Advice on new mid-range build

Approximate Purchase Date: October

Budget Range: $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Video Card, PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD, Asus, ATX FF

Overclocking: Maybe but probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No, but with option to in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 native, may drop lower in games to go with maximum settings

I want to build this rig around the following items:

Asus CuCore EH5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 Watt CrossFire Ready PSU

Samsung Spinpoint FC HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM Sata Hard Drive

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

My gut reaction is to go with the following items to complete the system:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $70

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $101

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $166

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $97
Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $26

Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler $29

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $100

TOTAL: $588.64

Are there any apparent conflicts or problems with this build? I know most people recommend the 955 over the 965, but I would prefer the higher factory clock rather than relying on overclocking.

Perhaps some suggestions that wouldnt require the budget to go up by more than $100?
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  1. You would have to go up to $145 to get an ASUS motherboard that will let you crossfire two 5770s in the future, if you want that option.

    I would also consider getting a 120mm cooler, like the coolermaster hyper 212 plus ($30)
  2. Your motherboard has 2 PCI-E 2.0 slots, but the second only runs at x4. This won't be such a problem since you're going to xfire 5770, but you will see some performance hit. if you want, you could get an 890gx motherboard to get x8/x8 lanes, but that's up to you. You'll be spending another $30 or so, but definitely something to think of especially if you want to upgrade to more powerful gpus later.

    I was hesitant about getting the 955 and overclocking it to 965 as well, but I went with the 955, entered the bios, up'ed the multiplier by x1 and got it running at 965 levels. It's really really easy.

    Good choices on the psu and hhd, though I'm not sure you need that much power even with 2x5770. Couldn't hurt though.
  3. Thanks for the advice guys. I agree with your suggestions and have modified my build to include both the ASUS M4A89GTD and the Coolermaster Hyper 212. But as it seems to always do with builds, one upgrade makes you consider another. I could drop another$40ish and go to:

    ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

    As much as I feel dirty considering it, is it really worth going up to the Intel chip? Ive seen the charts and articles and it seems clear the Intel is the better pure performer. But how much of that boost is really noticeable?

    Thanks again.
  4. Thats the old sabretooth and doesnt have USB3/SATA3.

    In strategy games with lots of units and games that make good use of multiple cores like BFBC2 and GTA4 the intel CPUs do better. In MMOs, which tend to not use multiple cores well, you see less difference.
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