Help/opinion for $1600ish gaming PC

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BUDGET RANGE:$1680 ca. max.


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Greetings. I'm completely new at the building front, so I've cruised the internet for some advice. This is what I decided I'll buy if everything fits, works and will run most new games smooth/not bad. I'd be happy if I got some professional help with the list.

I'm going to overclock a bit, but no SLI/crossfire, so I wondered if I should get PC10666 and a MSI 770-c45 instead (no crossfire option) to save some dough.
I kinda feel that the current mobo is overkill for my use, and also have concerns about MSI 770-c45 with 12800 ram; heard they don't work well together. That's the main reason for choosing this mobo, so if anyone know if I can use the black edition ram with 770-c45 I'll be very happy. I realise the 770-c45 is a budget board, and this is also why I want it. I saw some pretty nice clocks and benchmarks with it too.
Also, I won't be buying SSD atm. using win7.

Mobo: asus m4a79xtd evo
GPU: asus ati radeon hd 5870 1gb
cpu: AMD phenom ii x4 965 125w black edition
ram: ocz ddr3 pc3-12800 AMD Black Edition 4GB kit 8-8-8-24 1.65v
psu: Chieftec 650w ATX 12c 2.2/eps-12v 14cm Fan PFC Cable Management Retail
case: Coolermaster Midi Tower HAF 922
dvd reader: sony DVD recorder 24x SATA Dual Layer Internal Black Bulk
hdd: WD 500.0GB 7200 RPM SATA II 3.5" 32MB Caviar Greenpower
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  1. Actually, don't mind the price. I just want to know if this build will work nicely, and if changing the mobo to MSI 770-c45 and ram to pc3-10666 would be better for only one GPU.
  2. yeah it should work fine but switch to the 955 and get a good cpu cooler any of the ones listed should do
  3. thanks a lot, will do that :) By the way, why 955? what's the difference?
  4. Ditch that ChiefTech PSU. It's not a top quality PSU. Get a Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, or OCZ PSU. A Corsair 650TX will be a good choice.

    Imo, with a $1600 build, I'd go with a i7 920 + P6T Deluxe and possibly a good SSD for OS. nvm, just realized it's CDN, not USD.

    Also, Don't get the WD Green HDDs. They are slower. Get a WD Black or Samsung F3.
  5. Since your overclocking the 955 and 965 max out at the same frequency. So it make sense to buy the cheaper model.
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