First time build--AMD?

Hi all, after years of store bought H.P. computers I have decided I would build a system from scratch. I plan on buying within the next 3-4 weeks, and the only reason I am going with AMD is cost, so I am open to other options. If I figure out how to do it I may overclock, so cooling is important. Here is what I have..

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition AM-932-RWN1-GP Red Steel / Plastic / Mesh bezel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119212


ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131392


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011


SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809


OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227496

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057

This system will be used mostly for gaming (on a budget) and internet. Thanks in advance
John
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  1. If you are going to OC, then you might as well get the 955BE (same exact silicon). you'll also need aftermarket cooling. A lot of good choices in this area, but definitely look at the Hyper 212+. It is a very good cooler for the money.
  2. Okay, added the Extra cooling to the list (Hyper 212+ not compatible with Amd??) and went with the 955BE. Any other thoughts? I am about at the end of the budget.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition AM-932-RWN1-GP Red Steel / Plastic / Mesh bezel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119212

    ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131392

    SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809

    CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227496

    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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057

    Thanks again
  3. It actually is. The bracket can flip around and fit AM3. But you certainly don't have to get that cooler if you don't want to, however for overclocking you will need some aftermarket cooling.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=Hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product
    Note the compatibility list on this page includes AM2+/Am3.

    http://www.frostytech.com/
    Good site to find other good performing coolers.
  4. You're going top tier on everything else, you might as well ditch the 4850x2 and pay slightly more for a 5850.

    If you re-prioritized your money, you could probably fit a 5870 in that budget. I'm more about performance than flash though and in the end it's your money.

    Example: I went with decent looking $50 ATX mid tower instead of a $150 for a full tower I'd never even halfway fill up.
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