$900 budget Gaming build! Please help me finish the build!

the budget is $900 so an i7 is out of the question

i have choose to go with 955 build.

heres the parts i have picked out. but i am quite unsure which ram kit to get, also at a loss for video cards as well. This pc will be used for gaming majority of time, along with some video editing, i hope it will last for the next 4 or 5 years w/o upgrade.

GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Subtotal $470

so i have another 400 to spend on gfx card, ram, case and psu.

looks like it will not be enuf, so i plan to find 2nd hard parts for psu, gfx card and ram.

but for now, please critique my build so far and help me pick a ram.

also, prolly wont be doing much

Thank you!!
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  1. What resolution monitor will you be using?
  2. ^

    I'm not so sure I like that choice of HSF mate.
  3. Fill out the form, link in my sig.

    Specifically, any plans for Overclocking? SLI/xfire?

    Also resolution as asked already.

    Do you need an OS?

    A gaming build would be

    Optical $20

    Spinpoint F3 $55

    GA-UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR

    G Skill Eco DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $115

    Antec 300 illusion and Antec 550W $120 w/ $20 MIR

    Phenom II X4 955 and 5850 $450

    Total: $899.92 before $35 MIR and shipping
  4. It might not be the 'best' but its a good cooler and its one of the one recommended in the Recommended Builds by Usage sticky
  5. most like ly 1920x1080 as my monitor, around 24 inch

    not much ocing, prolly not much xfire/sli either.

    but usb3 is important for this build.

    also, no need for OS, have an oem copy of win 7 pro

    i found a zalman9700LED for $20 off a hardware forum, sales pending
  6. @ 1920x1080 a HD 5770 will be a good choice.
    The HD 5850 would be a nice upgrade, especially if you're not considering a Crossfire HD 5770 in the future.

    If you can cancel that Zalman 9700LED purchase - go ahead and do so.
    It's not that great an improvement over the stock AMD cooler. FrostyTech showed these cooling (rise above ambient temp) and noise level measurements (dba):
    Zalman CNPS9700 LED 16.5 degrees 56.5 dba
    AVC Z7U7414001 17.0 degrees 63.0 dba
  7. ok for now ill stick with the stock hsf.

    I am also in Canada , so it would be newegg.ca

    also if i keep the mobo i picked, can I still make a good build or is it gonna make me go over budget? what ram would i get for that?

    any other alternative descent mobo with full usb3 ?
  8. Nearly all the US parts are in the CA version of NewEgg.
    Just search on the Part Number to find it in CA. Examples:
    ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
    part number: N82E16813131651 $100 US - $108 CAD

    G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    part number: N82E16820231303 $115 US - $122.50 CAD

    It's up to you to add it up and figure where you stand on your budget.
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