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Suggestions need on I7 build (my first build)

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September 13, 2009 8:03:40 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within couple of weeks, BUDGET RANGE: about $1000-1200.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photo/video editing, programming, surfing the internet, watching movies, gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and OS. I'll be using the new build with my existing Dell 24" 2405 monitor at 1920x1200, the system will be running Windows 7 64-bit.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm open to suggestion here as I'm new to building systems myself, but I've used newegg, zipzoomfly and amazon for hdd & memory upgrades before.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU I7

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not immediately but would like to keep the option open.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: hdd & memory expandability is important to me, I'd like to able to expand to 4+ internal HDD & 16GB+ RAM in the future.

I'd also like to plan for upgrade to i9 after its price comes down, so I'm almost locked into X58.

I plan to fit the computer case under my desktop which has depth about 17-18 inches, so a smaller case is preferred but I can deal with a 20-21 inch case if needed.

This is going to be my first build but I do have decent knowledge of computer hardware & software.

My current list came from suggestion from "Why_Me" sometime ago on a similar price range build, (thank you, "Why_Me"), the price has been updated. Any suggestions are welcome, thanks for your time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retai

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $104.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $269.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835185093 $36.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2 $4.49
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600... 2 $159.99 Free Shipping - price has gone up from 113.99 to 159.99!
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 after $20 rebate Free Shipping*
ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $64.99 Free Shipping
WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $32.99 Free Shipping*
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $12 Free Shipping
Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $7.99
Rosewill RNX-56AG Agere 56Kbps PCI Bus (Plug & Play) Internal V.92 PCI Date/Fax/TAM modem- WINDOWS VISTA READY - Retail
September 13, 2009 11:58:54 PM

This is my first build, so I'd really appreciate any suggestions you have.
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September 14, 2009 1:20:26 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <--- here's a RAM/cpu combo worth taking a look at. Not so sure about using a Cooler Master psu. They haven't always gotten good reviews in the past. That PC & P you chose is tried and proven. I think I would stick with it.
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September 14, 2009 4:18:58 AM

Thanks Why_Me for your suggestions, I think I'd stick with my original PC & PSU.
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September 14, 2009 4:25:17 AM

the 5870's are almost out :)  <400$
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September 15, 2009 4:15:05 AM

Thanks stevensl2, but I usually don't use hot products when they come out, I'll wait until they become more stable and less pricey.
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