New system build need help with finalizing the parts

HI i'm making a new computer build and I need some steps on finalizing the final components and I have come to stump and not sure what to choose at this point for the harddrive, cd/dvd burner, power supply and cpu fan. I using the following website to make all my purchases:

I am hoping someone can help me with choosing the following components from the website:

1) Hard-Drive
2) Power supply
3) CD/DVD burber
4) Heatsink CPU fan

Below is the list of what I have chosen so far:


CPU - AMD PHENOM II 965 $174.99

Motheboard - Asus Crosshair IV Formula Socket AM3 AMD 890FX $244.99

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH) $132.99

Graphics Card - ATI 5870 graphics card $424.99

CASE - Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Gaming Case (RC-942-KKN1) $169.99

Below is a template of what I intend the system to do:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Wish to build and assemble within 1 month after proper research has been done & recommendations have been given.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 to $2000 - Would like to keep this in the $1500 dollar range with taxes if possible but can stretch to $2000 or even a bit more ($1700 to $2000) if it makes sense to spend more on a part or component. Example why purchase a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (125W) Quad Core Socket AM3, 3.2GHz, 8Mb Cache, 1800MHz HT, 45nm for $159.99 when you can get a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (125W) Quad Core Socket AM3, 3.4GHz, 8Mb Cache, 1800MHz HT, 45nm for $179.99 and get an extra 200Mhz of processing speed.


This is what I would like to do on this system

Single Bootable System (Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition or Windows 7 Professional Edition)
Duel Bootable System (Windows 98 & Windows XP Professional) - Not even sure if this is possible on a 64 bit chip
Duel Bootable System (Linux Fedora & Windows XP Professional)
Duel Bootable System (Linux Fedora & Windows 7) - Considering buying Windows 7 at this time as Market seems to be changing
Internet Explorer Browsing
High End Graphic PC Gaming
Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Access, Excel
Outlook Express Email
Regular Email (Example: google, yahoo, etc)
Downloading/Uploading Streaming Video

Music Player
Computer Programming (Visual Basic, C++, Java, Perl, HTML/XHTML)
Viewing youtube videos
Flash player capable
MSN/AOL Messenger
Games to be played on System: Counterstrike 1.5, Counterstrike Source, Bad Company 2, Any high graphic end first person shooter game that
comes out later in future. Would like to make certain that this system will be able to play any future games.
Antivirus/Firewall Capable (Use to use Nortons, It was a bottle neck on the system I have. Had to remove it)
Server Capabities (Later on would like to use this a server for home network or set up as a counterstrike server room for friends for online


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker, Operating System (Win 98, XP, Fedora)


Graphics Card
Sound Card (Not sure if i need one)
IDE Hard Drive
Power Supply
Computer Case & Fans
Heat Sink
DVD/CD Burner
Floppy Disk (If possible - Yes I know its not used anymore but would hope for it)
Cables to connect all parts together? I hear usually nowadays this all comes with the parts you buy.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: - Or any other website that has good prices to order from for Canadian dollar.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada, Ontario



SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes if it would help save money or improve performance.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using a SyncMaster 931w with 2000:1 Dynamic contrast. Using windows XP Pro with the following settings at 1152 x 864


Computer needs to be able to do multi-tasking with multiple windows open without freezing or clogging.
Ablility to ALT TAB out quickly launch or access programs
Ability to quickly use Fast User Switching Mode on Windows XP
Computer Fans Need to be quiet (Friend has a computer and sounds like a vacuum cleaner/airplane combo when turned on - don't need this)
Low to moderate power consumption if possible
Something that will suit my needs and will continue on in future for quite sometime.
Any addition items that would prove to be useful please list them that should be considering when making a computer.
Ability to easily upgrade or replace parts as newer components hit the marketplace.
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  1. If you're planning on overclocking, you should go with the 955 and save yourself some money. The 965 is just a 955 with the clock multiplier bumped up by one or two. The Black Edition processors have an unlocked multiplier, so you can (and should) do this yourself if you're overclocking.

    The Crosshair is a lot of motherboard; you could probably save yourself a bit of money by going with something like the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 if you really want an 890FX chipset. However, those don't offer much benefit over the older 790FX or even the 870 chipset. You could try this, this, or even this and save a ton more. All of these motherboards have SATA III and USB 3.0 support (except for the older Crosshair) as well as the option to Crossfire your graphics in the future.

    I'd go with these for RAM. Same latency and manufacturer, but lower voltage and much less expensive. I actually couldn't find the RAM you listed.

    The GPU selection looks good, though you could consider going with any of the other manufacturers (HIS, Sapphire, or XFX) for lower cost. Personally, I'd stick with the Asus or get the XFX.

    Case looks good.

    Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB since they don't have the Samsung Spinpoint.

    PSU: Corsair HX750

    DVD Drive: whatever's cheapest. This doesn't really matter all that much; I guess look for Lightscribe support, but that's all I can think of.

    CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen or Cooler Master Hyper 212
  2. AMD Phenom II X4 965 -$170.29

    ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 DDR3 ATX AMD 890FX-$229.79


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 -$59.99

    Psu might not like how it looks but it's everybit as good as the HX750 and cheaper.Btw i own the HX750
    XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular -$117.37

    LG GH22LP20 Black 22X IDE Lightscribe DVDRW OEM-$23.62

    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus -$24.12

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM-$93.79

    Go to and pricematch everything.
    Shipping will be reasonable since Ncix now has an Ontario warehouse and two store locations.
    It's entirely up to you i built my last two rigs from selecting the best prices and components from all over Canada and pricematching at Ncix. links have to be right click open a few times and they'll work.
    I would buy the mobo,psu,and ram there for sure since the mobo has free shipping and the ram and psu are cheap.Plus everything i've ordered from Newegg arrived the next day.Btw i live in Ontario.

    Some components were bought at Canada Computers simply because it's a local store( for example my case because they weigh alot and avoided shipping charges)
    And i bought my cpu there thank god because it turned out defective.(i7 defective memory controller) too easy to walk in and get replacement.
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