My First Computer Build, could use help!

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Tower case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139046
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136096
DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

I'm fairly new to this and just wanted to make sure everything's compatible, and that there is enough power. Any help is appreciated!!
Would have been nicer if you just stated product name rather than link for look over, but that's just nitpicking. ;)

I would rather recommend pairing up an H61 motherboard with i3-2120 over AMD FX CPUs.

Don't bother with a 460 unless you can get it for dirt cheap price. Radeon 6870 (which runs better than 460) can be found at that price.

You want to ensure that the power supply is 80 Plus certified with single +12v rail.

To properly take advantage of dual-channel RAM, you need to have RAM sticks in multiple of 2's, for example, 4GB (2x 2GB), 8GB (2x 4GB), not single 4GB stick.

While recertified stuff is generally OK, you should NEVER buy an used hard disk. Unlike other components, hard disks definitely have an age.

ok, new set up:

Mother Board: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 565 Callisto 3.4GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop

Graphics Card: HIS H679F1GD Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Same hard drive and power supply, unfortunately I already bought these
Do you really have to get an AMD processor? As mentioned, a combination of i3-2120 with H61 motherboard will roflpwn your AMD setup in gaming.

DDR3-1866 does not do much for your performance. DDR3-1600 is the maximum I will recommend.

Radeon 6790 is barely any better than 6770. Go with the 6770 unless you can spare ~$160 for a Radeon 6870.
I was able to void my purchase thankfully, and took your advice: what do you think of this build:

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

I'm wondering if everything will fit up okay in the case, if the PSU is potent enough, and if I chose quality products. I'm also wondering where I could possibly save money, for example: the hard drive, should I wait for prices to go down to buy that? And the case, do I need a gaming case with lots of fans? I'm not sure what my fan situation needs to be like, if I get a simple bare case do I need to get a coolant system or fans? Sorry for all the questions, im just worried im gonna waste money on something

(i originally was planning for a $500 budget and this comes out to $638 ...)
btw i really appreciate your help hibachi, as you probably can tell i have little idea of whats good haha
I couldnt find an h61 motherboard that was compatible with 1600 ddr3 ram... does it matter if I use a "z68" motherboard? or should I switch my ram
If you are willing to spend few more bucks on Z68 motherboard, go full hog and buy this motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

With this board, when you upgrade CPU to Ivy Bridge i5 sometime in 2012, you could get to overclocking right away (assuming you also buy a good CPU cooler with it). Lower-end motherboards will not let you overclock all that much, if at all.

Also, the board features PCI-E 3.0 support (so you'll be ready for next generation of graphics cards), as well as true 16x / 8x PCI-E lane support for full CrossFireX / SLi performance (most cheap boards come with 16x / 4x, which is bad because 4x will penalize second card pretty bad in performance).


As for the others:

Graphics Card - I will suggest you buy a cheap !@# low-end card like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150535

($43 after rebates)

Then upgrade to Radeon 7000 series in 2 months. If every little bit of money counts, don't buy any graphics card at all, and instead, use the integrated Intel HD 2000 for 2 months (although it'll be painful).

Power Supply - 3 +12v rails is terrible. Go with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703036

600W, modular, 80 PLUS Bronze, single +12v rail, and is based on trustworthy Seasonic platform. Will let you use any single graphics card of your choice (except extreme super ultra high-end)

($70 after rebates)

Hard Drive - If your existing hard drive is big enough for you, recycle it. Otherwise...
Why buy a tiny 320GB for $99 when 750GB can be found for few bucks more?

Hard drive prices won't come down anytime soon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145532

Memory - Ripjaws X version of that RAM is sold for $30. Why pay more?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

Case - Your case is fine.
I don't think ill be doin any overclocking, im just a simple gamer haha , and i dont think i could afford the newest graphics card either..
i will take your advice on the power source , but paying double for the hard drive sucks!! im gonna look around town and see if i cant find a cheaper one
Radeon 7000 series will cover mid and high-range, not just high-range. You can certainly afford the mid-range cards... and it'll be worth it, because Radeon 7800 series will perform at the level of 6900 series, for less cost.

Overclocking Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge CPU is dead simple. You can come back to us about it when you can afford an Ivy Bridge in 2012. ;)
btw, will a high definition cable work with this build?
HDMI? The motherboard I recommended above has it. As for the graphics card, just look for it on it.
thanks man, one last question: Do I need to install some kind of wireless internet in the tower in order to receive signals?
If you need to connect to the internet through wireless, yes, you need to buy a wireless receiver card (either internal or USB) compatible with your router.
well, its all purchased! I took your advice on the PSU , its a good thing I didnt get the other one. And I got the cheaper ram, but I kept the motherboard and that video card.. i don't plan on upgrading for a while i just wanna play skyrim / fall out 3/ diablo 3 etc.. I really appreciate your help tho! I hope all these parts arrive in one peice! haha, the only thing I'm missing i think is windows, but im sure I can find it from a friend or something

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