First Build - Please Advise

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of August
BUDGET RANGE: $1500-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, College Work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Vermont, USA

OVERCLOCKING: Eventually

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365&cm_re=p6t_deluxe_v2-_-13-131-365-_-Product

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225&cm_re=930_i7-_-19-115-225-_-Product

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365&cm_re=ocz_6GB-_-20-227-365-_-Product

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883&cm_re=radeon_hd_5870-_-14-102-883-_-Product

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&cm_re=wd_caviar_black-_-22-136-319-_-Product

POWER: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335&cm_re=dvd_writer_24x-_-27-106-335-_-Product

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have never built or overclocked a PC, but there's always a first time! What should I do for: Cooling? Case? Wireless?
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  1. change the hdd for a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb and ur done!!! nice build
  2. I've been running Crysis on a Dell from 2005 with a 2.80 Pentium single-core. I want a CPU with a LOT of power after that.
  3. first the i5 is very powerfull it scores better than the i7 in some games.
    2nd games need more gpu power than cpu power.
  4. Yeah, with my current PC, though, the CPU is whats bogging me down, everything else has been upgraded. i plan to do the same with this setup, so i want a cpu that will hold its own for a long time.
  5. changing the memory, better brand for less $$

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 998781
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226102&cm_re=mushkin_6gb-_-20-226-102-_-Product
  6. the i5 is a very powerfull processor the only difference between it and the i7 is the hyperthreading which no programs/games utilize or ever will.
  7. if you're interested, and to prove/disprove mrhoshos' point here's Tom's i5/i7 tests

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5,2410.html
  8. i know that the i7 is a bit better in day to day use and 1-6 fps better in gaming but is that worth the $100-$200??
    i guess not.

    plus if u want something that sometimes beat's the $1000 i7 980x in day to day use take a look at the phenom ii x6.
    nuff said.
  9. In what aspect does the phenom x6 beat a 980x? The 980x is an upgrade from the already better nahalem architecture while the phenom x6 is just a phenom x4 with 2 cores added on. The 980x even has a higher stock clock. The 980x is better in every way but I'm not saying it's worth $1000
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