First Time Builder Needs Advice

Looking for some advice. I'm a first time builder and have a budget around $1600. Hows it looking? I know 16gigs of RAM is overkill, but I'm looking for something I won't have to replace in 2 years, or at least can avoid replacing for a while.

I didn't include any software because I can buy the OS through my college for like $50, but I would like to know if it is necessary that I buy a special version of it other than just the normal Win 7-64 bit.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP. Next couple of weeks for sure.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly Gaming (SC2, Diablo III, MW2, etc) , some other media (movies, music while playing games)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (Hannspree 25'' LCD atm), Speakers.



PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been looking mostly at AMD CPU & ATI Video Cards (I'm open to other options though). Definitely a mid-tower.

OVERCLOCKING: Not enough to hurt anything.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe a couple of years in. I don't think I'm ready yet.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200 if I can help it.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows are nice, but the more natural airflow the better. I don't want to have to spend $75 on aftermarket case fans.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX


SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

TWO OF THESE: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
$429.98 (16 GB of RAM Total)

Thermaltake Element G VL18501W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Gaming Case w/ 850W Modular Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support
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  2. I think your Build is good but i think a GTX 470 or GTX 460 SLI would be better than a 5850 but i guess im a Nvidia fanboy. But i dont think your Mother board supports SLI. And not see the point of having 16GB even if your going to keep it for 2 year+ i think 8GB is good enough. and spend more money on your motherboard rather than RAM
  3. Thanks for the feedback. What about something like:

    MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model

    Instead of the MOBO/ Memory that I have up there. I wasn't all that attached to the 16gigs of ram. just thought it was a bargain and it would be shiny
  4. The 9/9/9 1866 mhz RAM is overkill. Try overclocking your NB as far as you can with AMD as it takes 3200 mhz of NB to get 1600 mhz DDR3's full bandwidth.
  5. 1333 mhz @ 5/5/5 and NB overclocked to 2600mhz or more is best on AMD CPU's.
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