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Parts I have already ordered:

Case- Raidmax Sagitta 2
PSU- APower 750W Sata ATX
Mobo- ASUS M4A79T Deluxe 790FX
CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
CPU Cooler- Zalman CNPS9900LED
Memory- Still deciding.....
Video Card- Still deciding....
Hard Drive- Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB
DVD/RW- Samsung 22x SH-S223L Sata
Sound Card- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCI-e (ordering soon)
Card reader- 3.5" Internal All-in-one USB reader/writer
Wifi/BT- 2 in 1 Wifi/Bluetooth PCI card

Existing items from old computer:
Monitors- 2 x Dell 20" Widescreen 2005FPW, 2 x Polyview V293 19"
Speakers- Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 system

I have 4 monitors because I use to do day-trading on them and had all my charts setup on them. I have the 2 20" in the center, one above the other with the 2 19" to either side of the bottom 20". Can't wait to do some gaming on these!

Still deciding on which video cards to get. Thinking about 2 Nvidia Geforce GTX 260's in SLI or 2 ATI Radeon HD 4870's in Cross Fire. I know my mobo is geared toward the crossfire setup so I'm kinda leaning toward the Radeon's. What do you think??

The memory I'm just looking for a good deal. But its going to be 4GB's of DDR3 1600MHz dual channel RAM.

I will try to post up pics as the components come in!

TOTAL COST WITHOUT GPU AND MEMORY SO FAR: $460!!!!!! (minus shipping)
 

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stick with crossfire, I suggest the newer 5000 Radeon models, better future proof. Why dont you gun for the 890FX when it comes out, that will future proof as well. Get some good memory, Gskill, Patriot, AData, Corsiar. The rest looks pretty good to me man, get some aftermarket cooling and OC that mother.
 

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stick with crossfire, I suggest the newer 5000 Radeon models, better future proof. Why dont you gun for the 890FX when it comes out, that will future proof as well. Get some good memory, Gskill, Patriot, AData, Corsiar. The rest looks pretty good to me man, get some aftermarket cooling and OC that mother.

Well the reason I was looking at the 4870's is because my plan was to keep the whole build under $800. I'm pretty much on track right now. I'm going to buy the memory and sound card next, then I will see how much I've spent at that point and make a decision on the video card.

....and yes, Overclocking is definitely on the menu!
 

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Ok, just bought my RAM.

CORSAIR 1600MHz DUAL CHANNEL DDR3 4GB KIT TW3X4G1600C9DHX

All thats left now is the GPU!
 

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I wouldn't recommend 4870 Crossfire at this point. I'd go with either a single 5850 or 5770 crossfire.
 

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PSU- APower 750W Sata ATX
CPU Cooler- Zalman CNPS9900LED

I've got a few suggestions for these...

Powersupply - Antec TP650

CPU Cooler- Coolermaster Hyper 212+ (review here)

I'd trust the Antec brand a little more over "APower", and the Hyper 212+ beats the CNPS9900 by a good margin and is about half the price

And I would second the 5850 vs Crossfire 4870s
 

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After doing some reading, I think I'm going to save a little more money and get the Radeon 5850 and use it with eyefinity! I love some of the setups I've seen with the eyefinity.
 

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The first batch of components to arrive......

Asus M4A79T Deluxe 790FX motherboard
Hitachi Deskstar 500GB Hard drive
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black edition
Samsung DVD/RW
750watt PSU
 

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I personally wouldn't go back to ATI until they fix the driver issues.

I left Nvidia (GTX 275 1792mb) and went gung-ho with a XFX5850. I couldn't wait for DX11 and all that jazz. I got it and installed it fresh on a new build. Updated the drivers, started playing CS:S, and voila! Random black screens (up to 5 seconds at a time) during play. Then I started using my desktop and the screen kept flickering and adjusting itself.

Moral of the story? Sent back the 5850 to NewEgg for full refund and scooped up a GTX295 1792mb and could not have been ANY happier returning back to Nvidia.
 

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Well I am intrigued by ATI's eyefinity, but I also like Nvidia because of their 3D drivers. I plan on making my own VR helmet in the near future and I want to make sure I can get the best 3D experience with it. I'm going to be doing something very similar to this: http://mellottsvrpage.com/VFX2.htm So, I'm still not sure on which way I want to go.
 

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The fun begins.....

The case and 50% built. I relocated the 120mm fan from the side window to the front of the case because it was rubbing against the Zalman cpu cooler. I have it positioned where it will suck air in from the bottom front of the case and circulate air to the rear 120mm fan blowing out the back.


 

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Looks good.. But, what's up with the PSU? Apower.. Never heard of them. Even if your budget is tight, you should always buy a quality psu IMHO..
 

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I did have a tight budget... so we will see how it works. If it fails or is under powered, I will definitely get a nice one next.
 
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