SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, web surfing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: adamant about keeping the i5, would prefer a Gigabyte mobo, anything else can be replaced if well recommended.
OVERCLOCKING: towards the end of the year not atm
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
So I have selected these parts for my first ever build. I went with the PSU because I plan on overclocking towards the end of the year. I also intend to remain with a single GPU with no plans of crossfire. How does this look for a gaming rig? Any suggestions that would save me some money without sacrificing the performance I am getting from this build? thanks.
Somethings that came to thought as I looked at it was you could take down your PSU since your not going to CF/SLi.
As for the MOBO, again since no CF/SLi there is the Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 which is only $119 but does not support SATA 3 and that is only a $10 savings IF you don't do the MIR. If you do the mail in rebate then they are priced the same + the SATA3 - your call.
Also look for the combo deals on the EGG, they seem to have a lot of stuff w/ the i5-750.
I am sure you can find a cheaper HDD. There is a Seagate or Samsung 1TB for $75.
You could even cut back on the GPU to a 5770 - depends on the res. you want to play at - I would get a second opinion on this.
Might want to look into some RAM with tighter timings. Something with a CAS7, might be only $5+
I think it looks good though man. looks like you've done your homework, but there really isn't that much to trim.