Comments on my build please

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, but if there's something monumental happening in price/performance soon I can wait a bit

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mainly gaming, light video work, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS and a 4870 1GB ( )

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: not too picky, would like to get them all at the same place simply for convenience if possible


PARTS PREFERENCES: Other than sticking with an intel processor not too picky.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but more than likely not


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like the PC to be QUIET, and posted some more comments after my parts listing.

The parts I'm looking to buy would be


Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R

Antec Sonata 3 with its 500w psu

WD Black 640gb

and a Sony DVD Burner

I need a recommendation for Ram, looking to get 4gb.

Right now, my parts adds up to $645, and I'm figuring <$100 for the ram, so under $750 which is the budget I was looking to stay in.

Looking for comments on if anyone would recommend switching out one piece for another, need a suggestion for some ram, and I'm wondering if the PSU in the Sonata 3 will be strong enough to run the system. Can anyone comment on the stock HSF that comes with the i7, is it decently quiet? Also it's been a few years since I built a system, so I'm wondering if I forgot anything! Thanks for the help!
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  1. You can make your rig Crossfire capable by changing just the motherboard and PSU, so you'll be able to add a second 4870 when it's needed.

    Intel Core i7-860
    Combo Price: $429.98

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 CL7 - $89.99

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
    COOLER MASTER RC-690 <-- Much better cooling
    Combo Price: $99.98

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - $109.99

    Same DVD Drive

    Grand Total:* $759.93
  2. Actually picked the Sonata 3 with its PSU based on noise, the Sonata being part of Antec's quiet line, and several of the reviews I read on the CM case mentioned that it ran a bit loud.

    Honestly I'd just switch to a better single GPU solution when it's time for an upgrade to keep the noise and heat, both in the case, and the output in my room down as low as possible. Would the sonata 3's PSU be capable of running and cooling the rig I laid out?

    I missed the cpu/motherboard combo deal you linked though, so thanks for that, even though I won't use crossfire it looks like it has a few other niceties at what works out to the same price.
  3. Go for corsair,G skill mushkin,OCZ memory modules Those are gud memories!
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