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New build - some input on my hardware choices appreciated

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October 9, 2011 7:43:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: immediately
Budget Range: $800(ish)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: workhorse, entry-level gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I would like to use an AMD CPU & Asus mobo with a 21" LCD and mid-tower Lian Li aluminum case
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future?)
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I do lots of graphics editing with large files, minor sound/video editing and multiple/simultaneous 1500+ page PDF file browsing. I'm also looking into getting into some entry-level single-monitor gaming, though probably not too hard-core

I'm researching the pieces needed to assemble myself a new workhorse to replace my 5-year-old build. I've spent a great deal of time researching and reading here, and believe I've assembled a list of what I'll need to build something that will allow me to continue to upgrade as finances allow, but since I haven't been keeping up much on the latest technologies, so I'm hoping for some constructive advice.

Motherboard:
ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive (STORAGE):
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive (OS & PROGRAMS):
Seagate Barracuda ST3160316AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
hhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Vortex Plus RR-VTPS-28PK-R1 92mm Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 9, 2011 7:57:10 AM

This is better in everyway.

i5-2500k + mobo + psu + hdd + ram + case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$700

I know you said you had a case but since it was 5 years ago, it might not be as good as newer models. The case in the combo is a recommended buy and has the psu mount on the bottom. I know you wanted AMD but Bulldozers are not going to be better than i5-2500k from the leaked benchmarks and the price.

With this, you get the best CPU and great components for a cheaper than usual price. About $60 in savings.
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