First Build

Howaya, :bounce:

My first attempt at building my own computer and it's a hard earned budget. I'll be using this rig for gaming mostly and then internet, movies, etc. Need some opinions on what I've picked since this will be my first time building my own. Thanks for any tips/opinions in advance. This is the stuff I've picked:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition~


RAM: Corsair 4GB-Kit Dominator DDR3~

GFX CARD: ATI Radeon HD4890 1GB (possibly the 5870 when it's released)

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower~

PSU: Corsair VX550W 550 Watt~

Hard Drive: WesternDigital Caviar Black 640GB

Cd/Dvd Drive: Samsung SH-D163B SATA~

OS: Windows 7 Premium ( when out )~

CPU Cooler: Thoughts on one for mild overclocking ? Or is the stock cooler enough for that ?

My budeget is at max €1000 priced at ( in english to ) and I don't need a mouse/keyboard but if anyone knows of some good deals let me know, thanx.

Also, If there are any different components that are better or cheaper (but on the same level) let me know. Oh and if I've posted on the wrong forum let me know....I'm a newb :ange:
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  1. The 550 watt Corsair is probably fine, but I'd be more comfortable with a 650 Watt Corsair in there. I think both the 4890 and 5870 are pretty power hungry cards, so having a little more headroom might be worth it. If there's only a little price difference, definitely go with a 650 Watt. For your hard drive, The Caviar Black 640 is a good choice, though the current Samsung F3 500GB and Seagate 7200.12 500GB drives perform better since they are both single platter drives. The Caviar Black is built with 2x 320 GB platters so they have lower data density. Price should be a tiny bit better with the single 500GB platter drives also.

    For CPU coolers, if you want to overclock you really should have an aftermarket one and good thermal paste. Anything out there will be better than stock, though some popular choices are Xigmatek and Sunbeam. CoolerMaster makes some also, though not sure how well they stack up for their price.
  2. Heya obsidian, prob gonna go for the Scythe one because of some good reviews i've seen on google as well as your recommendation.
    As for the Psu, the 5870 is supposed to use less power or so the previews i've read have said but i'll give some thought to the 650W.
    Thanks for the replies guys :)
  3. As was suggested already, I'd get the 750TX psu. Since your motherboard supports crossfire, this psu will have enough power if you decide to add a second card in the future.
  4. I'll be sticking to a single gpu since, imo, crossfire is overkill for the time being. When it becomes worth the cost, i'll upgrade the psu.
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