New $750 gaming build

Hello,

I am planning on building a new system in the next couple of weeks. I have put together a list of parts that I am planning on getting and would like some feedback about it. Mostly about compatibility and general build advice. Thank you.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks BUDGET RANGE: $750-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(Starcraft II, Boarderlands, WoW), surfing the internet, movies (via s-video to component to a HDTV)

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes/maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (I plan on getting another one eventually)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A friend of mine has a HD 4850 he is willing to give me, it's the exact same card as the one I plan on buying and less than a year old. I am planning on using it to CF with my new 4850. Is this a good plan?
I also want to RAID 0 the HD's.
Would I be able to run a 3 monitor set-up if I crossfire 2 4850's?

Here is a list of parts I am currently planning on getting:

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0 GHz AM3 Triple-core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435

GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125236

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (2 of these, RAID 0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

ASUS Black DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Last week this build went at $750 on newegg, it looks like it jumped a bit in the last couple days.

Thanks again everyone.
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  1. Thats a pretty good setup you picked there. One thing I would suggest is G.skill ram and also perhaps going for a 790 or 785 motherboard that supports USB 3.0 and DDR3. Also, try to go for a 5770 or 5850.
  2. Wait wait. I didnt read you have a free 4850 coming in. Stick with that for now. You can always upgrade later. I believe that 2 4850s would only run up to 2 monitors.

    Stick with the same brand and model 4850 to crossfire.
  3. antisyzygy said:
    Thats a pretty good setup you picked there. One thing I would suggest is G.skill ram.


    G.skill RAM such as this?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
  4. No this, cas7s. Yes it's worth the extra $10 bucks.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g.skill_ripjaws_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-303-_-Product

    And yeah free is free but the card seems to run hot so try to zip tie a fan right below the vid card.
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