First i7 Build

I'm a gamer and a PC enthusiasts.

Photoshop, After Effects, Sony Vegas

Any online game to a killer like Crysis

The following parts that I have decided on are really rough and I would love any recommendations for the whole build.
If there is a blank "?" that means I really don't know.

Processor (CPU): i7 920
Motherboard: EVGA Classified X58 EATX
DDR3 Memory (RAM): Corsair XMS3 Dominator GT 6GB
Video Cards: Geforce 470GTX (I know there are better ATI cards but I'm a Nvidia guy)
Computer Case: ? (I right now have an Antec 900)
Power Supply: ? (I right now have an Antec Earthwatts 750w)
CPU Cooling: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler (I right now have a pretty good fan but...not any brand name like ZALMAN)
Water Cooling: ? (Right now I really want Water Cooling...but I don't know anything about it and which is the best)
LCD Monitors: 19'' ViewSonic 75Hz
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

Hard Drives: ? (I really only need 1 TB. Anyone know which ones good?)
DVD Writer: ? (Suggestions)
Solid State Drives: ? (I reaaaally want one of these for just OS booting time reduce)

Network Card: Bigfoot Xeno Pro

Sound Card: Auzentech 7.1 Prelude

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In a month BUDGET RANGE: 1000-2000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Graphics, Gaming, Movies, Surfing the net, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Reusing Antec 900 and Antec Earthwatts 750w

PARTS PREFERENCES: I really don't care about brand name just quality.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I really like looking at specifications/facts.
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  1. Are you planning to replace that monitor? A GTX 470 on a 19" is overkill. Try re-posting with the template format so we can help you out.
  2. See the build advice form in my signature for more help, but here's suggestions to start off with.

    You might as well get the 930.

    Also I would recommend a different motherboard such as this one (which is sold out right now, but may be back in stock by whenever you plan to make your purchase)

    Then get this RAM

    Are you planning on reusing the case and PSU? They are definitely reusable.

    For the HSF, check out this one

    For 1TB HDDs your best bets would be a Spinpoint F3 or a 7200.12

    How much are you planning on overclocking? Watercooling is most likely not necessary.

    This ODD should do

    As far as SSDs go, this one is very fast and still reasonably affordable

    Finally, you probably won't need to buy a sound card as onboard sound is very good for most people.
  3. Honestly, I think that the Bigfoot is a waste of money as it dosen't really do anything useful...and Intel PCIe gigabit nic does just a much......

    DVD Writer: Samsung & HP make good brands
    Your case and PSU should be just fine.
    Water cooling is not necessary unless your going to do serious overclocking, or live in the desert with no AC.
    Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black for games/applications Samsung Spinpoint F3 for music/multimedia
    SSD: Solid State drives are too expensive right now to be really considered, I would wait for the price to come down some. Basically you could get 2.5 TB almost for the price of a 64 GB SSD. Is the performance worth it?

    I would definately ditch the Xeno, based on my experiance as a network engineer and as a PC gamer.
  4. alright I added a better format. thanks guys. Oh and I want to get the classfied and the 920 because of this bundle:
    think it's worth it?
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