[NewBuild] Winter Build #1

Hi, I'm building my first PC by myself and wanted some feedback on my selections. Any help would be much appreciated as my level of tech experience, although higher than people I know, is relatively low.

Approximate Purchase Date: 12/8/10-12/12/10
Budget Range: <1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, University Activities: Homework, etc, Movies, Internet, others
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Hard Drive
Preferred Website: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, Radeon gfx, full tower case
Overclocking: I don't know how, but yes?
CrossfireX: Yes
Monitor Resolution: Dual Monitors 1440x 900 and 1024x 768
Additional Comments: I'd like it to be cost efficient, powerful, and relatively quiet. A Gamer's Dream.

Case: NXZT Phantom Black Full Tower 139.99 (19.99 Ship)

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 89.99 (Free Ship)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX 159.99 (Free Ship)

GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
164.99 ($20 Rebate) (Free Ship) x2

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
79.99 ($20 Rebate) 10% off with Coupon Code OCZDEC12 (Free Ship)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
119.99 (Free Ship)

TOTAL: 880.92

The case seems very pricey to me and I'm not sure on the motherboard's quality. I want to make sure everything would work together and that I have enough wattage though one calculator said I did. Did I forget anything important? Let me know what you think, thanks.
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    It looks a great rig;however,for your tasks 4GB RAM is fine,there is no need to get 8GB.
    Also go for Corsair TX650 instead
    As for VGA,instead of 2 5770s,go with one 6850/6870 instead.
  2. ^ +1

    Some suggestions -
    Mobo - The one you have chosen wont do proper x8x8 Crossfire(x16x4 so the 2nd card would run crippled at x4 speeds)
    X4 955 + Gigabyte 890GX
    Overclocking with the AMD Overdrive would be easy, but just make sure you understand what you are doing...

    RAM -
    Corsair 4GB DDR3
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCZNYV53, ends 12/13

    PSU -
    That OCZ 700W dint get much good reviews, so better to get a different one...
    Corsair 650TX -
    10% off w/ promo code DECR10, ends 12/13

    GPU -
    If planning to game with both the monitors, HD 6870
    Else HD 6850

    CASE with Free Ship @ amazon
  3. Hmm in reality
    HD 5850< HD 5770CF < HD 5870 so rather than $880 i would hit just the single beefy GPU set up?


    Usually i too would advocate HD 6850/6870 in view of HD6k superior CF scaling but if single GPU set up this was a nicely priced HD 5870 in a nice combo too hehe
  4. if you want to do crossfire, the AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 model has 8x/8x.

    $120 for a case is silly. Look at lower-end Coolermaster, NZXT, Antec, and Rosewill cases.
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