1st Time Builder ($1700 gaming PC)

Hey all, I am a first time builder and I am trying to decide between building one or buying a laptop. I like portability (and I have seen numerous positive reviews of the Asus G Series G73JH-X1 NoteBook on these forums) but to me it seems building one will save me money in the end as well as prepare me for upgrades. This is what I managed to come up with, please tell me if everything seems ok. I am a new builder so I am a bit clueless when it comes to compatability.

Approx Purchase Date: within the next 3 months
System Usage from most to least: Gaming, surfing, school work, video editing
Parts not Required: Monitor, keyboard and mouse
Pref Websites for parts: Newegg or anyother site you feel gives better prices and service!

CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.8ghz Quad-core $289

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D premium LGA1366 SATAIII USB 3.0 motherboard $300

RAM: G.Skill 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 tripple channel RAM $170

GPU: SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $380 (great video card)

(boot drive) : OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $120

(storage) : WD 1TB caviar black $100

Optical: Lite-on DVD-RW with lighscribe support $22

CPU COOLER: Coolermaster V8 CPU fan & heatsink $60

CASE: Coolermaster storm sniper mid-tower case $150

POWER SUPPLY: Antec TPQ-850 850W CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular PSU $150

Any suggestions? See anything that does not fit together? Possible to cut something out for cost benefits? Thanks in advance!
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  1. Welcome to the forum. Yes, all of your parts are compatible, good work.

    Maybe a Spinpoint for a bit cheaper

    This RAM is a tad faster, and is cheaper

    You could drop the V8 for a very well performing Hyper+

    You won't need that much power, maybe this one instead

    Finally, there's a form in my signature that may you could fill out just to be sure. For example, if this build is just for gaming, you don't really need all the power and high cost of a 1366 build.
  2. You can save $75 by going with this combo from Newegg... Intel Core i7 930 and ASUS P6X58D-E.

    Also, I would go with the Cooler Master HAF 922 or Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced, which are both cheaper and better overall cases... IMO

    With the above savings, get a better boot drive like the OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT50G 2.5" 50GB, which has larger capacity and faster overall SSD.

    ^+1 jbakerlent's RAM, HDD and PSU recommendatons.
  3. If you have an interest in the HAF 922 and you are willing buy it early, there is presently a special through newegg.com that will give you 50%. So it'd be about $50 with $20 shipping. Need to enter the code MINIHAF when checking out. Its good until the 15th of this month.

    I sound like some sort of Newegg propagandist but it saves folks money on their build so I'll mention it.
  4. If it is essentially for gaming I would drop to the i5 750, P55 mobo and Dual RAM. The loss in performance is negligible and instead you can improve the graphics card to a 5870 which will give back a lot more than you lost from the CPU
  5. CPU: Intel Core i7 930 2.8ghz Quad-core $289
    MOBO: ASUS P6X58D premium LGA1366 SATAIII USB 3.0 motherboard $300

    Unless you need double LAN, I'd get the ASUS P6X58D-E / i7-930 combo $513

    RAM: G.Skill 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 triple channel RAM is CAS 9. For $50 more you could have CAS 6 and still easily make your budget.

    CAS 7 can be had for $30 more, 2nd one comes with Avatar DVD

    All of the above are low profile so they shouldn't interfere w/ 3rd party heat sinks.

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $380 (great video card)
    It is a great video card and can't argue against the choice .... however, if you are willing to consider the dark side, this Nvidia alternative beats it in 8 outta 9 DX11 benchmarks (1920 x 1200 res, hi settings) .... it's $30 cheaper and comes with a free DVD Burner. The 5850's a better choice atm w/ DX10 games.

    OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $120
    30 GB is awful Small...$60GB version is $60 more

    WD 1TB caviar black $100
    Equivalent 7200.12 is $20 cheaper and F3 is $10 cheaper....see how they compare and decide if it's worth the $20 extra

    Optical: Lite-on DVD-RW with lighscribe support $22
    Comes free w/ above GFX card

    CPU COOLER: Coolermaster V8 CPU fan & heatsink $60
    Can't compare with these ... The Scythe 2100 rocks at the $35 category .... Prolimatech Megahalems at $65


    CASE: Coolermaster storm sniper mid-tower case $150
    POWER SUPPLY: Antec TPQ-850 850W CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular PSU $150

    For $300, I'd get one of these pairings. The TPQ gets a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating, the two recommended below get a 10.0

    Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 $260

    HAF 932 w/ Corsair HX-850 $330 (-$20 MIR = $310)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213 (blingy version + $30)
  6. ^CL6 is unnecessary, and the CL7 linked above is cheaper.
    The 470 is priced to close to the 5870 and runs too hot/loud/power hungry to be worth the extra over the 5850.
    30GB will hold the OS and essential programs, if you are looking for more get the Agility 2.
    We already discussed the 2100, it's a no go.
    You don't need an 850W PSU for a 5850 lol.
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