First Gaming Rig - Any Advice or Suggestions

Hey everyone. So I'm just about ready to buy all the components for my new gaming pc. I don't really have a budget exactly but don't think I want to go any higher than what all this will cost (~$1,025). I think I've thought of everything that I'll need but since this will be my first build I wanted to get some feedback about my component selections.

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case ($70)

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz ($160)

Motherboard: Gigabyte ATX Motherboard GA-890GPA-UD3H ($135)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH ($60)

Power Supply: Corsair 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply ($110)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($27)

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card HD577AZNFC ($145)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive (WD1002FAEX) ($90)

Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) ($26)

Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black ($200)

- The G.SKILL memory I listed is actually out of stock so some backup recommendations would be really appreciated. I think I still want just 4GB of DDR3 1333 but I want to stick to a price range from about $50-70.

- I don't plan to do tons of gaming but do I want to able to play something like Crysis. Given that I'm planning on spending $200 on a new 1080p monitor, I'd like to play at reasonable frame rates, you know?

- I'm definitely going to do some overclocking with this system. I've never overclocked before but I figure this kind of system should allow me do at LEAST a moderate overclock. I'm thinking of trying to reach 4.0GHz maybe just for the heck of it.

- Lastly, I'm seriously considering using Ubuntu 10.10 for my OS. I love Windows 7 but I REALLY don't want to spend another hundred bucks if I don't have to. I don't want get into a huge discussion about Linux vs. Windows but I would like to know if I might run into some problems with the hardware I'm thinking of getting.

- So any advice or suggestions would be great. Once again this is my first build so giving explanations why I might want to get something different would be very helpful. Thank you :)
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  1. Full HD + Crysis your config is GPU lite so

    $735AR tower

    $140 Free Ship 23" LCD

    $875AR in total
  2. Ok, I've made a few computers in my day, so I'll give you some advice.
    1. Don't get that Phenom processor. Get the 3.1 Ghz one, and overclock it just as high as the 3.4Ghz one for less money.
    2. Try going for 6 or 8 gb of RAM so you won't have to worry about upgrading that for a few years. RAM is stupidly cheap now, so you might as well.
    3. Try looking around for a cheaper power supply. You don't need one that powerful for a single card, but if you're planning on upgrading to 2 cards later on, keep it. The next generation of graphics cards coming out soon will likely make buying a single, newer card more profitable.
    *I have 2 4870 1GB cards with a 650 watt power supply and 3 hard drives with an overclocked quad core Intel CPU without any power problems.*
    3. I have a 22 inch screen, and it's more than I really need. It has 1650-1080 resolution, and the graphics are fantastic. I wouldn't be any happier with a high resolution, and the framerates at this resolution are easy on my graphics cards.
    4. Don't expect too much game support for a Linux OS. Unless you just want to be a goodie goodie who "knows more than the normal pc user", just stick with windows.
    5. Just how often are you planning on using lightscribe? Think about it.

    The rest are all good choices. Remember to look at combo deals on newegg when you're looking. Good luck, and have fun. ...And be careful.
  3. Thank you for all the suggestions stingstang. I didn't mention this but I kinda want for this rig to be "future-resistant." I plan on getting quite a few more hard drives (maybe even a nice SSD), some more optical drives like a blu-ray player, and maybe some more ram if I feel I need it. That's why the extra large monitor, psu, and expansive case. I actually never use lightscribe but it seems like a good quality drive. But I do agree that I might not need such a big screen. I found a 21.5" monitor for $45 cheeper. Maybe that will be enough.
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  5. Thank you for all the recommendations. I was already thinking about upgrading from the 5770 to the 6870 graphics card, so this cinches the deal. I swear I've looked through all the BD players but I've never seen that before. I'm definitely thinking about it.
  6. well then happy shopping
  7. Thank you guys for all the tips and suggestions. I've decided to upgrade the graphics card to an XFX Radeon HD 6870 as well as changing the optical drive to an asus oem. Just for simplicity I'm keeping everything else the same though. I'm still on the fence about what size monitor I will get but it shouldn't be to hard. @malmental - I completely agree about the SSD. But I think I'm going to wait a little longer for those prices to drop. So once again thanks and wish me luck!
  8. Well the gain in gaming performance from HD 5770 - 6870 is huge so u on right track ^^ However $135 for an 8/8 CF mobo is pricey
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