Building a new gaming PC

Hi everyone, I'm putting together a gaming PC for the first time and I've selected a tentative list of components. I would like some feedback to see if there would be any concerns with this system, or if there are any potential alternatives that would perform better without costing too much more.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

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

Video Card: XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
(Just one for now, I want to upgrade to 2 eventually)

Case: Pixxo CG-8402 Black SECC 0.6mm ATX Mid Tower Computer Gaming Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Hard Drive: Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: LG Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS50

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

Let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.
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  1. get this HDD instead:

    with the promo code, it is $54.99 right now, for a faster 1 TB instead of the green 500GB drive.

    the green drive is not designed to be your main drive, as it has built in power saving items that power it down as often as possible, resulting in delays in loading as it spins back up. its fine as a data drive, but you want something else as a boot/main drive.
  2. Or keep that drive and get an SSD for your boot.
  3. Lose the RAM, I'd say. This one's a bit faster for not much more - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB).

    The rest of the specs looks pretty alright to me with the Samsung HDD, or if you can afford it, an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD.

    Btw, I do not see a HSF. Are you planning to keep everything on stock?
  4. I hadn't really considered a heat sink. I was hoping the case would be sufficient since it has 3 120mm fans and room for more. Do you think a heat sink is necessary, and what would you recommend?
  5. the heat sink is only necessary if you plan to overclock. The stock fan is fine for stock usage. Indeed it'll let you push the multiplier up to a 965 speed of 3.4 GHz just fine, maybe even the 970's 3.5 GHz. As long as you don't hav eto up the voltage, the stock AMD cooler can cool just fine.

    As soon as you up voltages, though, you'll need a real cooler

    The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is a stock recommendation, I also like the slightly less expensive Kingwin XT-1264.
  6. As I said, as long as you plan on running your CPU on stock clock, an aftermarket cooler wont be needed. But if you plan on OC'ing your system by anything more than 20 odd percent maybe (read - closer to 3.8 Ghz) then the Hyper 212+ will be a good choice.
  7. I'm not planning on overclocking. I've never attempted it before and it seems as if the risks out-weigh the rewards. I appreciate every one's suggestions, I believe I will make those changes to the hardware.
    My concerns at this point include the motherboard. Is it a decent choice? Will I have any issues with it if I upgrade other components in the future?
    Also, with the specs as they are now, does anyone see an issue when I do decide to add the second graphics card?
  8. The 870 chipset is a fairly high-end AMD chipset, & you really shouldn't worry too much 'bout it.

    It supports USB 3.0, Sata 3.0 & 16/4 Xfire (not 16/8). But do you really need to Xfire a 5850? If you do, look at something that supports at least 16/8, otherwise, it's a crying shame to waste a 5850 with so little allocated bandwith.
  9. Thanks for catching that! I think I may consider
    Its only a few bucks more, so not bad.
  10. Sorry ShadowRain, but that Mobo does CrossFire at X8 / X8 . If you need a future ready (USB 3.0, Sata 6GB/s) 16/8 Xfire Mobo, look at the $105 GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3

    Doesn't support DDR3 1600 outtta the box, eSATA 3.0, or 16/16 Xfire. For that, you need something a whole lot more expensive. (Think 150+)
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