im also getting some thermal compound and anti static stuff to build it, but am i missing anything and does everything connect well? thanks, this will be my first attempt at building hope it goes well.
any advice or suggestions to change components are welcome
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Lose the RAM. Its expensive and you don't need 8GB of it. Mushkin is a good name and you should stick with the brand. You just don't need Redline 8GB. To be honest, nobody needs Redline. Its just a prestige but if thats what you're going for grab Redline 4GB, I did.
Use the money you saved from the RAM to get a better PSU. Antec makes quality PSU's at an affordable price. So does Corsair and OCZ. You can probably find a reasonable modular PSU from OCZ and Coolermaster, which is also getting a name for itself in PSUs
Do you really need the card reader? Its extra $$$ that would be better off elsewhere like graphics. Do you really need that fan controller? It seems your case has a door on it so its pretty pointless to have such a flashy fan controller. Some cases have fan controllers already installed. Antec has quite a few that have that feature but if you really like the case stick with it.
6850 is nice but for $20 you can grab a 6870 or GTX460. Both would be better choices. If you decide the GTX460, go for an OCed one as that's where they really shine.
Other than that your build looks pretty good. If you can expand your budget I would strongly suggest an 1155 Intel platform. It will cost you an extra $100 but it would be worth it.
with the amount of money your gonna be putting down on this rig i woudl suggest you go the i5-2500k route its a lot better and with the extra money you said u can spend it should be well withing ur price range.
belive me u overclock a 2500k and its gonna crap on that phenom.
I'm comfortable with anything in budget but just getting a second gpu unit later sounds better than all-at-once. I'm looking deeper into intel builds since u and others keep suggesting them. Thanks for the help
@p07: thnx for ur suggestions also, I appreciate them very much