First time build w/ few last min questions

Hi I'm new to the forums but I've been reading them for about two weeks and I think I'm ready to order parts. Here's a list of what I got so far.. Please suggest if I should change anything. I'm only going to use this for gaming with gta iv, red dead redemption, and hopefully tes sky rim fully maxed out. 

Open to all suggestions. I'm mostly unsure about; (1)whether I should down grade CPU & mobo, (2)whether my psu is strong enough, (3)will everything connect, and (4)will I have to do a lot of updates if so (5)how big a pain will that be?

I don't plan on over clocking until I learn more, maybe in a year.
Money isn't a big issue.. Unless it's a waste issue..
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  1. Here's my soon to be rig:

    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GV-R587OC-1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    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

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
  2. Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $FREE w/ vid card

    Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps Download Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant/ Vista/ Win7

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" 2ms(GTG) Ring stand and Ergo-fit technology Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1

    Some of these deals end in 2 days
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    Very nice, although that is a SATA3 motherboard (6GB/s) and that Seagate internal drive is SATA2 (3GB/s). I don't think that works, I might be wrong however.

    Here's something you should know about RAM:
    Windows 7 32bit Maximum - 4GB
    Windows XP Maximum - 2GB
    Windows 7 64bit - 16GB
    So if you're going to buy 8GB of RAM, make sure you're running Win7 64bit!

    As for the Power Supply Unit (PSU);
    Good choice

    If money's no object, I suggest you buy a good GeForce card, or a 6-series Radeon
  4. Thx for the tip about win 7 I plan on using it but didn't know about that.

    I have to edit my list. I just got some parts from the store.. So instead of the giga 890fx $179 I got the msi 790fx $59!

    As for the vid card I think this is all the gpu I'll need for a year or two since I don't play much multiplayer, just the open world stuff.
  5. You can actually get the Radeon 6870 for cheaper here. It's $239.99 with a 20 main in rebate.
  6. Thx for the heads up on that! After doing some lite research I'm pretty comfy with the gigabyte 5870 tho and it comes with a $70 gift
  7. Everything looks good. SATA 3 is backwards compatible so your hard drive would work fine on your original motherboard. Personally I would go back to that if you can because you will get that feature as well as USB 3.0 which will soon be mainstream.
  8. Thanks the reassurance is invaluable right now! This mobo is too awesome and a deal.. I can upgrade in the future when the need arises.

    I ordered all the remaining parts.. So now I have 2 questions:

    (a) do I really REALLY need a aftermarket heat sink for my CPU?

    (b) what version of windows 7 64 bit do I purchase?

    Oh man I have to figure out how to assemble this now
  9. (a) no the stock is fine for only tiny overclocks and no overclock
    (b) home premium
  10. Thank goodness the hyper 212 is rather unwieldy.
  11. Best answer selected by Rhsnipes.
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