Hello guys, I came across some bonus money and would like to build my very first PC these are the parts I have now and wanted to know if everything is compatible. I wouldn't mind any changes if its for the best. Here is what I have:
This i750 / P55 computer will beat the i920 / X58 system in any game you play. The P55 system was just introduced and the i750 chip incorporates the PCIe bus into the processor, thus eliminating the bandwidth bottleneck associated with the northbridge chip required for the i920 processor. Go with the newer technology, get better performance, and save $140.
Also, if you live near a Microcenter store, you can pick up a i750 processor for $150 and save another $50 on your build.
The rest of your build looks good. The 5850 graphics card is an excellent choice. The Antec EA650 is a good power supply, although the Antec TP650 or Corsair 650HX are better they also cost significantly more. The Antec 902 case is also a very good case because it has a little more depth to handle long graphics cards, it comes with cleanable case filters, and it has speed controls on all of the case fans.
The Patriot RAM has timings of 9-9-9-24 and the GSkill RAM that I specified has timings of 7-7-7-24. The GSkill RAM timings are better (lower) than the Patriot RAM timings, and that is why it is slightly more expensive.