Need some help

Hello, I am starting a new build in two weeks and would like some advice on the hard ware i just purchased this week, and the proper steps to complete a clean install for components and OS. Here is what i have now and on the way.


AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOXModel #:FD8120FRGUBOXItem #:N82E16819103961
BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOSModel #:TA990FXEItem #:N82E16813138341
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZLModel #:F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZLItem #:N82E16820231499
Thermaltake CLP0554 80mm Sleeve CPU CoolerModel #:CLP0554Item #:N82E16835106142
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming 80Plus Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD PhenomModel #:OCZ750FTYItem #:N82E16817341041
Scythe Kaze Master Pro 5.25 Fan ControllerModel #:KM03-BKItem #:N82E16811998077

Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)Model #:PX-128M3Item #:N82E16820249014

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseModel #:SGC-2000-KKN1-GPItem #:N82E16811119196

I also have 2 XFX ati radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 to run in crossfire and adding 2 more Coolmaster 120MM red LED fans on case door. I haven't decided on a dvd or blueray drive yet, and am leaning towards a 24" or 27" LED 1920x1080 monitor, and because my funds will be running out after all this, need some advice on a hdd 750gb or 1tb.

All advice and input will be much appreciated.
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  1. OS will be windows 7 pro 64-bit
  2. I am partial to Samsung drives for conventional HDD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
  3. Can you post links to the products vs their #'s (I don't want to look all those up).
  4. Okay that looks like a good solid build, but you don't need that much memory, 8GB is more than enough and can be had for $50.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

    Get a good cooler master CPU cooler for less that is better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055

    The GPU is lacking but I assume you will upgrade that later after the full 7xxx series is released (78xx comes out 19th) and Kelper is released (first comes 23rd).

    For the Hard Drive I would get one of these, personally I would get the 1TB WD caviar black (because I prefer WD) but the Segate is a great deal.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/internal-hard-drive/#t=7200&i=25&f=2&s=750000,1000000

    You must know that the i5 greatly outperforms (occasionally matching) the new AMD processors and if you can do switch to one of the intels.

    Besides that it looks good.
  5. The system will be used for 3d rendering and a lot of gamming, thats why I tought about the 16gb of ram, but that still might be overkill? and I know the GPU is outdated, but have 2 to use for now which should be an improvement in crossfire verses just 1 from my old build. This is the first time using AMD CPU, thaught to give them a try for the price. I hope it dosn't dissapoint me LOL. Thank you for the advice Andrew.
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