with jb above, but I personally prefer the WD Black's combined performance and reliability.
  3. Okay. Decent build.

    The thing is why not wait for the i5 to come out? Wait 2 more weeks(for prices to settle), trust me, prices will drop, there will be more options too.
  4. If u have to down to a 770 chipset and try to hit a HD 4870 for your resolution? Another option is to hit a cheaper 95W TDP 945
  5. didnt see you selected the 4850 for 140 dollars, get the 4870 instead then.
  6. Thanks everyone. After reading some more I think I am not going to need crossfire and should maybe wait for the i5 to come out and see what its capible of since i won't be ordering this for a week or 2.
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