First time build -under $900-

Ok, I'm mostly looking for advice on what I picked out here, I've spent the last few days here and on newegg working all this out but I thought I would see what all the experts think.

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Graphics card:
SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


As I said before this is my first build so I don't really know that much about the hardware. If anyone sees any problems with what I have or things that I didn't add/forgot I would love to know. If something isn't on here you can assume I don't know that I need it.

My first post and I'm already doing

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: some time in the next month

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, homework

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (if there is a better place say so, I don't really know of any others)



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (probably not)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (for now)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
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  1. It looks like you have done some research, no real problems with the pieces you selected, but I might make a couple of changes.

    I would save a few bucks on the HD and go with the Spinpoint F3, no reason to pay more for SATA 6.0.

    The video card is massive overkill unless you have plans to get a much bigger monitor. 5770s offer DirectX11 and can be found for around $130. Plenty of power for that 4:3 monitor.

    You don't have an OS listed? I also would advise getting some thermal compound, but that is just my bias. I don't trust the stuff that comes on stock heatsinks.
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  3. Thank you for the input, I do have an unlimited supply of free old CRT monitors but I don't think I would spend the money to get the adapters and I have to pay for school books in a few weeks. The OS will a Ubuntu and Windows 7 dual boot. Thank you vary much for showing me that case after reading about it it looks great! I was wondering what is better about the GIGABYTE MB over the MSI one, just to understand the reasoning. Again thank you for your advice :)
  4. 1st the gigabyte is much higher quality and you can cf in the future
    2nd the hdd is faster and cheaper
    3rd the ps is modular and more efficient
    4th the ram should let you oc even farther
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