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Advice on $1,000 build please

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October 29, 2011 10:19:16 PM

I am trying to build something that has lots of USB2+3.0 ports as well as SATAIII ports(ideally for future upgrades) since i have 7+ HDDs, I would like to store as many as posible without all the external docks I use currently. I have no preference in AMD or Intel, but AMD was much cheaper and read the parts are compatible longer so future upgrades can be less of a full overhaul, so I figured that was more $ to other components. I don't do any editing or multimedia production. it's mostly going to be used as a media center for internet, movie watching, and the occasional game of MW3 or Battlefield3 when I can get the time. I use my 60" hdtv as my primary monitor with no surround sound system. I wasnt planning on OC'ing, but am not opposed since I hear its easier now with chip/mobos & gpus being designed for it, so I would like to keep it as an option, as well as xfire or SLI in the future tho it's not too important at the moment.

I saw the thermaltake level 10gt snowleopard and fell in love, but $269 was crazy. newegg has the all black version for $199 which is still a lot for a case, but figured that with all the space everything I could posibly want to fit for years to come, also it has lots of fans with dust guards, and watercooling ports. I would be willing to get another case if it allowed me to hook up a bunch of HDDS I just havent found a case with all the HDD bays and half of the features yet, but this is why i come to you guys for help.I especially don't mind a cheaper case if an intel cpu/mobo is really worth $ for a noticeable difference until the ext gen of new cpus comes out.



Does this setup work? is there anything you recommend changing or adding?

Case - Thermaltake Level 10gt $199 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ $189 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955BE $119 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB $159 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Item=N82E16814121419

PSU - Not sure how to figure out how many watts is enough, was thinking 750w would be enough but no real idea.

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $55 after instant rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Sorry if I left any info out, I was trying to be thorough without rambling on, so I'm not sure if I missed anything or even if all these parts are totally compatible.
I want to thank anyone and everyone for taking any time out of their day to read and/or help me.

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