First Gaming Build, Help!! Build info listed...

Hi, all. I would like help and suggestions on this build using the information provided I will post the components and if you guys see where I can save on one part and improve on another PLEASE let me know.

Just a note, I'm not quite comfortable with liquid cooling so I have chosen fans to include in the build. I willl also post some of the info about the use of the computer. I like games but I will probably not be playing stuff like WoW or Crysis. More like The Sims 3 in very high detail Thanks guys!


BUDGET RANGE: 2000-2200 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: The Sims 3 + all expansions in high detail with no lag. Multimedia (Movies, music, photo editing, pictures, some video editing and burning) and grad school work. I will also be streaming some television shows.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard & mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (will consider if prices are better)


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI video card, LCD monitor



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is there an option for noise reduction padding? Is that a good idea?? If I could get red neon lighting it would make me happy :) Is a second hard drive a good idea?

- What games will you be playing and what applications will you be using? The Sims 3. I would like to play The Sims 3 at the highest setting so that all detail is shown and with minimum to NO lag. I would also like the computer to be able to handle all of the Sims 3 expansions and not begin to lag. I will be using some programs like PSP X2 and Roxio Creator 2010 and other similar programs. If burn time can be sped up that would be great.

- Are you looking at adding more RAM in the future? I can if it comes with at least 4-6 gigs now.

- Will you ever be upgrading the CPU? I don't want to, I need the best I can get now that will last for 3 to 4 yrs.

Ok, here is the build. On IBP it was aroud 2000, components in newegg were 1700 before shipping. I made notes (questions) in bold.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth Module (I didn't add this in newegg, but I would like bluetooth) suggestions??

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

Processor Cooling: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V REV.W with ACK-I5361 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

Memory: 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 - A-DATA Gaming Series

Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 - 1GB - Single Card (XFX from newegg, is that a good brand? and I may consider upgrading to the 5870, 2GB, is there a big difference?)

Motherboard:ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Motherboard Add-on: ASUS U3S6 True USB 3.0 & SATA 3.0 PCI-E x4 Expansion card Didn't add this on newegg, is it useful, needed???

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Primary Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Could use help with this, not sold on SSD, I can survive te 2.5 seconds of wait time. Is this a good one?)

Optical Drive: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22LP20 LightScribe Support - OEM feel free to suggest a better option

Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5" USB 2.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port feel free to suggest a better option on this too

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card I don't really need a sound card as I usually hook up speakers but if I choose to get one is this a good option?

Network Card:Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Network Adapter

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Monitor: Taking all suggestions, I see ASUS has some good ones, I don't need any more than 24in

I will go to a store for keyboard and mouse, I like to look at them before I buy. Thanks for all of your help!

ETA: I upgraded the post to fit your forum reqs, if you need anything else please let me know! Thanks!
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  1. Hi welcome to Tom's. First you can lose the sound card unless you are all about sound quality cause the mobo has a pretty good on board set up. Second if you want to save a little Newegg has a standard version of your mobo and the only difference is that you lose the dual Ethernet ports that the premium has and its about 70$ cheaper. One more thing is your memory, you can get this g.skill for a bit more and overall build will stay about the same price and you get better ram Your heat sink can maybe be changed to a Cooler master hyper 212+ you can get one for 20 bucks off micro center or 30 off amazon. It is not rated as high for cooling but it is recommended a lot.
    Personally I am using the Noctua
    and 12gb of this Ram- and if fits OK.
    Edit I am using the same Mobo as you have selected so i know it will fit for you.
  2. Thanks for your input carnedude. I also noticed a few combo deals so I will be checking those out to see if they pair some of my components.
  3. Anyone else have suggestions/comments? I updated the first post.
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