First time builder, i7 920 rig check

Hi All,

I'm an old-timer when it comes to building, but I haven't done it in maybe 10 years so obviously a lot has changed. I wanted to run my build up here and see what everyone thinks.

USE: Gaming/Video Editing

Budget: ~$1,000

Already Have: 2x monitors running 1920x1080, Keyboard, Mouse

Processor: i7 920
Already bought this for $217.00 (with tax) at microcenter



GFX: GTX 260

HDD: Caviar 640GB

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W

Cooling: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core

Case: Rosewill R5604-TBK

Now, altogether, this hits just about $1k. However, I'm pretty new to most of this so I have some questions;

1. My MOBO doesn't take 1600 speed ram, is that an issue? should I look at diff ram or more expensive mobo?

2. Is that gfx card enough to run 2x monitors at 1920x1080? I like gaming, but I don't need to have the greatest. I edit video, but I'm not concerned about render time as much as I am about smooth editing in program.

3. Is that enough of an after market cooling unit? Subquestion, will I have to overclock this to get the full bang for my buck? How difficult/risky is that?

Thanks for your patience guys, just catching up on a lot of this cool new tech.
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  1. I would look at the new 5000 series from ATI. The SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 is nice and costs about $40 less, performs similarly and is DX11 compatible.

    I also like the WD Black hard drives.

    WD Black review

    I have never heard of the sunbeam cooler but it looks decent. for 10 bucks less the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is suppose to be incredible.

    I wouldn't worry about the 1600 ram speed because the difference in speed between the 1333 sticks and 1600 sticks isn't much. Check this out.

    As for OCing. You definitely get more bang/buck and as long as you apply caution and stick around 3.2~3.6ghz you should be fine.

    Good luck.
  2. 1. That mobo is junk save the $40 from the 5770 and get this one
    2. 5770
    3. You only need that if you plan on overclocking, otherwise don't get it. CM hyper 212 if you plan on oc.

    This HDD and the Spinpoint f3(Out of stock) are both faster and cheaper per gb
    The review linked above is old. Only the black 2tb wins now(it has 2 processors),1012.html

    This case has much better cooling
  3. Thanks a bunch guys. I was iffy on that MOBO as well.
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