New to building a gaming PC. Edit: Now just need to know if it'll run.

Hey all,

I'm looking to build a PC within the next couple of months and might just bite the bullet today if I feel like it. But being new to this whole way of things has left me fairly confused on what'll work and what I might be missing. So here goes:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 months, probably this week.
Budget Range: No more than <$800.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet activities, CPU intensive tasks until school ends in May
Parts Not Required: Only need the case and everything inside, have all the peripherals.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Willing to look towards other sites for lower prices)
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: No real preference. Just always heard AMD/ATI offered more bang for the buck.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: None

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Don't normally like to bump messages, but it's now looking like I'll be placing the order for everything tonight and just want to make sure now that everything will play together nicely.

    I've added on my list: thermal paste, 2x SATA cables, and a cheap ASUS CD/DVD reader/writer.

    Also, I found the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 (link below) for the same price and am now going with that.

    If I'm missing anything else necessary for a "successful" build please say so, would like to avoid having to buy things in multiple orders or trips to the store.

    TL;DR - Will the setup I've got above run?
  2. I'm also pretty new to this forum but I might suggest you have an SSD hard drive as well as the mechanical hard drive, that way you can have an extremely fast draw from the SSD for gaming and such. Just my thoughts.
  3. Good choices. You should be able to go crossfire with a second 6870 if you upgrade to a 1080p monitor eventually.
    Just a comment on the hard disk: for only $5 more you could get a 1TB Spinpoint F3.
    Xomoc, with current prices I don't think a SSD is a good idea for a sub $1000 build. You'd have to make to much compromises.

  4. Best answer
    5870 > 6870 and it is cheaper atm with a good rebate, only $170 for a 5870 at newegg

    You really should OC that CPU. Not a crazy OC but at least a few hundred Mhz would be perfectly safe. Gl.

    Edit: Yes that system will work fine.
  5. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the replies. Got everything picked out, now it's just a matter of waiting until I get all settled in at my new apartment and job before making the purchase. Unfortunately something came up so I couldn't place the order last night and it might now be back to the original plan of in a couple months. So you'll most likely see me around here again with an updated parts list if it does take that long...
  6. Best answer selected by nukee.
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