800-900 AMD Gaming System Review

I have been wanting to do a new gaming build for myself for quite some time and i got a decent christmas bonus at work so i want to spend it on a new rig.

Since i built my last system I have learned quite a bit about computers so i would like to do some experimenting with overclocking the different parts of my system.

I would also like to make sure that i dont build myself into a corner with this. My last build i went with an aging motherboard to save some cash and found myself with no where to upgrade to. I may have gone a little bit overboard with the board i did select though with the 4 PCIe slots. I do like that it does 16X/16X Crossfire Support because i plan on buying a 2nd of whatever graphics card i go with a few months down the line.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Hard Drive, PSU (have a OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP.) and OS(have win 7 64)


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU and Would like a Direct X 11 Graphics Card



MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a BenQ FP222WH. Its recommended resolution is 1680 x 1050.

Proposed Parts

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Price $89.99

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Price $163.99

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
Price $165.00

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
Price $299.99

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC34G1333LLK - Retail
Price $89.99

CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
Price $37.99

Total: $846.95

I am very open to suggestion on my part selection but would like to stick with AMD/ATI.

Are there better values available that im missing out on? also im wondering about my ram Selection. I would eventually like to get 8 gig in there but i read that with this mobo if you fill all 4 slots the memory has to be set to 1333
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  1. You wont use more than 4GB RAM for gaming anyway.

    I dont see anything objectionable or incompatible, assuming your hard drive is a SATA 3GB. Also you will have to re-install the OS when you connect the HDD to a new motherboard.
  2. Okay i will be sure to do a clean install.

    The memory i had selected was just moved to deactivated by Newegg.

    If more than 4gig isnt needed then should i move to a faster memory since my Mobo supports it?
  3. In general you wont get much performance increase beyond ddr3-1600. Getting low latency (cas7) will get you a few percent performance increase and give you more overclocking options.
  4. Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLK - Retail - 99$

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996657 - Retail - :$127.99

    Would these be decent replacements? Memory is always the hardest part for me.
    Is the extra 30 bucks worth the investment if they are both cas7?

    found this as well

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 - $104.99

    I dont know much about G SKill though
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