Is this a good first build?

CSJunkie

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CHIEFTEC Dragon DA-01BD-U-OP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $99.99

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - $199.99

AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX810WFGIBOX - 175.00

hec Cougar 1000 1000W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified - 9800 GX2 CrossFire Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $179.99

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - $109.99

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA - $12.99

LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive SATA Model GGW-H20L - Retail
Item #: $225.00

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $406.00

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - $24.99

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - 229.99
 

JaredAudiophileGamer

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everythings damn good except id say the power supply is a bit of overkill with the savings of going with a more suitable psu you can get a nice cpu cooler, and you might want to wait about one more month, amd has some new am3 cpus coming out, the 965 i believe?
 
I would use a X3 720 if you are gaming . It has more on board cache and the cores are clocked higher which is more likely to help more than having a forth core would . You even save a few dollars .

The power supply is total over kill as previously mentioned . 750 watt would be more than enough and a lot cheaper . Stick to a reputable brand Corsair , PC power and cooling , seasonic

Velociraptors are over rated . They are not much faster than drives that cost a third the price and have twice the storage . If you have the $$$ by all means load the game 3 seconds faster , but you wont see improvements any where else .

You will need Vista 64 bit premium too . A 32 bit OS wont cut it on that hardware
 

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Thanks for all the replies . I have $2000 to spend. I am an amd person and want the ddr3. Isnt it going to better for my gaming ? Also i plan to go to crossfire in the future along with liquid cooling option thats why i went with 1000+ psu. So should i wait for the next round of am3 processors to come out then do a build with am3 and i will be getting windows 64bit also for my rig. Also i wanted modular cabling for my psu to help with airflow and cable management. Went with full tower for extra room for liquid coooling.
 
Yes you should wait if you have to have DDR3. AMD is having trouble with it and it does absolutely nothing for performance currently.

For 2K you can build a much faster computer with an Intel CPU and motherboard, and you would have the option of using either SLI or Crossfire on the same board, and you would even get to use DDR3.

But, it's your money :)