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I have not built a system since agp and 939 sockets became obsolete. I am rather quick to learn and from the information I have been finding I just need some things cleared up and some confirmations. The intel i7 is said to be the top of the line at the moment but is overkill for a gaming computer. I am interested in staying with amd as that is all i have used since I began pc gaming. One question is, if I go with an am3 phenom quad core will this be more than enough or should I go with the i7. I figure if I go with the am3 then I will be able to upgrade to whatever amd comes out with soon to compete with the i7. Part of what I have found as well is that am3 boards are few in number and do not have more than 4 slots for RAM, maxing me at 8gb ram with my budget. I plan to go with windows vista 64bit as well.

Here are the parts I plan to use to build my own computer: (recommendations for the mboard are encouraged)

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail

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

OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ... - Retail (2 sets)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor - Retail

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

This computer will be used 99% of the time for gaming. Part of what I am after is also that it will play the games on a 24in monitor at native 1920x1080 resolution. And as above, I am not sure about the motherboard and the compatability of all the parts namely the memory and the mboard. Any help, suggestions, recommendations, and/or confirmations would be great.

Thank you
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Looks pretty good to me, actually. 8GB of RAM is heaps, should well and truly last you the lifetime of this build anyway.

Cheers and welcome :)

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