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Hi! I'm Planning to build my own system but not really sure if this are the right choices.

ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

HIS H487Q1GH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply -

and all of those will be dump here:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

for a Grand Total: $1,175.99 w/shipping included.

Will the 4870 bottleneck the rig?
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  1. Overall, you have the right idea but it could use some changes.

    Instead of selecting the most expensive AM3 board you will be getting the same performance out of either Gigabyte's UD5P or MSI's GD70 boards. If you can find Mushkin RAM at lower timings in 1333MHz you mine aswell get a pair of those instead. The PII's only recognize up to 1333MHz bandwidth. I didn't know that until I actually posted and showed up to 1333MHz after switching to 1600MHz.

    No need to get the 4870. Just get the 5770 instead. It runs DX11, stays cooler, and uses less power. You won't need 850W or power to run your system either. With 5770's in Crossfire you can still get by with a 650W 80+ power supply. The Caviar Blue's aren't exactly the best bang for the buck. Get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 instead. Should be cheaper if not in the same ball park.
  2. Or take Bohley's suggestions except for the video card and take the money you saved and get a 5850.
  3. ok heres all with the change:

    MOBOB and Win 7

    AMD II 965

    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

    MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    then maybe later I'll explore the world of OCing so i also will buy this one:

    ZALMAN VF1000 2 Ball VGA Cooler

    ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

    K guys tell me what you thinkbefore I'll buy :) Thanks again.

    Grand Total:* $1,265.38 with S/H
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