Rate my $1200 AMD gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Early December 2010
Budget Range: $1100-$1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: heavy gaming, web browsing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: Using AMD over Intel because its cheaper, and Radeon over Nvidia
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Going to use for gaming - Crysis 2, diablo 3, starcraft 2, mass effect 2, elder scrolls. And I want a solid state drive for the important games and operating system along with a cheap regular hard drive with enough space to hold music, work, less important games

Case: Coolermaster Storm Scout - $80

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 - $160

GPU: Either Radeon 6870 or 5870, however most 6870's are currently sold out on newegg and most 5870's are out of my price range - need one around $240-$250

Motherboard: Asus M4A79 AMD mobo - $98

Power Supply: Corsair 750w - $95

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $50

HDD: Western Digital 160GB 7200 rpm hard drive - $38

SSD: A-Data 64GB Sata II internal solid state drive - $115

CD drive: LG DVD drive - $18

Monitor: Acer 21.5" Full HD - $120

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $85

CPU heatsink: $25

GRAND TOTAL - about $1160

Never built a desktop computer before or had a high end gaming PC. I'm trying to get the best price/performance balance to be able to run games now and into the future. Based on my own research I'm pretty certain on the quality of most of these parts. I'm unsure on the quality and value SSD and HDD, there's so many I don't know if there is a better value out there for each of those.

Is the Corsair 750w PSU capable of powering future Crossfire 6870's or 5870's?

Do I even need a CPU heatsink or is the one that comes with the CPU good enough?

I welcome any criticisms or iterations anyone can make on any of the components I have chosen. Thanks
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  1. Im new to building but I think that p supply is good.

    Not sure if I like the WD 160gb its kinda small. I picked this Samsung spinpoint 1tb up on the 22nd for $55 maybe you could wait for one to go on sale again or find something else.


    The HAF 932 is only $10 more after rebate if you want more room to work and can handle a bit bigger case other wise I think the scout good.
  2. I would Go with the x4 955 to sve ten dollars it really isnt worth it. just get the Black Edition so you can overclock. Get An Asrock 870 extreme 3 motherboard. Go for the samsung spinpoint f3 1 tb. Get a 6870 but buy it from Amazon.com if there are none on newegg. Also get the haf 932. and get the coolermaster hyper 212 for a cpu cooler. solid state drives also really do nothing for gaming except increase load times. i would wait a year or twou until they become more popular and cheaper.

  3. Bottom Half

    Faster Ram, Modular PSU, Mobo thats better for gaming, and a Better Monitor.
    all for a cheaper cost.

    also I chose the 6850 because because it can play The Original Crysis @ a resoulution of 1920 x 1200 on Enthusiast settings 4xAA at 25fps minimum.
    Its also $90 Cheaper than the cheapest 6870.
  4. I suggest going with an 955 instead of the 965. It's almost $20 cheaper and the 200MHz is negligible.

    You can even up the multiplier without any harm for it to equal the 965.
  5. thanks for the replies, although HeyImGodly I can only see the last two things on your cart picture.

    Also why are the Asrock 870 and M4A89 motherboards that have been mentioned better than what I have? What exactly separates them for being better for gaming?
  6. there two seperate screen shots.
    im on my laptop so snipping tool only does so much ^_^
  7. AH, the GPU woes. For about $40 more you can get an AMD 890 chipset board with onboard graphics, then take your time and get the GPU that you really want when it is back in stock.
  8. So is there a good chance the AMD 6870's will not be back in stock full force by December?
  9. Newegg always runs out/ restocks. Select an out-of-stock item that you want, then select "auto notify".
    I usually put my selections in a wish list and check daily for price and availability.
    There is never any way of knowing when an item will be back in stock. Newegg does have three large warehouses and are pretty good at restocking.
  10. Ok good I'm not going to order probably until mid-December, I'll wait and see
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