My first custom PC, and my first post.

First of all its nice to meet you all, This is my first post and my first Rig. I just have a few questions about these parts and was wondering if you guys could be so kind as to answer them. Thanks! :bounce:

1. Will this rig play modern games such as Battlefield3, Or Deus Ex at 1440x900 Resolution at full settings.
2. Will all of these components fit comfortable in this case? (Raidmax Blade)
3. Are all of these components compatible with one another and the MoBo

CPU->AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Case->RAIDMAX Blade ATX-298WY Black / Yellow Computer Case With Side Panel Window
GPU->PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 AX6850 1GBD5-DH Video Card with Eyefinity
MoBo->GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H ATX AMD Motherboard
WiFi(Cant run cords through my house)->ENCORE ENEWI-2XN42 PCI Express Wireless N300 Adapter, 2dBi
PSU->COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W Power Supply
Memory ->Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Optical Drive->SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB
Hard Drive->Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

And of course Windows 7, Im looking for a place to get it that is cheaper that New Eggs $100, but if i cant im still fine.
Note: I plan to Crossfire later on.

I tried to organize this as best as i can so im looking for the questions i asked and any kind of suggestions or ratings.

Other than that even if you have nothing to say THANKS! for reading!
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  1. Yep it will but i would say change the PSU to 750 watts if you plan to crossfire and don't choose any coolermaster junk. They make great cases but not very much on the PSU.

    Get the samsung spinpoint for the hard drive, almost everyone in here recommends it.
  2. 650w psu is fine for dual 6850's, although l would look at another brand like Antec, XFX, Corsair, etc... a lot of times you can find combo deals with the Antec and Corsair psu's to save a few dollars.
  3. Any way someone could answer the three questions or tell me what kind of performance i could expect, and thanks for the feedback i will get a different brand PSU
    Edit: Im also open to suggestions that are 80 and below
  4. If you plan on running crossfire, look for a board with a minimum of 8x,8x pci-e slots. My suggestion would be this not only does it offer the 8x8x bandwith it is am3+. Meaning you can upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out.

    Like others said 650w(quality unit) is plenty for cf 6850's. Here is a good choice
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    save yourself a few bucks and get the 955BE, its the same processor just 200mhz lower in clock that is easy to obtain with a small overclock.

    955 + Hyper 212 cpu cooler @ >3.6ghz or a 965 + stock cooler @ 3.4ghz

    same price pretty much for both, with the 955 being better since higher clocks.

    You could go with the 955 without the hyper212, use that money towards a better gpu.

    Also you can go with the Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB 7200rpm 32mb cache HDD. Its just as fast and reliable as the Western Digital and isn't as expensive so that also saves you some money to spend on a better gpu.

    The caviar black is a commodity when the samsung spinpoint is just as great.. Sata III and HDD don't go together since HDD cant even use sata II to its full potential.

    Yes a sata II hdd will work on a sata III mobo. No there is no difference between a sata II hdd and a sata III hdd unless the rpm/cache/capacity are different.

    1. No one knows what will be required for BF3 yet but for your resolution I couldn't be sure. I would suggest getting the best video card you can.
    2. Yes they will fit in that case
    3. Only thing other than what I have already stated is to change the brand of your psu to a more trusted quality. Corsair, Antec, Seasonic are the ones I stick to. XFX has some good ones as well. See if you can find any reviews on the psu off google before you make your purchase so you know you are getting what you paid for. (If you are only spending $20 on a psu don't expect it to do more than make your psu fan turn on.)

    Im not quite sure how to overclock i know it involves using BIOS to increase the MHZ but i don't know much past that, i wouldnt feel comfortable doing it unless there was some guide i can follow or something. I will browse the site and see what i find.

    @Zooted, can anyone else vouch for the use of that MB?
  6. There are guide throughout the internet on overclocking that you may find useful. If you get the 955be (which I would recommend saving the money) You simply have to raise the multiplier one notch in the bios to achieve the same speeds as the 965. To overclock higher than a few hundred mhz may require fiddling with the voltage in order to increase stability, like I said the internet is filled with these guides with explanations.

    I do have have personal experience with that particular motherboard, however the 870 that this model replaces had great reviews. Asrock make quality products.
  7. Thanks bud, I will do that. Im a bit concerned that the MB you recommended has no on board graphics. Other than that why would you recommend it and can someone link me to a good power supply for around 80 bucks or lower? Im also a bit confused on why there is so much of a price difference on the caviar black and the Samsung spinpoint. The only difference i see is the Samsung is 32 MB cache and the Caviar is 64 MB cache, what difference does it make between the 32 and the 64MB? Cuz im all about saving money.
  8. Best answer selected by Japman.
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