~$800-1000 Gaming Computer

Hey there, I've been browsing these forums for information and found many helpful guides and such, so I thought I'd post my (tentatively) final build and see what improvements can be made.

It will mostly be used for gaming/watching videos/other general use, but who knows what I'll need it for in the future. I've tried to leave room for future improvements such as Crossfire if they are needed.

I've never tried OC'ing before, but I may look into it a little. I'm kinda shaky on the PSU, as I don't know what wattage I'd need now or in the future, even with the calculators I've found online. Similarly, I need advice on cooling for the system.

The total cost, including keyboard/mouse/Windows 7, etc can't go too far over $1000.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ($119.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 ($89.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515 XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB ($174.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025 NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($59.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231440 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($104.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145368 HITACHI Deskstar H3IK10003272SP (0S02860) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s x2 in RAID 1 ($139.98)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148041 APEVIA JAVA ATX-JV650W 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply ($54.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009299 Acer P215HBbd Black 21.5" 1920x1080 (Not part of price; for reference)

Total: $745

This leaves room for the rest of the stuff I need. Any input would be wonderful. :)

[Edit] I forgot to mention that this will be my first time building a PC and my first PC gaming machine.
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  1. AMD is probably not the build you want to do now. Wait till Bulldozer if you want to stick with them.

    At your resolution I strongly recommend spending that extra bit to get a 6950 2GB. Should you be gaming of course.

    Check out my $1000 in my siggy. That'll be excellent for you.

    If you don't think you can stretch that much, take the $600 in my siggy. Change the i3 2100 to an i5 2500K that'll bring you up $100. Then change the motherboard to the MSI P67A-G43, that'll bring you up $40 to $740. Then change the 5850 to a 560 Ti Twin Frozr II I have in my recommended parts. That'll add $100 bringing you to $840. Then FINALLY, change the PSU to an Antec EA650 Green which would add $5. Totaling to $845. This'll leave room for overclocking and SLIing.
  2. Thanks. :) I don't really care about Intel or nvidia vs. AMD, I'm just trying to work with my budget. The system is just going to replace the very old hunk of junk I have now. I'm mainly gearing up for games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, so I can wait for a while seeing as both come out in November. I just wanted an idea of what I could do for the money.
  3. Yeah those'll be amazing I strongly suggest getting this 560 Ti
    Stock OC'd to match up to the 570, plus it has $20 MIR which the Newegg one doesn't have I don't believe.
    That'd be good for BC3.
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