First Gaming PC Build - For a noob

I want a gaming PC. These are the parts I've picked, which I got from a topic on this forum. I'm a huge noob to the technical side of PCs. I don't even know what overclocking is and I'm not sure what some of these parts do. If you could enlighten me and give me advice on the build it would make my day.

Budget: 600$-1200$ (Preferably on the cheap side, but I still want things to look good and run well)

Here's the build:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664FN1608

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

I want to be able to play everything pretty sufficiently. Specifically all Blizzard's stuff, all Valve's stuff and Civ 5.
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  1. You have left out a CPU. The rest of that hardware looks pretty good to me.

    Any of those CPUs will work in this system.

    Good luck :)
  2. So this set-up will be able to run the games I want without framerate drops and everything will look good? And will it be easy to put together?

    If so, I'll go ahead and buy them.
  3. You don't need 64 bit with 4 gigs but you will if you will ever go past that.

    Go with this power supply little bit more but you don't want to have a psu fail and fry you stuff.

    this ram has better timings for a dollar more
    G skill eco

    I would get a nvidia card for the phisyx support this one is 10 bucks more but comes with star craft 2
  4. I would stick with your 750w psu, it's a good brand and plenty of power.

    Change your ram to either the one Real has recommended or something similar.

    Pick the i5-750 for a CPU
  5. You don't need 64 bit with 4 gigs but you will if you will ever go past that.

    what are you talking about? yes you do. 32 bits doesn't fully utilize all 4 gigs. only like 3. and seeing that 32 bit and 64 bit cost the same money its better to have the ability to get more ram.
  6. Thanks for all the advice.

    I changed my ram to the recommended, now all that's left is to get the money.
  7. IMO that 470 would give you a much better game experience for the money.

    470 is within a percent or two of the 5870's performance, but for like 10$ more than a 5850. Only issue is power and heat. Still offers better price/performance assuming you only run it maxed a few hours a day and have non-expensive electricity.
  8. Well I won't be able to buy it before the SCII deal is up, so I won't get that.

    Is there anything special I would have to do to get it to work well that I wouldn't have to do with the 5850? I'm looking for the simplest process of putting this stuff together and maintaining it that I can get, because I'm an amateur with this stuff.
  9. OK, then how about a 470 that matches the 5850's price?|14-127-501^14-127-501-S01%2C14-500-157^14-500-157-TS

    MSI model is my choice for having all solid caps.

    Still offers better price/performance assuming your electricity is sub .2$/KWH and you don't max it 100% of the time folding or GPGPUing.

    Neither the 5850 or 470 would be any easier.
  10. Quote:
    Budget: 600$-1200$ (Preferably on the cheap side, but I still want things to look good and run well)

    Dipping even under the lowest point of that min range of your budget @ $563AR
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