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Revised First Build, Help please!!

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January 11, 2011 12:41:10 PM

Okay so here it is:

NZXT LEXS-001BK Lexa S Crafted Series Mid Tower PC Case - ATX, mATX, Baby AT, Black

ULT-LSP650 ::Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX - 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan

Lite-On IHAS22406 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, SATA, Lightscribe (OEM)

Hitachi OS00163 Deskstar IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

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

Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler - 120mm, LGA 1366, 1156, 775, AMD AM3, AM2+, AM2

Is all of this good to go? I know the PSU may suck, is there anything you can suggest in this price range that will efficiently and safely power all of this? Does everything else look okay? I've been at this for 4 days I hope I finally got it right.

Btw, used tigerdirect for most of these items. I live in TN and have to pay sales tax, so a relatively cheap alternative PSU that can be found on tigerdirect would be great.

Also, any Mobos on tigerdirect that are about the same price as the ASRock?

Thank you SO MUCH!

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January 11, 2011 4:30:46 PM

I really, really, really think you need to consider getting a better PSU. That is NOT the component you want to skimp on to save $20. If you are going to spend nearly $1000 on a new PC, it makes little sense to get a subpar PSU just to save a few bucks.

I would recommend this Corsair 650W TX for $80 after rebate:
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January 11, 2011 9:54:06 PM

If you're getting the 870 Extreme 3, I'd pay the extra $10 to get an HD 6850 instead of a GTX 460. Performance is similar but you're ready to do Crossfire in a few months
January 11, 2011 10:04:44 PM

Is ATI better suited on an AMD mobo or something? I just really liked the core and shader speeds on the 460 I linked. Does the 6850 have better specs? I compared a Sapphire 6850 and thought the GTX460 was the better.
January 11, 2011 10:09:31 PM

Also I need to make sure the power supply can power my card, is 6 pin and 6pin+2 different or could I connect them to my card?
January 11, 2011 10:24:45 PM

from the release article, the 6850 and the stock GTX 460 are pretty much neck and neck in actual performance.

and Yes, the AMD motherboards will do Crossfire with AMD cards, but won't do SLI with NVidia cards. No effect on a single card GPU, just multiple cards
January 18, 2011 11:13:33 PM

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