1500-2000$ - First Time PC Builder - Help


BUDGET RANGE: 1500-2000$ CAD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video editing, photo editing, internet surfing, school work (hobbies, nothing professional).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Peripherals, optical drive and video card


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Have never done so before, but willing to give it a shot)



My current PC is getting long in the tooth and I'm looking to try and build my own PC for the first time. I'm a beginner, but a quick learner, so bear with me :D. I have a 4850 GPU (not the greatest I know, but I'm hoping to use it for now in the new build and upgrade at a later point in time - so my price estimates exclude the GPU, unless you guys think the upgrade is absolutely necessary). I'm willing to try overclocking once I better educate myself on the matter (have never done it before and wish to do so safely).

So far this is the list of parts I've compiled and am leaning towards, I'm wondering if this is a solid (and functional) build.

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 - $299.99

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D - $304.99 or GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $229.99
I'm wondering if choosing the Asus board is more "future proof" or presents any serious advantages (or noticeable differences) over the Gigabyte board to justify the price differential for my uses.

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $193.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB - $89.99

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W - $193.99
Is this overkill? Like I mentioned earlier, I'm intending on overclocking at some point and will most likely be utilizing crossfire in the future.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 - $159.99 or COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - $109.99
Is the 932 worth the upgrade for its cost? Is there a major difference between the two cases which could limit what I can do with it? I don't really care about the looks, just the functionality and whether or not it will hinder what I can do with it.

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ - $29.99
Should I be taking a look at the Prolimatech Megahalems?

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $19.99

If I stick to the more expensive subsets, I come to a subtotal of $1,292.92.

Does this seem like an acceptable build? Are there spots where I should trim or improve upon? Also, should I be looking at SSD, or is that overkill at this point for my uses and its price point at this point in time? Would it be something that would be difficult to tack on later (perhaps with a price drop)?
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    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

    Cpu cooler ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

    Mobo: ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664BN1608 - OEM

    HDD:Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Gpu:SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Power supply:Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

  2. Best answer
    My recommendations...

    1) Intel Core i7 930 and ASUS P6X58D-E Combo

    2) I would go with the HAF 922 over the HAF 932... IMO. They are very similar in size and the HAF 922 is cheaper :)

    3) Drop the 850HX PSU, which is WAY overkill for your ATI 4850. I would look at the Corsair CMPSU-750TX, which is strong enough to Crossfire to 5870's.

    I'm in agreement with the rest of your build!!
  3. Thanks for the input, much appreciated.
  4. Best answer selected by Monkeybutlerz.
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