PC build work?


Jul 24, 2009
OK, I've been a gamer for some time and decided it was time for an upgrade. I've been trolling through these forums for a few days now and found much usefull information as well as a very informative community. I decided it was best to ask for advice before I purchase my new build because quite frankly I havn't kept up with whats been going on in the PC technology for years now. Anyway, I'll get straight into it and I apologize for the extremely long post ahead. :D

MotherBoard: BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138130

I chose this motherboard simply for the fact that it supports everything I need it to while not cutting a hole in my pocket.

Vid Card (Crossfire): SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire

After much research, running this in CF seemed like the best bang for the buck.

Ram (8GB): G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2

I'm not sure if I need 8GB but the price was so cheap I didn't see a reason not to get that much. I don't know much about DDR3 either...except that its expensive. The 1066 from what I read is much faster than the DDR2 800 I have now.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core

Great reviews. Even though I often run 3-4 programs at once, I thought I might as well get the Quad now since eventually I'll probably need it anyway. And again, price was nice!

P/S: Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready

This is where my faith starts to waver. I don't know much about power requirements. Is this enough for the current build?

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I went with an expensive case for cooling as I don't know much about water cooling...I don't plan on overclocking (if at all, very little). Plus I was told long ago that if you are going to build your own machine, always get a full tower.

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders

As much problems as Vista has caused me in the past, it is my understanding that to get the most out of my machine (Mostly the 8GB ram) I need a 64-bit OS...plus it said system builders in the name. :D


I have a dvd burner now...but I've never actually burnt anything so seemed pointless to pay an extra $20-30 for burning capabilities.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

I was originally going to go with a 10000RPM, but I learned on this website that it doesn't really affect gaming much at all.

NOTE: I use a 32" HD TV as my monitor. Overkill I know...and it probably can't be good for my eyes sitting 3ft away from it playing games for hours a day!

So, I know from what I've read that this is a pretty good machine, but as far as compatibility, power requirements, and cooling I'm afraid I might be missing some important things.