Need advice on new build!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully this weekend.

BUDGET RANGE: $720 for hardware/software/accessories.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, maybe some computer art on down the road, internet, & schoolwork.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung Syncmaster 712n), speakers (though I'd like to get a nice headset), Hard Drives (one: 250GB SATA Drive; one: 1TB SATA Drive [can be used as an external), DVD Drive (PATA), Case (MicroATX; I've checked dimensions & the 4890 will fit, the PCIE 2.0 slot is below the last drive bay; also I'm gonna hopefully mod it so that I can give it a front 120/140mm fan)



PARTS PREFERENCES: Right now I'm interested in an AMD/ATI setup but I'm no fan boy.

CPU/GPU COMBO: Athlon ii x4 620+ XFX 4890- $278.99

Always been interested in the athlon ii x4 & there is not much of a difference between the 620 & 630 except that this combo deal is only for the 620. Plus since I do video editing I'm not very interested in going any lower than a quad core. But do you think it's worth the extra money to look into a cpu w/ L3 cache? I know that the 4890 isn't dx11 but the fact is that dx11 won't become mainstream until a few years & by then this generations dx11 cards from ati won't be able to handle dx11 effects at respectable framerates; even so, dx10 will still be a viable option. But is a 4890 overkill to hold me off until the 2nd generation of dx11 cards come out (read additional comments for info on what I'd like to play)?

PSU/MOBO COMBO: OCZ StealthStream 700W PSU + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 785G Micro ATX MoBo- $129.98 after MIR-

I know I don't need 700W but it is more expensive to get the 550W OCZ FATALITY & this mobo seperate (there's no combo deal). Plus this mobo fits my criteria via MicroATX form factor & the firewire port (what my video camera uses to plug into the computer); plus its very stable & gives me some overclocking options on down the road if I do happen to attempt it. Though I'm open to other suggestions concerning the PSU & Mobo.

RAM: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333- $96.99

Have had my eyes on this one for a while, plus the voltage is compatible w/ my mobo (this is 1.65V whereas the mobo supports only 1.6V & up). Plus the heatsinks should help to keep them cool in my MicroATX case.

OS: Windows 7 64-bit OEM- $104.99-

Smart choice for the future.

DVI to VGA adapter: $6.98-

The GPU I have chosen doesn't come w/ one & my monitor is only VGA.

Headset: Need help here...

AntiVirus Software: what's one out there that won't tax my system's performance yet keep me protected well?

TOTAL (W/ SHIPPING & MIR): $628.03

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but I'd like to learn more about it first.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (maybe will upgrade in the future, but not too soon)

With this rig I'd like to be able to play graphically intensive games at the highest settings (give or take AA) such as Crysis/Warhead, Arma 2, Far Cry 2, & Oblivion within 40-60fps avg preferably; plus some older games like Neverwinter Nights, Jedi Academy, Source games, etc. Though I also do a little bit of Video Editing (Sony Vegas) I'm not one who needs to have a PC super fast at rendering, just not to the point where it'll take all day. I'm more concerned about in game performance. My friend suggested I go w/ an ATX build but I'm going to stick w/ MicroATX: 1) I plan on running only a single GPU setup, 2) I have a case that already is MicroATX, 3) I want it to be easy to move around (like LAN parties & such) With that being said, I'm open to completely different build ideas for my price range but I don't want to get anything that is unnecessary to accomplish my goals for this build. Also I don't want to have to do much upgrading on this PC for at least a year. Advice would be appreciated, thanks!
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  1. The 4890 DOES come with a DVI-TO-VGA adapter. Look at the photos.

    I doubt this low/mid-end gaming rig can do Crysis & Arma 2 at 60fps with maxed out image quality. There are triple SLI GTX 280 rigs that can barely do that, granted, they're at a much higher resolution or they're on multiple monitors. I think you have unrealistic expectation from $700.

    Indoors Oblivion at 60fps is easy, but outdoors is another story.

    The other games are not as demanding.
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