~$800 from scratch for gaming

I am building a new system, and havent done so since the days of Athlon XP 2000+ so I'm sure that a lot has changed. Anyway I am looking to spend about $800-$850 bucks on a system including Windows(I'll buy a monitor later). Ive got my parts selected but now I'm looking on advice as to if I have too much money spent somewhere or not enough spent somewhere else.

Here is the rundown:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz $152 (I plan to try overclocking)

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB $180
VisionTek 900338 Radeon HD 6870 1GB $240


Power Supply:

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series $40

Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $130
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $80

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM $40

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100

Plus a generic keyboard and optical drive.

By my math that all comes out to about $801 but i have a little wiggle room which is what I wanted. So let me know what you think. I'll include a link to my wishlist on newegg so you can have quicker links to all the specs if you feel like digging a little. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=13991145

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Ok I did a little research and found that 6Gb of RAM is pretty worthless unless your Mobo has triple channel support, which the one i have selected does not. So im going to go with 4Gb for $80 and upgrade to a AMD Radeon 6870 for $240. Adds $10 to the price but thatll make me happy i think in the end.

    Anything else I'm missing?
  2. What do you plan do use the system for?
  3. Mostly Gaming. Some Internet and HTPC type stuff, streaming videos to TV and whatnot.
  4. What resolution?
  5. get a 6850 instead of the 6870 and just OC it

    also get a Hyper 212+ HSF if you wanna OC your CPU...with the money saved get a HAF 922 case for better airflow and more room for future crossfire.

    im not to sure about that PSU though.....
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  7. cjp3212006 said:
    What resolution?

    It will be 1900 X 1080 when i get the monitor later this month.

    I do need a cooler thank you for reminding me jason. Do you have a Power Supply you'd suggest for around the same price?
  8. I apologize i thought I had covered most of this stuff in the post but here goes:

    Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

    Budget Range: 800-850 usd Before rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, HTPC type stuff

    Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type AMD CPU but im open after that

    Overclocking: Yes / Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
  9. ok so get the 6850 instead of the 6870 and save $

    the 6850 is a BEAST overclocker and the 6870 doesnt OC well at all...without increasing my voltages on my XFX 6850 i have it running at over 6870 speeds. (950/1040)

    as for a PSU

    these are a tiny bit more expensive but they are 100x better and will crossfire for you in the future as well as save on your energy bill


    XFX 650w

    Otherwise your build looks good....i would probably recommend getting the HAF 912 or 922 case though
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