Need advice on i7 build

Hello, I'm a first-time builder looking for a fun learning experience. After a few weeks of researching I'm about ready to make my purchases. Please give me advice, comments and concerns of my choices. Thank you :D


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching videos, Virtualbox, multitasking, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer an Intel i7 CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Wouldn't mind try to overclock to around 3.4-3.6GHz, nothing to extreme because I don't have any experience with this. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this build to be future proof, with small upgrades over the course of 4-5 years. The PC being quiet would also be a plus.

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail

Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
Is this PSU overkill even if I crossfire the HD5870, add an additional HDD/SSD in the future or would a 750w be more reasonable?

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
If i can find somewhere that has this in stock, else maybe a Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s?

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
Or some other cheap drive.

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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  1. Money doesn't seem to be a problem for you. :D

    Case: I prefer this:
    My FT02 has been running for like 2 weeks or so and the filter collected a lot of dust and debris while the interior is dust-free. And it's sleek looking as well.

    RAM: make sure you do your research to ensure that your RAM is compatible with the motherboard.

    PSU: 850W is not too much. The HX850 is more efficient than the HX750. You save more money in the long run, especially if you are going to play a lot of games.

    HDD: how about Hitachi? IME, I have had Hitachi, WD and Samsung HDD and they all seem to be about the same in term of performance and reliability. And let's not talk about the nightmares I had with Seagate.

    Cooler: CM 212+ is good but more for budget users. With your $$$, get at least a Megahalems or TRUE.
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  3. might i interest you in the


    too bad newegg Canada hasn't got that sweet xfx 850 and 5870 deal anymore
  4. @testdasi The G.Skill website has the motherboard listed as supported for that particular ram, but the gigabyte site doesn't :??:

    @tecmo34 Nice find ;)

    I was kind of set on that particular case, as long as it fits the HD5870.
  5. If the RAM manufacturer says it's compatible, it should be ok. Just do a bit of googling. If the RAM is obviously not compatible, you will (a) find posts about instability and/or (b) find nobody with the same combination. :D That was one of the hints I got when building mine. Nobody on various PC and overclock forum has the same RAM and MB combination. :D
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