First Build in 7 Years .. Help!

Long time reader, first time poster.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, probably this week.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(SC2, Diablo III, others), Web, Light Media Editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse/Keyboard/OS/Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: Going AMD this round

OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080P (Higher later on perhaps)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hoping to stay around $1,000

This is what I have so far, the biggest question is mobo/ram functionality and power supply requirements for probable future crossfire configuration. I have an older hard drive that is PATA..will this work with the mobo selected? I'm fairly certain it will, but just want to make sure - it's a Western Digital 340GB 7200 rpm.

Lite-On DVD/CD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $23

Antec 900 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 $100

GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128441 $180

SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102881 $340

Arctic Silver 5 $10

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277 $107

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 $180

Everything to there is $940 w/o rebates and combos

I will purchase the power supply from Amazon, I have a $90 credit there.. I'm looking at:

Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001M3G42W/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $130

Lastly, I'm not sure what heat-sink would work the best, looking to spend ~$50 or less on one. Hyper 212+ or ??

Any help or suggestion is a greatly appreciated.
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  1. Couple of recommendations:
    1) Don't go with a PATA drive! Go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, which is well worth the $55

    2) You don't need a 850W PSU. You will be fine in a dual card setup with a 750TX.

    3) Drop down to the X4 955, as the X4 965 is basically an overclocked version of the X4 955

    4) As for a cooler, you can look at the Hyper 212+ from Amazon or pick up the Sunbeam CTTF from Newegg.
  2. tecmo34 said:
    Couple of recommendations:
    1) Don't go with a PATA drive! Go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, which is well worth the $55

    2) You don't need a 850W PSU. You will be fine in a dual card setup with a 750TX.

    3) Drop down to the X4 955, as the X4 965 is basically an overclocked version of the X4 955

    4) As for a cooler, you can look at the Hyper 212+ from Amazon or pick up the Sunbeam CTTF from Newegg.


    I second the motion! (Agree) :wahoo:
  3. Many Thanks! I've read about the 955 and overclocking, where will it end up stable 3.9-4.0Ghz? Also the ram wasn't listed as 'tested' with the mobo, it should work though right? With the smaller PSU I can spring for the F3 500 or 1T.
  4. the_bends said:
    Many Thanks! I've read about the 955 and overclocking, where will it end up stable 3.9-4.0Ghz? Also the ram wasn't listed as 'tested' with the mobo, it should work though right? With the smaller PSU I can spring for the F3 500 or 1T.

    If you know what you are doing, you should be able to get the X4 955 stable at 3.9-4.0Ghz range. I see no issues or reasons why the memory won't work with your motherboard.
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