How does this build look?

Just curious as to how this build looks, i tried to keep the price as close to 1050$ after tax and rebates possible. This is more of a gaming rig than anything, just wanna make sure everything will be optimized and compatible with each other. Please offer suggestions if i did not optimize the best i could!

CASE: RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 DESKTOP MEMORY

GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD BURNER: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

POWER SUPPLY: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


I would appreciated if someone could take a look and see if im going wrong anywhere, im trying to keep the price around 1050, max 1100 after shipping and tax and rebates though. The parts i listed are the only ones that i need, i already have monitor and mouse and keyboard etc etc etc.

Thank you for your time :)
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  1. 1) for your harddrive grab the spinpoint f3 500gb or 1tb model instead. Theyre faster than the wd caviar blue/black.
    2) I'd stay away from off brand psus. Its not even 80+ certified. Heres a much better psu: corsair 650w
    3) Id drop the win7 pro to save some money for the win7 home edition. Its all the same except the pro version has xp mode. Theres really no point of it because you can just run programs in compatibility mode in the home premium edition, or just create your own xp mode though virtualbox/vmware.
    4)You dont need 8gb of ram for gaming, 4gb is plenty. Instead of getting 8gb get 4 but with better timing.
    5) if you plan on overclocking make sure you grab an aftermarket heat sink like the hyper 212+
    6) if you can try to get the 6870 as its faster than the 5850 and will scale much better in crossfire. If your planning on crossfiring later on and cant get the 6870 its better to have the 6850 even though its weaker than the 5850. Because 68xx series scales better, 2x6850 > 2x5850.

    Just some thoughts.
  2. The 970 is not even worth the cost, you should go down to a 955 and just get the Hyper 212+ to OC up to that stock clock, It'll save you some cash on a low budget. Like Bavman though those are most of my critiques. The F3 is a much better drive, but not by much. It's only faster than the WD Black SATA 3's though Bavman just to tell you. The F3 is slower than the SATA 6 WD Blacks. But even then the Blacks are overpriced compared to the F3's.

    Umm... Instead of that PSU I recommend the Cooler Master Silent Pro 600w or 700w. Mainly because it has the same 80+ as the Corsair, but it's modular. Since Modular is a real key to air flow control with cables.

    The 700w is the same price as the Corsair 650w btw. I have the CM model and it is fantastic, lives up to the Silent Pro too. Can't hear it in my system.

    The 5850 is no slouch, definitely if you want a single card and no CF. It's the way to go, rather than that model though I'd pick the Asus DirectCu model since it has unlocked voltages so you'll be able to OC the 5850 better. If you do OC it's a great idea btw. Like the 6850, the 5850 is a monster OCer. With unlocked voltages I was able to get the 5850 up to 1000/1300. Those clocks equal the 5870 in 3Dmark Vantage and in other benchmarks. So... defiantly the 5850 is a good choice for SINGLE card.
  3. Like anzshinobi said, make sure you get the ref design or one with unlocked voltage. I made the mistake of getting a xfx non-ref psb and it doesnt really overclock for sh*t. Mines ok at 775/1125 from 725/1000, im not sure if it even reached 800/1200 (been a while since i tried), but anything over that is definitely that start of random bsods.
  4. Don't get reference, not even if someone tells you that's reference design. There really are not a lot of reference designs left on the shelfs. Just get the DirectCu that's really the best voltage unlocked 5850.
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