Approximate Purchase Date: March 18th-20th (sometime next weekend)
Budget Range: $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, internet
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, DVD Burner (LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B) Monitor (pair of 24" Acer Widescreens)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU and RADEON Video card
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire, yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I think I've got the parts selected for building my first computer, however I wanted to run it through people here and get any opinions on things to change, add, remove, etc before I commit to it and order the parts.
Next, at that price range you should consider waiting a week or two and getting an Intel build. A P67 board and i5-2500 will not set you back much more and will be a much stronger processor going forward.
Was going through DirectCanada and for just not much more then my budget ($100 or so over, which not thrilled about but these things happen) I was able to build a bit nicer computer then through NewEgg. Just wanna get a compatabilty check on the parts and opinions and such before I pull the trigger.
If you are determined to go with AMD, you would do better to go with a 955 and bump the multiplier up yourself. The only difference between the two CPUs is where the multiplier has been preset as default.
As to the compatibility check, all the parts should be fine.
The PSU is just enough for the crossfire, as it will supply 46 amps of 12V power and you'll use most of that. CF 6870s need 25 amps (max draw, not typical draw) and the rest of your system will need 15 or so max.