This is my first build so I'm a little worried about compatibility of the parts. Any input would be helpful.
I've also got a few specific questions:
1) Should I get a 3rd party CPU fan? I'm not planning on OCing yet, and I'm hoping to get away with the included fan.
2) I found this Combo for Win 7 and a slightly different Radeon 5770. This 5770 is more expensive but with the combo it turns out to be the same price. Is the difference between the two cards significant enough that I should use the combo instead of buying the two separately?
Let me know if you see any problems with my current build or ways in which it could be improved without exceeding the budget by too much.
I don't see a need to get a 3rd party CPU fan, as the stock is good even for moderate overclocks, and if you aren't even going to be doing it for awhile I don't think it's worth losing this current build to get one into the budget.
There's no reason to get the more expensive GPU that I can see. If the picture on newegg is accurate then the 100283-2L has an 'egg' cooler on it which is supposed to be better at keeping the GPU temperature down than the pictured cooler on the 100283L.
As your motherboard only has 1 PCI-E slot a 700W is overkill, but the combo that it comes with looks very attractive. So it would be good to get a motherboard into the build that has 2 PCI-E slots so that you can crossfire later. But if you're determined not to crossfire then the build is perfect.
Although I'm not currently planning to crossfire, I certainly would like to get a Motherboard that could support it. Trouble is I'm having a tough time finding one that fits into my budget and seems to have decent quality. Any suggestions?