1st custom build

Hello,
I'm wanting to build my first custom pc and I wanted to ask for opinions. I'm fairly new to computers and after doing a little searching, this my current parts list. Let me know if this setup is good for a first time build.

Motherboard - AMD 890 ATX
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black
Case - AeroCool ZeroDegree
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Power Supply - Enermax NAXN 82+
OS - Windows 7
Hard Drive - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Optical Drive - LG GH24NS50
Monitor - Asus VH242 HD
Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 6850(x2)
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  1. I would replace the AMD Phenom with something like an i3-2120 or similar.
    Why two 6850 cards? Why not a better single card?
  2. What's the watts of the power supply? You need a good one if your going to run two 6850 video cards. If the computer is for gaming then you should consider going with Intel as they are a lot better at gaming than AMD. The chart below will give you an idea of where cpu's fall in the ranking's.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
  3. Enermax is not so good for PSUs. For two 6850s, get a XFX 550W PSU.
  4. A single 6850 requires a 500w psu to be in the computer so it would mean that for two 6850's I would get at least a 650w psu. For the price of the two 6850's you can get a GTX 670 which will give you the same performance but with a single card and you would then have the option of adding a second 670 later on.
  5. What's your budget and Monitor Rez ?
  6. I chose two because I thought two would be better than one. I would choose only one video card if it would run the games smoothly. My budget is about $1000. The PSU is 750W. Screen resolutionN is 1920x1080.
  7. You live by a micro center ?
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  9. I used to live near one when I lived in Houston, but since I moved out of state, there isn't one within acceptable driving distance.
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