Planing first build... critique my plan

I want to start by saying that while I have worked with various software and done some fairly basic programing, I relatively little hardware knowledge. If i say or do something stupid call me on it. My previous computers have all been pre-built machines which I have paid way to much for.

I am planing on putting together my first custom system. I have spent some time reading and have picked out components that I think will work well together.

My goal is to build a 64bit Windows 7 PC which will be able to handle any game I can throw at it at at least medium/high settings(obviously higher settings/high res is better). I will also be using it for 3D CAD and photo and HD video editing. I would like to be able to use multiple monitors comfortably (probably just 2). I want my computer to be fairly futureproof/upgradable. I would like to be able to do some overclocking. (I have a friend to help with this)

Here is what I have come up with. Most prices are from TigerDirect I realize that I may be able to find cheaper if I shop around a bit. (which I intend to do before buying anything)


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ965FBGMBOX - 3.40GHz,
Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail,
Processor with Fan


ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard - AMD 790FX, Socket AM3,
ATX, Audio, CrossFireX, PCI Express 2.0, Gigabit LAN,


Corsair Dominator 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
- PC10666, 1333MHz, 8192MB (4x2048MB)

Video Card

XFX HD577AZNFC Radeon HD 5770 Video Card -
1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready,
Dual DVI, Display Port,

Hard Drive

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB

Optical Drive

HP BD240I Blu Ray Combo Drive - Reads 8x BD, BD-ROM, BD-R/RE,
4x BD DL, Writes 16x DVD+/-R, 8x DVD+/-R DL, 8x DVDRW, 12x DVDRAM

Power Supply

Diablotek RPM series RPM900 900W ATX Power Supply
- ATX, 900-Watt, 135mm Fan


XION AXP Gaming Series AXP600 Classic Mid-Tower Case
- ATX, USB 2.0, eSATA, 11x drive bays, 2x 120 mm blue LED fan, Black


Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler
- 120mm Fan, Copper Cold Plate, Aluminum Radiator,
LGA775, LGA1366, LGA1156, AM2/AM3

Encore ENLWI-N wireless adaptor

4 x Yate Loon 120mm Fan, High Speed (D12SH-12)


So the question that I have are as follows. feel free to address all issues, only one, or anything in between.

1) Are there any compatibility problems?
2) Have I missed anything?
3) Could I do better in a similar price range?
4) Is this whole system overkill? Would a cheaper one do everything I want?
4) Is there anything I can change so that I can save some money without sacrificing much performance?
5)Is there anything I can change that will give me drastically better performance that does not cost much more?
6) Is my power supply overkill?..... Even if I want to add a second graphics card or HD later?
7) will my case fit all this?... Even if I want to add a second graphics card or HD later?
8)Anything else You want to tell me?

I realize that I have asked a lot... I would appreciate any and all advice you can offer me. Thank You
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  1. Sorry, Posted before I read the stickey...

    Approx purchase date: Now-three months from now. If there is something great which is about to be released I can wait a bit.

    Which I suppose brings up another question...9) Is such a devise about to be released

  2. Yes there is - come April 26th AMD would release their new wave of 800 mobos with native SATA 6GB/s so if u could wait pumping so much on a high end 700 chipset which would be obsolete in like 3 weeks not a good idea

    1. No need CF: 870 chipset
    2. 8x/8x with IGP back up : 890GX
    3. No CF with IGP backup: 880G
    4. Crazy @#! 3-4 way CF: 890FX
    5. Also on same day: PhenomII X6 Thuban out
  3. phenom x6 end of april
  4. Get a different power supply. Here's a link with some other suggestions.

    Also, you may want to research AM3 mobos that have SATA 6 GB/s and USB 3.0 as well. Doing so would put you at the top of the food chain.
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