First Build - Need Some Guidance in Choosing Parts

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week
BUDGET RANGE: $1100-1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web/photo editing (dreamweaver/photoshop), video editing, surfing the internet, gaming (very little)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Reusing keyboard, mouse, speakers. Already have an unused copy of Vista Business through MSDN.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, TigerDirect

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking to use i7 920 (or 950) processor but no preference on any other brands

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like a side window on the case but it's not essential.

Can you tell me what you think of what I've put together so far?

CASE: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W $59.99 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

MB: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI $249.99 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188046

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

MEMORY: OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $94.99 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227388

CPU COOLER: ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 $29.99 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887011

VIDEO: POWERCOLOR AX4850 1GBD3-PH $104.99 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131163

HARD DRIVE: SEAGATE 1tb barracuda 3.5" internal SATA-300 hard drive 7200rpm 32mb $108.63 AC
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch_v3.asp?scriteria=4783309

BR/DVD: LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136137

MONITOR: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145

OS: VISTA BUSINESS 64-bit
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  1. The case you picked out doesn't seem to really have a window? The Centurion 5 has a regular full window, though it is only a mid tower. The Haf 932 seems to have more of a window than the Storm Sniper too.

    Perhaps go with this cooler instead. Frostytech had better results with it, and it's cheaper!

    I always like Sapphire for my ATI cards, so I'll recommend this Sapphire 4850. It's cheaper too!

    As for the drive, ask yourself if you are really going to be burning blu-rays.

    If you want a faster hard drive for stuff, you can try a WD Black.
  2. spinny said:
    The case you picked out doesn't seem to really have a window? The Centurion 5 has a regular full window, though it is only a mid tower. The Haf 932 seems to have more of a window than the Storm Sniper too.

    Perhaps go with this cooler instead. Frostytech had better results with it, and it's cheaper!

    I always like Sapphire for my ATI cards, so I'll recommend this Sapphire 4850. It's cheaper too!

    As for the drive, ask yourself if you are really going to be burning blu-rays.

    If you want a faster hard drive for stuff, you can try a WD Black.


    Thanks for your advice. Do you know if the cooler will fit in the Centurion 5 or how I might find out?

    Yeah, you're right - I am not going to burn blu-rays and TigerDirect has a blu-ray reader + DVDRW combo for $89 so that saves some money.
  3. I usually just browse through the case reviews and find someone who used a particularly large heatsink, see how tall that heatsink is, and compare to the one I'm interested in.

    In this case I see someone said they had 1/4" to spare when using a Xigmatek HDT, which is 159mm tall, the Zerotherm is 156, so it should work.
  4. Thanks spinny.. by the way the video card you recommended is cheapter because it's only 512 MB and not 1 GB RAM.
  5. Ah, my mistake.
    I would personally still spring the extra $15 for the Sapphire, but that's just me (I'm brand-biased).
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