Narrowing down i7-860 matx build. Comments please!

I'm narrowing down my system build. I'm sort of a novice and have only built one system before. I'm not planning to O/C this machine and I want it to be rock solid. I might play a few good games (Starcraft 2) but it's many for everyday use. Please let me know if it looks ok. :)

Lian Li PC-A03B All Aluminum Black Mini Tower Gaming Micro ATX Case

Intel BOXDP55WB Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813121388
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $99.99

Core i7 860 Processor Boxed
Item #:735858210478
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy Microcenter $199.99

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820134792
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy Newegg $104.99

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 100283-2L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102864
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy Newegg $179.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $119.99

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820167023
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy Newegg $299.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W Power Supply compatible with core i7
Item #:N82E16817341016
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $89.99

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50
Item #:N82E16827136177
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $24.99
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  1. why are you using an i7 860? get the 930, at the microcenter near me they are the same price. so you need two more sticks of ram and also 500 is cutting it close. i would do a 600 psu
  2. How much hotter does the i7-930 run over the i7-860? I didn't specify this but I'm trying to keep my system quiet. I think the 930 uses 130w versus 95w for the 860.
  3. Hi charliebird,

    That's the reason I went for the i7-860 (cooler and quieter running), plus the fact that the memory runs at 1333mhz by default
    without overclocking.

    Regards keith263
  4. Does everything else look ok? Will this powersuppy fit in the Lian Li PC-A03B case? There seems to be limited options for i7-860 motherboards. I only picked the Intel board because Maingear uses it in a configuration similar to this one.
  5. Go with either a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or the Seagate 7200.12. The WD still uses the older 320gb platers vs the newer and faster 500gb platters.
  6. Good call! I'm switching to the Samsung Spinpoint F3. It got great reviews on Newegg and it's cheaper. Thanks
  7. Is this a better motherboard?

    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  8. I have a build similar to your and love it. The Intel MB is great! I have 8Gb of Corsair RAM and a ASUS 5870.

    XPS8000 case ,
    Intel DP55BS MB, i7 860@3.6Ghz w Zallman 9700 cooler,
    1TBx2 RAID,
    Intel X25MG2 SSD,
    ASUS EAH HD5870,
    8GB 1600 Corsair XMS Dominator,
    Ultra Gold 550,
    Win7 x64 Ultimate
  9. I'm leaning towards the Gigabyte motherboard. Is the Kingston Value ram ok? Here's the vendor support memory list from Gigabyte:
  10. I will just tell you though that using the Intel Desktop Control Center to overclock was very simple and I was able to get to 4.2Ghz rather easily and it was stable.
  11. Do you like your Dell 8000 case?
  12. I picked up the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 last September to run my i7 860 and have been very happy with it. Here's one of the articles that helped me make my decisions:

    Can't speak to the Kingston RAM. I'm running with G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) CAS 9 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL which are not on the QVL list either, but I haven't had a problem with them.
  13. charliebird said:
    Do you like your Dell 8000 case?

    Yes for a uATX it is nice. I really like the styling more than anything else.
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