Advice on the following computer build. Thanks

Hiyas, just wanted to say a quick thanks for any help and advice given.

I'm looking to build my first computer, trying to keep it in the $1,200 usd range. Below is what I've come up with so far. Any help or advice for improvements would be appreciated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games / Movies / Net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard / Mouse / Monitor / speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: neweggs.com / tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/a

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / possible crossfire in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: N/a


MOBO - EVGA P55 FTW SLI 132-LF-E657-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188056

CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

HSF - COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103046

HDD - Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136497

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

GPU - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

DVD - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160


The only other question I have right now is about some parts being OEM. Such as the HDD and the DvD drive. I'm assuming that they will not come with the cables needed. If that is the case what should I look to purchase along side these items so that I'm able to install everything when it arrives.

Thanks again for the help.
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  1. That's not a very good build. Here's one that's well under budget and will be a lot better overall:


    CPU: i5-750 $195
    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $463
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
    HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40

    Total: $1,173. Notice that the CPU is the same, but pretty much everything else is much better. However, this is overkill if you don't plan on upgrading your monitor to higher resolutions.
  2. Thx for the quick reply, I'll check out those items that you linked. I did forget to mention that I would have to also purchase the OS so thats another 105$ thats why I did not go with that GPU/PSU combo cuz it put me over budget.
  3. To save some money, you could easily drop to a X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 for a total of $300, saving $85. You would lose nothing in terms of performance for your tasks.
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