First computer build advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month, before college starts.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: school work (probably majoring in computer engineering), gaming, video, music, other multimedia.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, processor(already have), motherboard(already have)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, zipzoomfly.com, microcenter.com (retail store a few miles away)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Asus mobo,

OVERCLOCKING: most likely yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possibly SLI in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As of now, budget isnt a huge issue as I will be purchasing the parts over a period of time.


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Parts List:

Intel Corporation Core® i7 920 Processor Boxed (Have)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727

P6T Deluxe V2 1366 ATX Motherboard (Have)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0306945

Antec TPQ-850 TruePower Quattro 850W Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QW5X5Y/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=1A6K8RHDNXMR7EMYHQBQ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939291&pf_rd_i=507846

EVGA GTX 280 Superclocked 1GB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 Graphics Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0314490

WESTERN DIGITAL WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008824

CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB PC3-12800+ (DDR3-1600+) CL8 Triple Channel Memory Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009731

LG GH22LS50 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010736

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116678

ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118051

Antec Nine Hundred Two - The Ultimate Gaming Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0305999

I will also purchase other items such as cold cathodes and wire sleeving for appearance purposes.

Let me know what you think, and any suggestions you may have for me.
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  1. Just a few minor details.

    The memory is a bit overpriced. You can get CL7 1600 for less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

    Before blowing 80 bucks on the Zalman see this review:
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/07/23/intel_core_i7_heatsink_roundup_q309

    The GTX 280 is too much $ for too little performance.
    4890 will be faster and less money.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150368
  2. Thanks for the input guys. I've switched out some components to ones that were suggested. Not only does it make the system less expensive, it should also be more powerful.
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