First time builder needs help with performance/dollar

: is 900 to 1100 after tax and MIR (tax in texas is 8.25%)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: if it saves me money Im all for it
PARTS NEEDED: all internal components and case, I have mouse keyboard and monitor
USES: gaming at 1920x1080

AMD Phenom II x4 955-144.99

Cooler Master 212+ CPU cooler-24.99

SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870-239.99

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard-89.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600-44.99

Samsung Spinpoint 7200.12 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive-47.99

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R OEM-19.99

Cooler Master Elite 310 w/window-39.99

Antec Earthwatts 650-69.99

Win 7 Home 64 bit OEM-99.99

Total 888.43 USD
and a SSD upgrade in the future

So if you guys can give me suggestions on improvements that I can make to improve performance per dollar that would be awesome
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  1. thanks for the suggestions I was looking at that ram but thought that I could only handle 1333mhz

    as for the case, cooler, and hard drive I didn't know what to go with so if I found a deal that fit my needs I put it on the list.

    looks like you saved me 35 bucks I could afford a better PSU now if I wanted one :) thanks a bunch
  2. ^ The Antec EA 650 can power 2x HD 6870s(but you would need to use adapters)
  3. are you sure? I checked the newegg PSU calculator and it said "Our recommended PSU Wattage: 716W" how would a 650w PSU produce that much? the way i was thinking in the future I would consider Crossfire where would I find/which adapters would you recommend?
  4. The newegg PSU calculator gives a higher wattage than necessary gkay09 is right ea650 can power 2 6870s

    use the extreme calculator instead it is more accurate
  5. Ok that makes since, I had tried that calculator before but was unsure on which one was more reliable so I went with Neweggs since their's as you said gives a higher wattage.
  6. ^ TOMs has previously used the EA650 in one of their previous System Marathon Builds to power HD 4890s and it turned out pretty good without any issues, and the HD 4890s are in the same power league of the 6870s(these are actually a little lower)
  7. yeah ive already scrapped the Idea for putting more money towards a better PSU and Im going to put that money in my pocket
  8. Save the money and purchase an SSD in 6 months or so then the new generation will be out and I suspect them to be wicked fast
  9. right, I was thinking about buying one and anyone Im going to get is going to be faster than a spinpoint and it's a pretty easy upgrade.

    would you happen to know which way would be faster for games downloading the game Im playing on the SSD and windows on the 500gb drive or the other way around?
  10. get a 90+gb ssd and then download OS+Browser+favorite game or two on the SSD and everything else on the 500gb
  11. makes since thanks for the help
  12. OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE90G 2.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD

    OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT100G 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    285mb/s read 275 mb/s write on both

    these look pretty good to me what do you think
  13. This one but I would wait for the next gen to be released it isn't too far away an SSD is a pretty easy upgrade. ocz vertex 2 90gb 3.5'' 285mb/s read
    275mb/s write same as the agility 2

    benchmarks: Their pretty close but the vertex 2 slaughters the agility 2 in Desktop Iometer - 4KB Random Read I know these are the 100gb versions but the 90gb will perform in the same way
  14. Yeah I'll definately wait because a SSD would slaughter my budget which is looking pretty good right now but I wanted to see If what I was thinking about was anygood.
  15. Good Idea :D
  16. the way thanks for your time :) and it looks like I have all the answers I need!
  17. Make sure to select gkay09 as best answer he saved you a substantial amount of money
  18. -sorry newb question of the night.. how to select as best answer
  19. Oh... this is a discussion thread not a question thread... I'll contact gkay09 through tomshardware and thank them
  20. Oops I forgot too that this was a discussion thread sorry all of us make a noob mistake one time or another :p
  21. ^^ Got your doubts cleared ? That is all required,... ;) Glad I could help,... :)
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