*First Build* $1250 gaming/general use rig

first time posting on here been a lurker for some time now anyways here's my situation; I'm in need of a computer to do multiple things:
- gaming (CoD, Crysis, Wow, Aion, Etc.)
- photoshop
- video editing
- class work for college
- music
- extensive fraps use

currently on a computer that's way outdated can hardly run the internet (relic from 02) in need of a monitor also mine has a short in the vga cable(non replaceable) where if you walk too hard on the floor and it vibrates it goes all rainbow colored on me and i have to readjust the cable to see :fou: . anyways I've got 1250 right now to spend on a computer including all parts shipped to my door + OS (poor college kid).

I'd like to upgrade to crossfire in the next month or so near Christmas but i need a complete computer before then. i can deal with the monitor for now off a DVI adapter as I already have a replacement coming by December.

I've been reading up a lot but I'm still new at this. pretty excited as this will be my first build ever. :bounce: already have all the peripherals and a creative surround sound set up

Approximate Purchase Date : ASAP
Preferred Site For Parts : Newegg

so far i have the following parts going off what a friend has advised me to get but I'm open to suggestions/input

-MoBo : ASRock 890GX EXTREME4 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

-Gfx Card : XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

-CPU : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache

-PSU : CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

-Ram : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

-Cpu Cooler : Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler

-HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

-CD Drive : ASUS Black CDR - DVD+R

-Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-OS : Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM

Grand Total Shipped right now is $1202.64

I would like this computer to last me atleast 2-3 years and have the potential to be upgraded in the future. I plan to add more ram in December also would like to go with atleast 8gigs

Do you all think this is a decent build that I should go with or no, am i forgetting anything, and are all the parts compatible? Like I said I've never done this before so I'd like to get a second opinion before i go dumping all my cash into a build that won't work.

Thanks for your time any input is greatly appreciated
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  1. That seems reasonable overall, but I would make some minor changes.

    Antec TP-750 is a better, quieter PSU
    750TX was a great PSU buy two years ago, but no longer.

    Thermaltake SpinQ may look kinda cool but it's not a great performer.
    Here is a nice combo solution for you:

    Case and OS combo:
    HOWEVER you should be able to get a student edition of the OS for much less. Go to the college bookstore and ask, or look on line.

    Faster memory
  2. Cpu:AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

    Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829

    Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window

    Psu:XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  3. IMHO, an i7-870 build could be done within your budget, and it would outperform that build in everything but encryption and 3DS Max (compare them in the CPU charts).

  4. XFire 6850 can play crysis at 1920 x 1200 @ 60fps

    also make sure you choose THIS monitor instead of the one in the screen cap.
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