Advice on this $1000 Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 14 days BUDGET RANGE: $1000 before taxes and rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing WoW (want 60+fps at 1920x1200 in 25 man raids), Streaming tv shows online

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg but will shop elsewhere if a better deal COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US


OVERCLOCKING: Will be a first time Overclocker SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if not now, later when i upgrade


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hey guys, I have spent a few weeks mulling over the options for a new gaming rig and the following is what I have come up with. I was posting this primarily as a compatibility check, and if anyone has suggestions for a better setup, let me know! I DO want a crossfire motherboard even if someone has a better suggestion than my current GPU setup, because I will crossfire at some point.

Phenom II X4 955 BE and MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX Combo $307.98

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

2x POWERCOLOR AX4850 1GBD3-PH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $225.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail $109.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $119.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail $34.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $24.99

Which gives me $963.90 before tax, about $37 under budget. Okay guys, fire away. Thank you in advance for any suggestions made!
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  1. That Caviar black 500GB is not a new model; it will be slower and more expensive than the Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500GB models.

    I am not a fan of crossfiring two weak GPUs in a new system, Especially when they are hot, power-hungry cards like the 4850. Even a single 4890 would give close to the same performance at around the same price.

    Id like to recommend the 5770; its around 50% faster than a 4850 for around 50% more money and uses a ton less power. With a 5770 you could drop your PSU down to a 550TX, which would make up some of the price difference. When 4850s are around $100 they are a tough value to beat, though. You have to decide if DX11 and power/heat issues are worth it to you.

    You should see if the antec 300 illusion comes paired with an Antec EA 650 PSU. Might be a good deal for you if you go with lower powered graphics cards. It also might come paired with a True Power 750 if you stick with the paired 4850s.

    I think your system would be better balanced if you dropped to a triple core (phenom or athlon) and went to a single 5850 graphics card. About the same performance as those twin 4850s at about 1/4th the power usage/heat generation.
  2. Get a Cas7 version.

    If you're willing to spend $70 for a 500 gb hd then spend $20 more and get a faster 1tb Hd. Samsung

    And agreed I'd rather see you get a 5770 or above vs those two space heaters that they call a video card.
  3. Is the heat going to be that big of an issue? The case I selected has 3 120mm fans and a 140mm fan, and the reviews for it were overly positive and the same GPU system was chosen in the $750 gaming rig from march on this site, although they were 512 mb cards. I would love to drop down the PSU, but I will eventually be crossfiring and I think I will need the power from this one. What I was afraid of with the 5770 is being bottlenecked by the GPU whereas with two 4850's, although they run hotter, would eliminate a bottleneck from the GPU. I did feel like I was dragging my feet into the 4850's though due to price constraints. Ideally it would be two 5850's! Will a single 5770 deliver enough power to get 60+ fps in game with 25 other people sitting around me?

    For the hd, I don't store anything, I have never used more than 300gb on any computer. Any suggestions for the fastest possible HD under $80 regardless of size?

    I have updated my list with the new memory!
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