$1000 everyday use HELP NEEDED!!

Hi Community,

I'm a first-time builder and I am in need of a new computer, as my Macbook is getting really old. After going through i7 builds and i5 builds, I have settled on this AMD 955 build for several reasons. The first and foremost reason being that it is just as powerful as my previous setup (i5 750) but it is about $100 cheaper. However, I don't want to be in a situation where I regret buying this because I could have spent a little bit more money to get a better component that would drastically improve performance for my needs. The only game I will be playing a lot is Starcraft II, which doesn't require an amazing GPU. PLEASE GO OVER THIS BUILD!!!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1000 USD Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: **MOST IMPORTANT** is just every day use, but the most intensive use will be for gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: HSF, (gonna get one if the stock one isn't adequate) keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whatever is the cheapest and most reliable






ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: should I get the 5770 or the 5850? is the aftermarket HSF any good for my build? (I will need it if the stock cooler sucks)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

GPU: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

MONITOR: ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers

WIRELESS CARD: EDIMAX EW-7128G IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, AES

SIDE FAN: Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

HEATSINK, IF NEEDED: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

I won't need an aftermarket heatsink unless the stock does not perform up to par.

***NOTE*** I appreciate all feedback, but if you are suggesting a switch of one particular component to another, please explain WHY, instead of just telling me that I should do it. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!! [:

FINAL PRICE (without aftermarket HSF): $1,033.86
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  1. actually I'm thinking of changing my heatsink.... any suggestions?
  2. Well, I've got changes to the entire build. Here's what I'd suggest:

    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $243 after rebate (with a free game)
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and OCZ StealthXStream 700W $305 after rebate
    HDD/Case: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and Antec 902 $129
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $987

    You don't really need a HSF until you start overclocking. A good one is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (check Amazon, as Newegg's price is insane).
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