are these parts good? see any bottlenecks?

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studguy5
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Hey guys! im new here and i dont know much about bottlenecks and parts so i wanted to see what you think.
Ill be playing Starcraft 2 maxed out at 1920x1080 and also some cod mw2 + mafia 2
here are my parts:
Case: Cooler Master® CM 690 II Advanced (did lots of research on cases :D )
CPU: AMD Phenom II 965 AM3 socket
Cpu Cooler: Stock
Motherboard: Asus m4a89TD pro AM3
Hard Disk: WD® Caviar Black 3.5" 500GB 7200 rpm
Optical drive: Some random sony drive :P
PSU: Corsair HX-650
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 (sorry if this doesnt specify much)
Graphics card: Nvidia EVGA GTX 460 1GB
Thanks in advance for contributors
-studguy5

k1llg0r3
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Get this, anything is better than the stock cpu cooler, and this is only $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product

And if your hard drive is a SATA III (6 GB/s) drive then that is fine.

Fnawesome
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if hes not overclocking the stock hs is fine, im using stock atm till i buy a frio, and im oc'ed to 3.7ghz on the same cpu and i get 32c idle, 40c max load so there wouldnt be any benefit in a better cooler unless i oc'ed more, frankly the only system bottleneck i see if that single HD, get a smaller drive and get more of them, say 2 or 4 250g HD's for raid 0, and use another larger drive for storage since raid 0 has no fault tolerance, its what i've done for years and theres nothing better for game load times than raid, regardless of how badass your system is

studguy5
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Fnawesome wrote:if hes not overclocking the stock hs is fine, im using stock atm till i buy a frio, and im oc'ed to 3.7ghz on the same cpu and i get 32c idle, 40c max load so there wouldnt be any benefit in a better cooler unless i oc'ed more, frankly the only system bottleneck i see if that single HD, get a smaller drive and get more of them, say 2 or 4 250g HD's for raid 0, and use another larger drive for storage since raid 0 has no fault tolerance, its what i've done for years and theres nothing better for game load times than raid, regardless of how badass your system is
so you mean 500gb for performance and 500gb for backup? thanks... good idea :D
BTW do i need a raid controller as well cos its like 100 bucks

k1llg0r3
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nope, I'm pretty sure you can just plug em right into your motherboard.

CaptainYouPlanet
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That system should perform very well. I have a similar setup (Phenom II X4 955, 4GB OCZ RAM, eVGA GTX 460) and it's absolutely awesome. I also have a CM690 II Basic, which is the same but with a few features missing, and I would say you're probably getting the best sub-$100 case out there. I'm not using it right now, though.

i7 2600k | 8GB RAM | eVGA GTX 460 1GB | 640GB HDD | Corsair HX1000 | CM690 II Adv. | Windows 7 64-bit

Fnawesome
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studguy5 wrote:Fnawesome wrote:if hes not overclocking the stock hs is fine, im using stock atm till i buy a frio, and im oc'ed to 3.7ghz on the same cpu and i get 32c idle, 40c max load so there wouldnt be any benefit in a better cooler unless i oc'ed more, frankly the only system bottleneck i see if that single HD, get a smaller drive and get more of them, say 2 or 4 250g HD's for raid 0, and use another larger drive for storage since raid 0 has no fault tolerance, its what i've done for years and theres nothing better for game load times than raid, regardless of how badass your system is
so you mean 500gb for performance and 500gb for backup? thanks... good idea :D
BTW do i need a raid controller as well cos its like 100 bucks

no. Raid 0, backup isn't necessary, do you work for the government? or are you worried about your games saves..... just buy a cheap storage drive and back up your stuff manually. no point in purchasing another 500g HD for raid 1 when the purpose of your purchase is to remove a bottleneck...

drake2231
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No real bottle necks there, but you did not specify the processor. It seems like you have done an excellent job assemblimg a computer that will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Also, for the price a 7,200 rpm Hdd is worth consideration. Most times you can find one of similar capacity at the same price.
There are a couple questions you want to consider

Am I going to overclock?

if so - Is my ram on the manufacturer's approved ram list? This will greatly affect your overclocking performance

Which cpu cooler should I be using? To put it simply, the more you push your overclock the more heat it will produce increasing the demand on the cooler. Stock coolers can be good for very mild overclocks. Even a $30 cpu cooler will be a big upgrade over the stock.

That being said there is nothing wrong with using a stock cooler if you are just running it at stock speeds. I usaully recommend an upgraded cooler no matter what as removing heat helps the longevity of all electronics.

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The bottleneck is the HDD and this is usually the case for most systems even if you do a RAID0 unless you get an SSD(s).