Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners
Cheaper same performance + Light Scribe
HE DOES NOT need a Full tower with that setup.
Why does he want to buy a full tower? Jesus.
He could shave like $100 off the build if he bought a Rosewill Blackbone or something.
Caviar Green <---Not good as a primary drive, I've tested many of these with HD Tuner... Their write/reads are ALL OVER THE PLACE.
They're good for low power consumption so they're great storage drives, but not as primaries.
Acer monitor <--I disapprove because Acer monitors are notorious for light bleed, color distortion, and a slew of other problems. He should get the Asus equivalent if he wants to spend a small amount and get a TN panel monitor. If he can afford a little bit, I'd recommend a totally different monitor possibly a Samsung if he wants to stay relatively cheap.
790FX <-- He only needs that motherboard if he's crossfiring.
Otherwise I suggest he get a 770, 780L, or 785.
Also, if he's going to spend $100~ on a motherboard, the 890 AM3 motherboards are niiiiiice.
Newegg.com - ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Would outperform that Sapphire card.
PSU: I recommend against it, but I don't keep up with PSUs as closely as other board members. Seek a second opinion.
I usually recommend $50-70 power supplies for a build with those sorts of parts and this sort of budget.
Antec Earthwatts 650w is great and can run all of those parts with no problems.
No one that I have ever met needs 8Gb of RAM and I know gamers, engineers, and graphics designers.
The CPU is great.
The Thermal compound is great.
He should get a third party cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 or something.
Also that's the C2 revision of the 955.
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
That's the C3 revision, which is cheaper and supposed to perform better than C2, however benchmarks say otherwise that I've seen.
I've heard rumors the C3 revision overclocks further, but in real world performance and benchmarks the C2 often wins.
The C3 is just better for power consumption, but only slightly...