Do you like my chosen parts for a new $1500+ system?



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video, graphics and music editing, surfing the internet, general computing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS ( I already have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, and other sites if you experts recommend it


PARTS PREFERENCES: Even though Intel is priced higher, I prefer it over AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but moderately as I want to avoid headaches



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first built. I am not afraid to try my hands at it. I very much want this new system to be reliable, fast and quiet.
I want to have a big smile on my face whenever I get on this beautiful new system, with your help of course.
Thank you so much in advance.

I read here a lot, and here are what I think are compatible , fast and highly-rated parts to build my new PC system.
These are NOT the best and fastest of computer parts, but I am looking for top value for my money.
I do value your expert advice and recommendations. Please check the following:


OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $279

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $140

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $200

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $230

Thermaltake W0319RU 850W ATX 12V 2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $90

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz CPU $290

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP6GX3M3A1600C7 $220

Sony Optiarc Black DVD/CD media burner and player $21

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler $35

TOTAL: $1,505

I already have a WD Black 1TB HD for data/backups
I would like to have 2 DVD/CD burners for easier copying, would you recommend a different brand (from the Sony above) for the 2nd drive as it may make Windows and the PC work without fuss as each drive will be using its own separate drivers? Just a thought.
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  1. Best answer
    Save $50 and get a kit of the Gskill Pi Series instead, they will be just as fast but a lot cheaper.

    Are you planning on gaming with this system? If not then you can step the GPU down a bit without issue. Does the software you use support CUDA?
  2. To hunter315:
    Thanks for the G.Skill memory recommendation.
    Regarding CUDA, my present software does not support it, but I want to be be ready for future versions that will support it.
  3. Great parts... well planned. I agree with hunter... you can easily save money on the RAM as it isnt any better... just paying a premium for the reputation
  4. Best answer selected by JohnUSA.
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