Sub $1000 gaming pc, first time builder, need the OK

I just made a newegg wishlist of parts for my dozer-ready, under $1000 dollar gaming build. This will be my first attempt at building a computer.

I really would appreciate if the community could look over and double check to make sure everything works together perfectly. (e.g. enough fan headers, psu works with components, enough dimensions to fit components etc...)

Also I was wondering if the ddr3 1866 ram I have selected will work at that speed with the phenom ii 955 out of the box... Thanks!

Here is the list of parts:

Mobo: Gigabyte 990fx ud3 am3+ motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514 $160

CPU: AMD Phenom ii X4 955 3.2 ghz quad core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 $120

RAM: Gskill sniper series 8gb (2x4gb) ddr3 1866 dual channel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460 $85

Video Card: amd radeon 6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521 $197

Case: NZXT Lexa S mid tower chassis: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146060 $80

PSU: OCZ 750watt modular power supply 80 plus certified: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018 $90

HDD: Seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm 32mb cache sata revision 3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 $60

Optical Drive: a cheapo ASUS dvd burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $20

Aftermarket CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $30

Wireless Card: Rosewill Pci express x1 b/g/n card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166063

TOTAL = $862

P.S. I know that the front esata port on the case wont work :P
P.P.S Sorry I didn't follow the forum format for threads :(

I really appreciate any feedback!!
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  1. There has been issues with 990FX boards and memory speeds so i would say it probably won't, but barring any major issues it should still work ok.

    Switch the HDD to Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB about the same price for speed and reliability ( 64.99 newegg, 60 amazon )

    Cool they actually got the 212+ price back down at newegg too.

    Switch the PSU, the PSU you listed is in practice an expensive 550W unit. If you take a look at the plate it only supplies 550W to the 12V rails.
    And while the OCZ Z series might be nice, this one really is not. Also as you seem to have room in your budget i would say that go for quality on the psu.
    750W is nice if you intend to Crossfire the 6870 at somepoint.

    Antec HCG-750W $94.99 ( $69.99 after rebate ) 80+ bronze
    PC power & cooling silencer mkII 750W $109.99 ( $89.99 after rebate )
    Corsair HX750 $149.99 ( $139.99 after rebate ) 80+ silver
    Seasonic X750 $159.99 80+ gold - one of the best if not the best 750W PSU out there

    There has been nice deals on the 750 psu's lately, x750 was for 129 a while back, i've seen hx750 go for 129.99 ( 109.99 after rebates ). So keep an eye out for deals on those models. The Antec does have a nice rebate deal right now.
  2. ok thanks I will look at those power supplies, because I do plan on xfire two 6870's later on...
  3. one thing that is very important to me also though is that the psu is modular
  4. Why don't you go with i-5 2500k instead? Also 1600 RAM will be enough. And get a good PSU it's important to get good power source especially if you plan to overclock.
  5. Yes that is a good psu.
  6. ok thanks ima go with that one then!
  7. How about this?

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    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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    MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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    Base Price: $920.40
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    ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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