Need help w/ $800 first time build


BUDGET RANGE: ~$800 after rebates/shipping/taxes


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, peripherals, OS (Win 7 Pro free through my university)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none, whatever sites get me the best discounts/deals


PARTS PREFERENCES: none, though I'm looking for the best bang for the buck across all areas

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, though I don't intend do any extreme overclocking. Something low to moderate and simple is enough

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, though probably not. I plan on sticking with the single card solutions primarily


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't plan on upgrading for at least a year to 1.5 yrs.

Here's what I have so far (I'm just using Newegg now for simplicity and comparison, not necessarily the final purchase choice):
***UPDATED w/ gkay09's suggestions***

CPU, MOBO, RAM combo: $334 AR
955 + ASUS 790X + GSKillz DDR3 4GB

GPU: $155
SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

CASE: $65 AR w/ shipping
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU: $50 AR
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD: $39 w/ shipping (I need a DL DVD burner)
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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

TOTAL: ~$730 w/o the heatsink and before taxes. The $800 budget is a little flexible but not very much (maybe $50-$75).

So how does this look? Are all the parts compatible? Is there anything I'm missing or things that can save me money? This is my first time building a system so I'm not sure how to go about this whole process. Any help you guys can provide will be really helpful. Thanks.
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    ^ That is a good setup...but here are few suggestions...
    Check this CPU + Mobo + RAM combo - Saves about $35
    955 + ASUS 790X + GSKillz DDR3 4GB

    HDD - The Samsung F3 500GB would be a good option as the WD black 500GB is a old version...Only the 640GB, 1TB and 2TB ones are newer and faster...

    PSU - Even this would be a better option...and is modular too...Can handle 2x HD 5770 in crossfire too...
    OCZ Mod 600W

    Check this Saphire HD 5770 - Cost about $155

    DVD - Get a SATA drive rather than IDE - Thinner cable, less clutter...
  2. Hey thanks gkay09 for the suggestions. I don't know why I picked the IDE CD/DVD drive... must have not been paying close enough attention. I'll edit the original post with your improvements. However, the PSU you picked is out of stock on Newegg. Since I'm going to be buying within the next week or so, do you think they'll restock in time? Or is there another suggestion you might have?

    Again, thanks for the insights.
  3. ^ They would most probably restock that PSU...
    And if you plan to overclock, then certainly get this CPU cooler...
    CM Hyper 212 - currently out of stock, but most probably will be available in a weeks time though...
  4. Oh, any thoughts whether I should get a heatsink fan or not? If so, which ones?

    EDIT: beat me to it
  5. ^ If that CPU cooler is not available by then, you can get this one...
    Sunbeam CCTF 120
  6. Alright, thank you for all of your help, gkay. It really takes out a lot of the uncertainties I had as a first-time builder.
  7. ^ Glad I could help...
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