First timer - Critique my build please.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: No timeframe. Sooner the better.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200 before MIR.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly heavy gaming. Very little video/graphic editing. I would like to participate in folding.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, and OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Flyzoom, and any other big reputable sites.


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: No preference but I don't want to save a couple of dollars for a crap brand.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe xfire/sli. I will do a moderate amount of overclocking. I won't be pushing anything to the limit.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've picked out some parts already. They are not set in stone, so if there's something better please let me know.

Monitor: $180
Acer 23inch

Case: $100 ($89 with Cashbing)
HAF 922

CPU: $190 ($174 with CB)
i5 750

GPU: $155
Sapphire 5770

HSF: $30
CM hyper 212

HDD: $55
Spin F3

PSU: $100 ($90 MIR)
Corsair 750w

DVD: $30

Misc: $20 (AS5, WStrap)

Total ATM: $860

For mobo, I would like a mobo that allows a good amount of upgrades in the long run and good overclocking ability. (Should I worry about the whole foxconn issue when deciding on which mobo? From googling around, it doesn't seem like I should, but incase I've missed something, please let me know).

I assume a good mobo and 2 good sticks of 2gb ram will get me to around $1100. Then some extras like fans and whatnot would hit my budget cap. I would also appreciate if anyone can recommend some nice looking fans for my HAF 922 that are within my budget.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to the suggestions.

P.S. This will be my first build. Will I need any other things, i.e. cables or whatever?
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  1. Samsung spinpoint F1 is an older drive. You want the newer F3 model that is much faster. <yes its out of stock> If you cant wait, the Seagate 7200.12 500GB is a decent alternative.

    If you get a gigabyte P55A motherboard, supposedly the socket issue has been resolved.
  2. Oops, I mislabeled it as F1. Thanks!
  3. Ok so I've finished my build (I hope).

    CPU: i5 750
    PSU: Corsair 750w.
    Case: HAF 922
    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    GPU: HD 5850
    HSF: CMH 212
    HDD: F3 Spin
    Monitor: Acer 23'
    Windows 64bit

    Total around $1175 before MIR/Cashback.

    Nothng really changed from my original build. Just added mobo and ram, and changed GPU since I had cash left over.
    Am I missing anything before I go ahead and order everything? Thank you in advance.
  4. looks good
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