My first build ( help )

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Hey wonderful ppl of toms hardware! I'm pretty new to this so here goes....

I've been looking into building a comp from parts on newegg and this is what I've come up with so far (I'm pretty happy with it)


Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129025

PCU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135186 (Prefer lightscribe)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161279
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378


OK so I don't want to waste your time so im going to go straight to the point here. I'm wondering what would be the best RAM for the Mobo that I picked out? I chose the current RAM because of the 1333mhz that's a good thing right? I'm looking to spend just under $800 for the whole thing and would like to do some small Overclocking.

Not sure if this is of any relevance but I just bought a 23" LCD, does this screen size cause any compatibility issues?

Also I'm open to advice for all of the other parts that I've picked out and happy to receive it. :)
 

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Looks like its going to be a great build, especially with the AM3 support your good to go! Good Luck.
PS: Keep the Ram.
 

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Just some thoughts...

For ram I'd go with this G.Skill ram, its a better known brand, cheaper, and has better timings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

This WD Black 640gb drive would offer a bit better performance as well as some more storage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=WD6401AALS

The dvd burner you linked is out of stock. Here's a samsung with lightscribe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

That 730W power supply is overkill for the graphics card you listed.
This 550W corsair is about the same price after rebate, but is likely a much more reliable power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

This sapphire radeon 4850 is faster than that graphics card, and will handle just about anything with decent graphics settings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770
 

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^+1, I missed the PSU, go with the suggested Corsair PSU its way more than what you need for that system. Are you going to do some gaming on this system?
 
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yeah I will play some newer games but I mostly want to play oldschool stuff so I don't mind top of the line graphics... and also I chose such a high wattage psu because I thought down the road I might want to run crossfire so I can eventually max out games like crysis
 
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hey good eye. I didn't notice the HDD i had picked out only had a 16mb cache, didn't see the samsung with lightscribe thanks for the heads up
 

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The 4850 already will get you good framerates in Crysis with medium-high settings :)
You don't necessarily need crossfire to max out Crysis, that power supply can handle a nvidia GTX 285, which runs Crysis beautifully.

If you really wanted to, you could opt for a higher wattage PSU, just don't skimp on the quality.
 

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When it comes to hard drive cache 16mb is almost always enough. There are very few use cases that would require 32mb sizes. However I still heavly recommend picking up the WD Black 640. They are about as fast as raptor drives and will be a major speed improvement over the wd caviar SE16 500.
 

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I totaly disagree that you should be using the ddr3 standard with this build. The only setup that should be using ddr3 is the i7 and x58 boards, unless your going for world record overclocks. With anything else people building rigs should stick to ddr2. The preformance increase from ddr2 to ddr3 is ~.5% for a large price increase. Your better off spending that money on a better graphics card or cpu. I would highly recommend rethinking that part of your build.
 
I chose such a high wattage psu because I thought down the road I might want to run crossfire so I can eventually max out games like crysis
I can see where you're coming from trying to plan in advance for upgrades, but Raidmax PSU's are crap. You're much better off going with a quality unit from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Antec, etc... It's better to have a quality PSU from a reputable manufacturer (even if it's a lower wattage model) than a high wattage time bomb. The 12v amp rating is way more important than wattage anyway. Cheap PSU manufacturers overstate the wattage while reputable manufacturers under rate their PSU's.
 
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hey guys thanks for the advice and help I will look into a different PSU. will a 550w power everything with room for small upgrades? To be more specific I'm going to buy a blu-ray drive, maybe some external accessories and maybe a few internal one's.

btw I just ordered my antec p182 and got a great deal $118 with free shipping! This is my first build so of course I can't wait!
 
A Quality 550W PSU wil easily power your system and allow your planned upgrades. The Corsair 550VX irkjab mentioned above is a very high quality unit. I would also highly recommend it. I'm using a 520W Corsair PSU and have my CPU overclocked by over 1GHz, 5 HD's, 2 TV tuner cards, 2 optical drives, and a few fans.