First Post and First Computer Build

Hello everyone, just registered since this is nearly undisputed top place for the help and discussions I'm looking for. I'm going to be building my first computer, I've seen the newegg official video of how-to, and will rewatch it as I build my rig. This is it here:

I'm just wondering if there's anything like major flaws with compatibility, any suggestions or substitutions, and if anyone has had good results with something similar. I am doing this to go from PS3 to PC gaming, since I really do enjoy the games I can run now. I can't really run them well, but a mouse for aiming and such feels SO right. As such, I'll need something to run games like: TF2, L4D2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CS, GTA IV, and Crysis; and to be able to run some current and future games like: Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3, etc. I doubt with these I'll be able to run to-be-released games and BF3 like I want to, so ANY sort of suggestions are encouraged. I don't really have a budget, but I'd really like to keep it under $1,000. I only have $350 now, and it will take a while to get the rest. I'll likely order these all from newegg, but if someone can find a lower price on another site I'd like to know about it.
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  1. Thanks for the reply, but. . . neither of those are cheaper.
  2. After Rebate.
  3. Your parts are compatible and you have what it take to finish a complete system.
    The case you've chosen is too large a part of your total budget to be in balance, IMO.
    A good $50 gives you the same gaming performance as a $90 case.

    That gives you $40 to add to your graphics card budget which is where it can make the most difference.
  4. CM Elite 430 RC-430 $50 before $10 rebate
    and a rear exhaust case fan: XIGMATEK eXTREME SILENT Series XSF-F1252 120mm Case Fan $8

    After all rebates - it's more like $27 extra for your video card.
  5. Thanks WR2, I got the full because a PC-knowledgeable friend said to go full over mid, but I'll look into a smaller one. I thought it was a good price, it's way less than other full sizes I've seen.

    Another question to anyone reading this thread: I'm considering going with a FX-6100 Zambezi over the Phenom II. I've seen several comparisons but some say one's faster, some say the other is. I I won't be doing much on this new comp. besides gaming, misc. software and obviously internet browsing. I want whichever is fastest and best for games, and which is better to overclock because there's no doubt I'm doing that.
  6. Nevermind, people. I've done a little more digging and I think the Phenom II Black is easier to overclock and general run games, so I'll stick with that unless anyone explicitly states otherwise.
  7. A micro-ATX board in a full tower system is a bit of a mis-match.

    We tend to think of the FX-6100 Zambezi as a 3 core CPU based on it's performance.
    And we like Phenom II X4 965 a lot better in gaming builds.
  8. Thanks for the reassurement, and I am going with the fan and mid-case.
  9. And a HD 6870?

    What monitor resolution do you think you'll be using?
  10. Ideally, I'll be playing 1600x900 on a 20"
  11. You should be fine with the HD 6850, I think.
  12. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  13. Thanks again to everyone here, really has helped me, but I need one more thing (for now). My motherboard's video port is d-sub. My monitor's input as well as one of my graphics card's output is dvi-d. Will I need d-sub connectors, or will I only need to connect my graphics card to my monitor? to work right?
  14. To anyone else who reads this, I have updated my list:

    All I have a question about is to use the 200m fan for intake or outtake. I have selected a standard 120mm fan along with one included with the case for the opposite end of the 200mm fan. I can also buy another 120mm if necessary.
  15. No more people posting here makes me sad :/

    Anyways, I just had to share this.

    I wonder what's the catch. This CANT be real.

    EDIT: done more digging. Professional reviews claim the 7770 is better, but all users say the 6870 is better. Still think it may be worth if for the price though. As yet another cry for help, I'm also open to NVIDIA cards.
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