New Build. Any one have any input?

Hey Guys,

I am looking to build myself 2 computers that would be capable of gaming ( i currently play Borderlands, Darksiders, Fallout 3, Metro 2033, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and some older ones) and i was just looking for some input on if this particular setup would work. I usually play at 1920x1080 or 1280x720. I'm not after being able to max everything out but 30+ fps would be nice in either of the resolutions i play in. I already have hard drives and optical drives as well as the OS ( Windows 7 pro ). Thanks for any input guys. I'm looking to order it all from Newegg in the next week or so. Here are the parts:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz

Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5

MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1600

Antec Earthwatts EA-650 GREEN 650W Power Supply

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Case ( i know this does not play a part but i put it anyway)

My budget is $500-600 for each computer. I also do some video encoding and school projects but this build will do those no problem. Any input is appreciated even if its suggesting different parts. I'm open for anything. Thanks in advance
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  1. At this point it is worth it to upgrade to an AM3+ mobo to provide an upgrade option for bulldozer down the line.

    do you have any interest in overclocking that 955?

    if yes, check mobo and think about new heatsink

    do you plan on putting in another card at some point?

    if yes, check mobo and PSU

    if no, invest in a 6850 or 6870

    you sould be able to make these changes within your budget.

    Here is an idea:

    Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
    Motherboard $105

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    3.5" Internal Hard Drive $50-70

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2
    Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $110

    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
    2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $175

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3
    SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC $90

    RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $30

    DVD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $20

    from here determine if you can go with a lower PSU as I am not sure and look into a inexpensive heat sink that will let you push your 955 just alittle

    this should put you somewhere close to $600
  2. You could upgrade to the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition for just a bit more. You can also downgrade the PSU to 600w or 650w. Should be good though.
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