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July 21, 2011 8:01:29 PM

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: $160

CPU: AMD Phenom ii X4 955 3.2 ghz quad core: $120

RAM: Gskill sniper series 8gb (2x4gb) ddr3 1866 dual channel: $85

Video Card: amd radeon 6870: $197

Case: NZXT Lexa S mid tower chassis: $80

PSU: OCZ 750watt modular power supply 80 plus certified: $90

HDD: Seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm 32mb cache sata revision 3: $60

Optical Drive: a cheapo ASUS dvd burner: $20

Aftermarket CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212: $30

Wireless Card: Rosewill Pci express x1 b/g/n card:

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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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2011 8:49:35 PM

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.
July 21, 2011 8:55:54 PM

ok thanks I will look at those power supplies, because I do plan on xfire two 6870's later on...
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July 21, 2011 9:06:46 PM

one thing that is very important to me also though is that the psu is modular
July 21, 2011 9:18:28 PM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2011 9:38:06 PM

Yes that is a good psu.
July 21, 2011 10:48:24 PM

ok thanks ima go with that one then!
July 22, 2011 1:34:47 AM

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