First time builder $1500 Budget

Hey I was wondering if you guys can let me know what you think about this build and what I can do to make it better or what I do not need, or any alternatives I should make. My budget is $1500. I think everything I picked out is compatible with each other. If not please let me know. Thank you


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.99
$14.99 Std. Shipping*
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109.95
$9.99 Std. Shipping*
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $89.98 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
$9.99 Std. Shipping*

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate

CPU Cooler: (Is this good enough for this system?)
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 $29.99
$7.56 Std. Shipping*

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail $309.99
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $200(Micro Center)

Graphics Card:
XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail $397.99

Memory: (If you know a better one, Please let me know)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL – Retail $104.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Retail $89.99

Thermal Compound:(Is this necessary?)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound – OEM $9.99
$2.99 Std. Shipping*

Wireless: (I am not sure if the mobo already has one. So I am not sure if I need this.)
LINKSYS WMP600N IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band WEP, WPA & WPA2 Personal, WPA & WPA2 Enterprise - Retail $65.25
$1.99 Std. Shipping*

DVD Drive:

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 DVD/CD Rewritable Drive – OEM $23.99
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  1. Case: HAF 922 by far. It's cheaper, bigger, and better.

    RAM: Get the CAS Latency 7 version for $10 more. G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

    Thermal compound is not necessary, unless you're trying for a massive overclock.

    Wireless is also not necessary, but the mobo will only have a wired connection. Keep in mind that wireless is always slower than wired, so if you game online, you definitely want to use a wired connection anyway.

    Everything looks good.
  2. Best answer
    I agree with Mad.....WITH ONE EXCEPTION THE RAM!!!!!

    Last week you could have build a 750 or 860 with a 5970 for 1500...:( Most of the combos are gone for now.

    Also you picked Dual channel ram for a triple channel Mobo You need to either get a 3x1gb set or a 3x2gb set.
  3. The memory says "Specifically Designed to compatible with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 for Intel P55 motherboard" will it also work with the mobo I have posted? And forgot to add, is overclocking to 4ghz possible without the thermal component?
  4. You can get the same ram in a triple channel kit so theoretically it will work but you should get the triple channel kit instead of the dual channel kit since the MOBO and processor are built around it.
  5. OSU's completely right. I forgot it was an i7-920 build, and looked at just the 2x2 GB kit...

    These woudl be better for an i7-920: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.
  6. Oh yea I was looking at the same one after OSU talked about the tri channel kit. So what about overclocking? will it work properly without the thermal component if i were to overclock to 4ghz?
  7. It will work but I prefer to use aftermarket Thermal compound. usually ends up being a little better Quality then what they ship with the cooler. However, I am just anal like that.

    Not to mention if you screw up you have enough to set it several times.
  8. how often do you have to use the thermal compound if you were to overclock? Like do we have to use it after a certain amount of time or its a one time thing?
  9. It is a one time thing but my friend had to reseat his a couple of times

    Other then that if you do it right the first time then there is not need for extra.
  10. Best answer selected by chumchum.
  11. Get the corsair h50 water cooling kit, quiet, effective, easier to install, no more dust cloging the heatsink fins. $79 at egg.
  12. Or get the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, one of the best HSF available, at under half that price.
  13. Thanks.. ok last question... which is better for the memory.. its like a $4dollar difference when there is shipping... but for overclocking, im not sure which to pick.
    it doesnt seem like there is a fan on the corsair so i dont know how it will run.. also you the corsair voltage is higher too... which one should i get? thanks again

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7

    G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
  14. Memory doesn't come with fans. I suspect you're talking about the heat spreaders, which the Corsair does have, it's just not as obvious. Of course, I'd say that the value of heat spreaders is a little dubious, though I'm sure it's useful for extreme overclocking.

    The G.Skill will be better for overclocking, as the lower voltage requirements will allow you to apply more voltage without surpassing 1.65V.
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